L. Robert Bolling is the Chief Executive Officer at ChildSavers, a 90 year-old nonprofit agency that provides child mental health and child development services in the Greater Richmond, Virginia community. Prior to this position, Robert served as Executive Director of the William Byrd Community House, a community based agency serving the needs of children and families in the tradition of the settlement house movement of the early 19th century. Other nonprofit work includes Boaz & Ruth, an agency that helps the formerly incarcerated to achieve independence, and The Healing Place, a long-term residential recovery center for homeless men suffering from addiction. Early in his career Robert ran a youth workforce development program that helped high school and college students find summer employment.
Robert’s professional career spans nearly three decades and includes experiences in the public and private sectors before his nonprofit career. He began public service as a data analyst at the Virginia Department of Health before his work as a Senior Planner in the state’s Certificate of Public Need program. Robert served as the inaugural director for the State Office of Minority Health, an effort to find solutions for eliminating health disparities among the Commonwealth’s racial and ethnic groups.
Robert’s career started in the private sector in sales and marketing for Corning Glass Works in upstate New York, covering territories in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. His other business experience includes the operation of the jurisdictional business councils at the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce where he also led an initiative to get the business community to support reading by third grade.
Robert has lived and taught school in Botswana, Africa, at a multi-racial private school founded in opposition to apartheid.
Robert is a graduate of Amherst College with a degree in political science. He also completed a post-college, two-year fellowship through Amherst. Robert has studied leadership at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and completed coursework in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Snead School of Business. He is a member of the 2005 Class of Leadership Metro Richmond. He is married to the former Joyalin Mines. They have adult twin children and two grandsons.
Robert is a member of the Richmond Kiwanis Club, and he recently served as an Executive in Residence for the Nonprofit Learning Point, an organization committed to improving the capacity of the nonprofit sector in Central Virginia. Robert is currently the President of the Advisory Board of Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital. He has served on other boards, including 13-year tenure at his high school alma mater, the Groton School in New England, where he was Chair of the Student Life Committee. In 2016 Robert received the Distinguished Grotonian award which recognizes graduates whose lives of highly distinguished service reflect the essential values of the School. Robert has a passion for mentoring young people and seeks each day to find peace.