Dr. Robert Wilson-Black

CEO, Sojourners

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As CEO of Sojourners since 2013, Rob Wilson-Black manages the organization, working closely with the Board of Directors and President & founder Jim Wallis. Sojourners resources the 3.3 million people who visit Sojo.net annually and the tens of millions of people who are reached by Sojourners through our media reach and events, including the annual Summit for Change gathering in Washington, D.C. Rob is a liaison to the World Evangelical Alliance, World Economic Forum, Aspen Institute, and Brookings Institution as well as top national foundations and others who support Sojourners’ messaging, media, mobilizing, advocacy, and convening. A graduate of the University of Chicago (PhD, AM) under Martin E. Marty, and the University of Richmond (BA, MH), Rob served as a college and seminary vice president for 10 years. He is the author of numerous articles, blogs, podcasts, and a forthcoming book on religion and education. He was an editor of the multi-volume Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers. He has given talks on campuses throughout the world, including UC-Berkeley, Northwestern, Georgetown, the University of Chicago, the University of Cape Town, and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He serves as co-chair of the National Museum of American Religion Board; on the Alumni Council of the University of Chicago Divinity School, Sidwell Friends School Parents Committee on Equality, Justice and Community; and the Wild Goose Festival Board. He advises Crestivex Capital’s social impact investing project and previously served as an advisor to the New America Foundation’s Smart Strategy Initiative. As a young evangelical Rob checked off many of the suggested boxes: have Jerry Falwell sign your Bible, attend Amy Grant concerts and Billy Graham Crusades, and meet with Chuck Colson, Carl F. H. Henry, and Richard Viguerie. Later came experiences of meeting with people of faith in Gaza, Guatemala, South Korea, and South Africa; marching on Washington for numerous justice issues; integrating his block on the Southside of Chicago; discovering his parents attended Gordon Cosby’s Church of the Savior in D.C. in 1960; spending time with the Rev. John R.W. Stott; and bringing Dr. Martin Luther King III and Julian Bond to university events for racial reconciliation initiatives. He lives in Reston, Virginia with his wife of 23 years, the Reverend Juli Wilson-Black, a Presbyterian minister in Alexandria, Virginia, and their children Hannah (15) Claire (12) and Owen (8). They travel with him to many of the 65 countries he has visited for research, speaking, and education.