Chief Operating Officer
Robert Sokol joined the National Cathedral in November 2010 to lead a strategic planning effort, beginning with new mission and vision statements. This work concluded with the adoption of a plan and creation of an implementation roadmap to see strategic priorities realized. He has since completed the second edition of the Strategic Plan, spanning 2014-17.
As Chief Operating Officer, he assists the Dean in developing policy and streamlining operations across the organization. Over his four years with the Cathedral, his principle areas of focus have been enhancing the visitor experience, building a café, improving Close-wide relations, renovating the College, establishing the Veterans Initiative, and working on the financial health of the organization.
Sokol comes to the Cathedral from the Library of Congress. He began his 12 years there as the Creative Director for the Librarian of Congress and left as the Senior Advisor to the Chief Operating Officer. Sokol’s education in US–Chinese political-economic relations was completed at Seattle University and Nanjing University, China. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their two sons.