Episcopal Relief & Development Announces Election of Two New Board Members

Episcopal Relief & Development Announces Election of Two New Board Members

Press Release

January 7, 2020

Episcopal Relief & Development is pleased to announce the election of two new members to the Board of Directors. Mr. Miguel Escobar and Dr. David Martin joined the Board of Directors effective January 1.

“Miguel and David each bring unique leadership gifts, perspective and experience, as well as a deep commitment to Episcopal Relief & Development’s meaningful work,” said Teri Lawver, Chair of the Board of Directors. “I am looking forward to working closely with them to continue to elevate the mission of the organization.”  

Mr. Escobar is Executive Director of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary (EDS) where he works with the Very. Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of EDS, to build a Master of Divinity in Anglican Studies program aimed at forming Gospel-based, social justice faith leaders for The Episcopal Church. Previously, he served as Managing Program Director at the Episcopal Church Foundation and as Communications Assistant to then-Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.  Mr. Escobar also serves on Episcopal Relief & Development’s Church Programs Committee.


David MartinDr. Martin is an independent consultant, with broad experience in the software industry, specializing in the technical analysis of software systems. Additionally, he is an elected city council member in Ames, Iowa, and has served in local parishes in the roles of vestry member, chorister, website manager and clergy spouse, most recently at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Martin is also a part of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Administration and Finance committee.


“I am deeply grateful to Teri and all of our board members for generously sharing their knowledge, expertise and energy to further our global mission of working together to create lasting change,” said Rob Radtke, President & CEO of Episcopal Relief & Development. “Miguel and David’s wealth of experience and insight as leaders in the Church, the corporate sector and in their communities will be invaluable as we continue to expand our work in the priority areas of women, children and climate.”  

Episcopal Relief & Development, a 501(c)(3) operating under the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors that includes clergy and lay leaders from around the country. New board members are nominated by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and by the Chair of the Board of Episcopal Relief & Development in consultation with the Board’s Governance Committee. The Board votes on new members and elections take effect when ratified by the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. Board members are invited to serve three-year terms beginning on January 1, which may be renewed once. Additional information about the board can be found on www.episcopalrelief.org.


For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.