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Leadership & Governance

Meet the CPF Board Chair

Mary Kate Wold, CEO & President, speaks with CPF Board Chair Canon Anne Vickers about her background, what she enjoys about her service on the CPF Board, and her priorities over the next three years.

Governance of The Church Pension Fund (CPF) is provided by a 25-member Board of Trustees, 24 of whom are elected by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church. CPF's CEO and President, Mary Kate Wold, is appointed by the CPF Board and serves as the 25th Trustee. The CPF Board is responsible for oversight of the Church Pension Group’s (CPG) strategic direction and makes important policy decisions that affect the products and services that CPG offers the clergy and lay employees of The Episcopal Church and its institutions, working closely with its Executive Leadership Team.

Lay and ordained church leaders, experienced investment managers, business and professional leaders, and attorneys are among the professions represented on the CPF Board.

The principal governance documents for CPF and the Board are the Charter, Constitution and By-Laws of CPF:

 

A Message from the Chair

Published after each regular meeting of the CPF Board, A Message from the Chair reflects actions taken by the CPF Board that impact the products and services administered by CPF, as well as other highlights of the meeting.

Read A Message from the Chair—Summer 2024

Board of Trustees
Board Committees
Executive Leadership

Canon Anne M. Vickers, CFA
Chair, The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees
Canon for Finance and Administration, Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida (retired)
Tampa, FL
(Re-elected 2022)

The Rt. Rev. Austin K. Rios
Vice Chair, The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees
Bishop, Diocese of California
San Francisco, CA
(Re-elected 2024)

The Very Rev. Sandye A. Wilson
Vice Chair, The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees
Dean, The Cathedral Church of All Saints
Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
(Re-elected 2022)

The Rt. Rev. David A. Álvarez, MDiv, PsyD 
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico (retired)
Carolina, Puerto Rico
(Elected 2022)

The Rt. Rev. Diana Akiyama
Bishop, The Episcopal Church in
Western Oregon
Portland, OR
(Elected 2024)

The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, DD
Executive Officer of the General Convention
New York, NY
(Elected 2024)

The Rev. Brendan Barnicle, DMin
Rector, St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church
Wilsonville, OR
(Elected 2022)

Billy Boyce, CPA, MSA*
Manager, PwC
South Bedford, MA
(Elected 2024)

Sharon Brown-Veillard, Esq.*
Tax Attorney
Brooklyn, NY
(Elected 2024)

The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler
Dean, The Cathedral of Saint Philip
Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
(Re-elected 2024)

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, PhD
Bishop, The Episcopal Church in Connecticut (retired)
Vineyard Haven, MA
(Elected 2022)

The Rev. Amy Haynie
Rector, Saint Nicholas' Episcopal Church
Midland, TX
(Elected 2022)

The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, ThD
Dean and President/CEO, Seminary of the Southwest
Austin, TX
(Elected 2022)

The Rev. Gawain F. de Leeuw, DMin
Vicar and Priest-in-Charge, Holy Trinity Inwood
New York, NY
(Elected 2022)

John McCray-Goldsmith
Managing Director, Wells Fargo Investment Portfolio
San Francisco, CA
(Elected 2022)

Alexizendria Link*
Educator
Waltham, MA
(Elected 2024)

Sandra Ferguson McPhee, Esq.
Attorney, Law Offices of Sandra Ferguson McPhee
Kennebunk, ME
(Re-elected 2022)

Yvonne O'Neal
Social Justice Advocate
Financial Consultant (retired)
New York, NY
(Re-elected 2024)

The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior
Assisting Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, and Assisting Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
Spokane Valley, WA
(Re-elected 2022)

The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel
Assisting Bishop, Diocese of Southeast Florida
Bishop of Olympia, Resigned
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
(Re-elected 2022)

The Rev. Leon Sampson*
Curate, Good Shepherd Mission
The Episcopal Church in Navajoland
Fort Defiance, AZ
(Elected 2024)

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of San Diego
San Diego, CA
(Elected 2024)

The Hon. Linda E. Watt
US Ambassador (retired)
Former Chief Operating Officer, Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society
Raleigh, NC
(Re-elected 2024)

The Rev. Molly Weiss
Assistant Clergy, Christ Episcopal Church
Woodbury, MN
(Elected 2024)

Mary Katherine Wold, Esq.
CEO and President
The Church Pension Fund
New York, NY
(Appointed 2011)

*Biographies coming soon.


Biographies

The Rt. Rev. David A. Álvarez, MDiv, PsyD

The Rt. Rev. David Álvarez served as Bishop of the Diocese of Puerto Rico from 1989 until his retirement in 2013. Upon his election in 1987, he served as Bishop Coadjutor, Acting Bishop of Cuba, and as a member of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church.

During his episcopate in the Diocese of Puerto Rico, he developed Episcopal Health Services with major hospitals, home care and hospice programs, Episcopal Social Services for abused children, and Episcopal Homes for the Elderly, which has three homes across the island. During his time, the diocese became financially self-sufficient and rejoined the General Convention and the Church Pension Plan for clergy and lay diocesan workers.

He was elected to his first term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2022.

Bishop Alvarez received an MDiv from the Seminario Episcopal del Caribe and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies.

The Rt. Rev. Diana D. Akiyama

The Rt. Rev. Diana D. Akiyama is the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon and the first Asian American woman bishop in The Episcopal Church. In her early career, Bishop Akiyama worked as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor before she began her work in the Church, which started in 1988 when she was ordained to the diaconate at St. Mark the Evangelist in Hood River, Oregon. Following this, in 1989, she was ordained to the priesthood and served as Associate Dean (and Acting Dean) of Stanford Memorial Church at Stanford University. She later served as the Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at Occidental College where she oversaw a $2 million Lilly Endowment grant for the College. She moved to the Big Island of Hawai’i in 2013 where she was appointed the Dean of the local diocesan formation program (Waiolaihui’ia) while also serving as Vicar of St. Augustine’s in Kapaau.

Bishop Akiyama was elected to her first term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2024.

She received a PhD in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California, an MDiv from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and a BS from the University of Oregon.

The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, DD

A priest for over four decades, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe led growing urban parishes and was the founding dean of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Des Moines, Iowa. Before his election as the 26th Secretary of the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, he was Canon to the Ordinary in The Diocese of California and held numerous leadership positions throughout the Church.

Within the Anglican Communion, he was a member of the Anglican Consultative Council in 2019 and served as Provincial Secretary for over ten years.

A graduate of Harvard College, the Rev. Canon Barlowe worked on Wall Street before attending the General Theological Seminary in New York. He earned a doctorate from Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), where his research was on church planting among young adults. In 2017, CDSP also awarded him an honorary doctorate for distinguished service to the Church.

He was elected to his first term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2024.

He is married to the Rev. Paul Anthony Burrows, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he is involved in philanthropic work in the arts and the Church.

The Rev. Brendan Barnicle, DMin

The Rev. Brendan Barnicle serves as Rector of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Wilsonville, Oregon. Prior to this, he was Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon, where his ministry was heavily focused on the unhoused.

Prior to ordination, he spent 20 years working in investment banking, corporate law, and financial management. For most of that time, he was managing director, leading equity research of the software industry at a major investment bank. In earlier roles, he advised on mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and private financings both as an investment banker and as a lawyer.

He has combined his financial background with his ministry in academic work focused on faith and finance. In 2021, he published Financial Anxiety, and in 2022 he published Talking Dollars & Sense: Leading Theological Discussions on Money.

He was elected to his first term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2022.

He is pursuing a PhD in Practical Theology at Claremont School of Theology.

He received a DMin from Bexley Seabury, an MDiv from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a ThM at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, a JD from University of Washington, and a BA from Harvard University.

The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler

The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler serves as Dean of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, one of the largest parishes in The Episcopal Church. He has served on the boards of several schools and agencies and helped develop the formal structure of Atlanta's first interfaith group, the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta. He previously served as Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina.

Dean Candler is a writer and a frequent teacher and preacher in the US and the wider Anglican Communion and speaks regularly on the role of religion in matters of science and environmental sustainability.

He was elected to his second term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2024.

He received a BA, cum laude, from Occidental College, an MDiv, magna cum laude, from Yale University Divinity School, and a DDiv, honoris causa, from The University of the South.

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, PhD

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas served as the 15th Bishop Diocesan of The Episcopal Church in Connecticut from 2010 to 2022. He was the Angus Dun Professor of Mission and World Christianity at the Episcopal Divinity School, then located in Cambridge, MA, from 1989 to 2010, and served as Priest Associate at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge.

He worked as a Volunteer for Mission in the Episcopal Church of Haiti from 1983 to 1984. He has been a member of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church and Chair of the Standing Commission on World Mission. He was the founder of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation and co-founded and still serves as the Co-Convener of Bishops United Against Gun Violence. He is a member of the Constituting Group for Episcopal Church Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice.

In the Anglican Communion, Bishop Douglas has served as a member of the Anglican Consultative Council, the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion, the Design Group for the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops, and the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism.

A sought-after speaker nationally and internationally, he is the author/editor of four books and numerous academic and popular articles on the topics of mission, the missional Church, contemporary Anglicanism, and world Christianity.

He was elected to his first term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2022.

He studied at Middlebury College (BA), the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (EdM), and Harvard Divinity School (MDiv). He holds a PhD in missiology from Boston University.

The Rev. Amy Haynie

The Rev. Amy P. Haynie serves as Rector of Saint Nicholas’ Episcopal Church in Midland, Texas. She was ordained in the Episcopal diocese formerly known as Fort Worth and has served Texas congregations in Keller, Wichita Falls, and Fort Worth. She also served on the diocesan staff in Fort Worth.

Before entering seminary, she worked as a registered nurse in ophthalmic surgery centers and an operating room registered nurse at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

She was elected to her first term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2022.

She received an MDiv from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and a BS in Nursing from Midwestern State University.

The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, ThD

The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge is the eighth Dean and President of Seminary of the Southwest. She was appointed in 2013 after serving on the faculty as the Ernest J. Villavaso, Jr. Professor of New Testament and as Academic Dean.

Dean Kittredge has served as a member of the Steering Committee for Theological Education in the Anglican Communion, as Chair of the Board of the Episcopal Evangelism Society, and President of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars.

She is a contributor to The New Oxford Annotated Bible and the Women's Bible Commentary, and the author of Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of JohnandCommunity and Authority: The Rhetoric of Obedience in the Pauline Tradition. She co-edited The Bible in the Public Square: Reading the Signs of the Timesand Walk in the Ways of Wisdom: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. She is the co-editor of the Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The New Testament. She also wrote A Lot of the Way Trees Were Walking: Poems from the Gospel of Mark. 

Prior to joining the seminary faculty in 1999, Dean Kittredge taught at Harvard University and the College of the Holy Cross. She serves as assisting priest at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas.

Dean Kittredge was elected to her first term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2022.

She received her MDiv, ThM, and ThD from Harvard and a BA from Williams College.

The Rev. Gawain F. de Leeuw, DMin

The Rev. Gawain F. de Leeuw serves as Vicar and Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity Church Inwood in New York City. He previously served as Rector of St. Bartholomew’s in White Plains, New York, and as Vicar for the English Mission in the Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea. He is a lifelong professed member of the Order of the Ascension, an Episcopal religious order grounded in Benedictine spirituality and organization development. He is trained in organization development and group relations theory.

He is currently a trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and serves on the real estate and finance subcommittees. He also serves with diocesan teams dedicated to creation care and economic justice. Most recently, he served on the General Convention’s Task Force on the Theology of Money. He founded the exploratory task force into establishing a diocesan credit union and has served on numerous boards.

Father de Leeuw’s interest in financial institutions began in 1995 when he worked for a community development bank. Since then, he has worked in the areas of public access to capital, shareholder responsibility, and financing energy transition.

In 2019, Father de Leeuw wrote The Body of Christ in a Market Economy, a monograph that offers a theological understanding of contemporary behavioral economics through mimetic theory.

Father de Leeuw was elected to his first term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2022.

He received a DMin in Congregational Development from Bexley Seabury and an Anglican Studies degree from the General Theological Seminary. He received an MDiv from the University of Chicago and a BA (hon) from Oberlin College.

John McCray-Goldsmith

John McCray-Goldsmith is a Managing Director at Wells Fargo, where he serves as a portfolio manager on the team managing the bank’s $40 billion municipal bond portfolio. As an institutional investor of the bank’s capital reserve under its chief investment officer, he is responsible for continuous portfolio optimization through the lenses of credit quality, return, liquidity, duration, corporate accounting treatment, tax impacts, risk management, internal audit, and compliance with federal regulatory requirements. Prior to this, John served as a public infrastructure investment banker at Lehman Brothers and Barclays.

His work supports Wells Fargo’s ESG and climate investment commitments, with a particular focus on building a portfolio of affordable housing and community development investments addressing the bank’s obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). He represents the investment portfolio on the bank's CRA policy reform working group, which provided stakeholder comment to the federal agencies leading the reform process and is organizing the bank's compliance with the revised rules.

John was a Presbyterian Mission Associate from 1988 to 1995, working with Habitat for Humanity International in Bluefields, Nicaragua, and Kingston, Jamaica. He has served The Episcopal Church on the Endowment Investment Advisory Committee for the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and as a board member for the College for Bishops. A fluent Spanish speaker, he is a parishioner and church musician at the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe congregation in the Diocese of El Camino Real, where his spouse of 35 years, the Very Rev. Julia McCray-Goldsmith, serves as Dean of Trinity Cathedral.

He was elected to his first term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2022.

He received an MBA and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in Government from Cornell University.

Sandra Ferguson McPhee, Esq.

Sandra Ferguson McPhee practiced law for more than 45 years in the Chicago area and had her own practice specializing in estate planning and residential real estate transactions. She is now semi-retired and living in Maine.

She is a former Member and President of the standing committee of the Diocese of Chicago, former Secretary of the Board of St. Leonard’s Ministries, and has served on the Diocese of Chicago’s Bishop and Trustees Committee. She has been a deputy or an alternate deputy to eight General Conventions and has served on the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church from 2003 to 2009. She has chaired The Episcopal Church’s Standing Committee on World Mission and has twice served as the Convener of the Episcopal Partnership for Global Mission. She served on the board of Bexley Seabury Seminary from 2014 to 2023 and chaired the board from 2021 to 2023. Within her parish, she has served multiple terms on the Vestry and multiple terms as Treasurer, Secretary, and Warden.

She was elected to her second term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2022.

For more than 40 years, she has been involved with the American Committee for KEEP, which supports a mission project in Japan. She is the chair of the board of Friends of Cuttington, which supports an Episcopal University in Liberia.

She received a JD from Boston University School of Law and a BA from Smith College.

Yvonne O'Neal

After a successful career as a financial consultant, Yvonne O'Neal now advocates for social justice. She serves as the Overseas Program Officer of Africa Development Interchange Network, a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. She is a former member of the Advisory Council of the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations. She is the past Vice Chair of the NGO Committee on Financing for Development and was a member of the Executive Committee of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women and the Co-chair of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development–NY. She is also active in the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons and New York City for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. 

Yvonne serves on the Board of Directors of Stand With Iraqi Christians and on the Standing Committee and the Task Force Against Human Trafficking and the Task Force on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the Diocese of New York. She chaired the Companion Diocese Committee for nine years and the Global Mission Commission for six. She received the Society of Financial Service Professionals’ Paul S. Mills Scholarship and holds several professional designations and FINRA licenses.

Yvonne was elected to her second term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2024. She currently serves as Vice Chair of its Audit Committee and is also a member of its Finance Committee. Yvonne received an MA from the New School University and a BS from the University of Puerto Rico.

The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior

The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior serves as Vice Chair of The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees. He is the Assisting Bishop in The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama and the Assisting Bishop in The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia.

He was formerly the ninth Bishop of The Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Before becoming Bishop, he served as the founding Rector of The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Spokane, Washington, Executive Director of Camp Cross, the Director of Education and Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, the Chaplain and Vice President for The Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies, and on the Executive Council for The Episcopal Church.

He currently serves as the Bishop in Residence and senior consultant for the Episcopal Church Foundation, on the Planning Committee for the House of Bishops, and as Chair of the Visionary Council for the Episcopal Camp and Conference Centers.

He was elected to his second term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2022.

He received a DDiv and an MDiv from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and a BA from Whitworth College.

The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel

The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel is Assisting Bishop, Diocese of Southeast Florida and the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, Resigned. He also serves as the Coordinator for the Lightline Pilgrimages North America. As Bishop, he supported The Episcopal Church in Western Washington and in its effort to live out the diocesan vision: to be an integral part of the Jesus Movement, by bearing witness to God’s redemptive reign and acting out God’s inclusive love, peace, and justice, uniquely living out this call within our specific local communities by being Locally Centered and Networked Communities, Forming Christian Leaders for Sacrament & Service.

Before this, he was the Rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas, and he also served as the Vicar of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Conway, Arkansas. He was ordained deacon in July 1996 and priest in January 1997. Before ordination to the priesthood, he was a hospital administrator in Arkansas and Texas.

He has served the wider church as a stewardship consultant for the Stewardship Office of The Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Network for Stewardship. He has served on multiple General Convention committees, including the Mission Funding Task Force, the Standing Committee on Stewardship and Development, and The Church Pension Fund, and is currently serving on the Assessment Review Task Force and the Task Force on Creation and Environmental Racism of The Episcopal Church. He is currently Chair of the American Friends of the Diocese of Jerusalem Board and serves on the Cristosal Board and the Compass Rose Society Board.

He was the Episcopal Representative to the Earth Charter Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, and was trained by Al Gore for the Climate Project. He received training from the National Organization for Victim Assistance.

He was elected to his second term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2022.

He received a DMin from the University of the South, Sewanee, an MDiv from the Seminary of the Southwest, a Masters in Health Services Administration, an MA in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication, and a BA, all from the University of Arkansas. After being elected Bishop of Olympia, he was awarded an honorary DDiv from the Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas. He is married to Marti Rickel, and they have one son, Austin.

The Rt. Rev. Austin K. Rios

The Rt. Rev. Austin K. Rios served as the fifteenth Rector of Saint Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church (Rome), a church of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. He is now the Bishop of the Diocese of California.

Prior to this, he served as Diocesan Canon for Spanish-speaking ministries and Rector of La Capilla de Santa Maria in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and as Curate at Grace Episcopal Church in Asheville, North Carolina.

He was elected to his second term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2024.

He received an MDiv from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest and a BA in English from Davidson College.

Canon Anne M. Vickers, CFA

Anne M. Vickers served as Canon for Finance and Administration of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, where the Office of the Bishop supports the ministry of 79 congregations and operates the DaySpring Episcopal Camp and Conference Center.

Prior to this she was President and CEO at AMV Consulting, Chief Financial Officer at Productivity Point International (Florida franchise), and Assistant Treasurer at Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation.

She was elected to her second term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2022.

She received a BS from the University of Florida – Warrington College of Business. She is a CFA® charterholder.

The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, DMin

The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook has served as the Fifth Bishop of San Diego since 2019, where her ministry focuses on church planting and church growth; strengthening leaders and congregations; and service to neighbors, including migrants along the US-Mexico border. Her previous service in the church included being Canon for Church Growth and Development in the Diocese of Oklahoma, and church planter, vicar, and rector of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to ordination, Bishop Brown Snook was a Certified Public Accountant, working in taxation for major accounting firms in Houston, Texas.

Bishop Brown Snook served as a member of The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council from 2012 to 2018 and chaired its budget committee and its Joint Standing Committee on Local Ministry and Mission. From 2022 to 2024, she co-chaired the Task Force to Advise the Church on the Denominational Health Plan, whose work produced important reforms to the DHP at the 2024 General Convention. She was elected as a deputy to the General Convention from Arizona four times and was a co-founder of the Acts 8 Movement, a group dedicated to revitalization in the church. She has served on the boards of The Gathering of Leaders and of Forward Movement.

Bishop Brown Snook is the author of God Gave the Growth: Church Planting in the Episcopal Church (Church Publishing, 2015), and the co-editor of Acts to Action: The New Testament’s Guide to Evangelism and Mission (Forward Movement, 2018).

She was elected to her first term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2024.

She holds a DMin from Virginia Theological Seminary; a MDiv from Church Divinity School of the Pacific; and an MBA, MAcc, and BA from Rice University.  

The Hon. Linda E. Watt

Ambassador Linda Watt served as a US diplomat for 29 years. A recognized expert on Latin America, she served as Ambassador to Panama from 2002 to 2005 and as acting Ambassador to the Dominican Republic from 1997 to 1999. She also served in Nicaragua, the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Russia, and Washington, DC.

She was the Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church from 2007 to 2011, overseeing the mission program, communications, development, financial, and operations staff of The Episcopal Church Center.

Linda has been a member of the Boards of Episcopal Relief and Development, Pro Mujer (a microfinance and human development organization), and the Adventures for the Mind Foundation.

In the Diocese of Utah, she was a General Convention deputy in 2016, a member of the Standing Committee, and a Senior Warden of her congregation. She recently served on the Church’s Task Force on Relations with the Church in Cuba. She was a deputy from the Diocese of Western North Carolina in 2022 and is currently the convener of the Episcopal Church’s Covenant Committee with IARCA (the Anglican Church in Central America).

She was elected to her second term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2024.

She received an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico and a BA in History and Spanish from Vanderbilt University. She speaks fluent Spanish.

The Rev. Molly Weiss

The Rev. Molly Weiss serves as assistant clergy at Christ Episcopal Church in Woodbury, MN, and as the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Adolfson & Peterson Construction, a $1B+ revenue nationwide construction firm.

As CHRO, she oversees the operations of the HR function, including benefit programs, 401k investments, talent acquisition, learning, and development, as well as compliance and investigations. Prior to this, she was the Vice President of HR for Mortenson Construction, HR Director at Ecolab and held various other HR positions. Her career has focused on the employee experience, including evolving culture, employee engagement, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, creating high-performing teams, and performance enhancement.

As a priest, Molly serves both as supply clergy in Minnesota and at her home church. She also chairs the Personnel Committee for The Episcopal Church in Minnesota, which provides guidance on compensation, benefits, and employment policy to faith communities.

She serves on the board of Great River Greening, an environmental stewardship non-profit serving the state of Minnesota, the Episcopal House of Prayer in Collegeville, MN, and was elected to the Disciplinary Board for Bishops in 2024.

She was elected to her first term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2024.

Molly received her master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University. She was ordained a priest in 2020 and was formed as a priest through The Episcopal Church in Minnesota’s School for Formation.

The Very Rev. Sandye A. Wilson

The Very Rev. Sandye A. Wilson serves as the Dean of The Cathedral Church of All Saints in the Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she is an Episcopal Priest who has led congregations and institutions for over four decades. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Saint Augustine’s University and as Rector of parishes in the Dioceses of Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Newark, and New Jersey. She has been the National President of the Union of Black Episcopalians, President of Province VI of The Episcopal Church, a long-time Member of the Executive Council, and Senior Deputy to the General Convention.

Dean Wilson has served as an Acting University Chaplain and Lecturer in Ethics at Vassar College, Adjunct Faculty member at Yale University Divinity School, Iliff School of Theology at the University of Denver, University of Minnesota Graduate School of Liberal Studies, and Seabury-Western Seminary Doctor of Ministry Program. She is also a trained professional executive and life coach and a consultant to various organizations and individuals on systems, conflict, transitions, moral courage, spirituality, and the transformation of society.

She was elected to her second term on The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2022.

She was awarded an honorary DD from St. Paul’s College, Lawrenceville, Virginia, and studied at Goethe Institutes in Germany, The University of Vienna, Austria, and as a John M. Allin Fellow at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland.

She holds a DMin and an MBA from The Graduate Theological Foundation, an MSWSIFI from Fordham University, an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary, and a BA from Vassar College.

Mary Katherine Wold, Esq.

CEO and President
The Church Pension Fund
New York, NY
(Appointed 2011)