Alumni/ae Council

Richard Nugent (MDiv ’96)

Unitarian Universalist Association; Washington, DC

Reverend Richard A. Nugent was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in April 1997.  From 1997 to 2008, Rev. Nugent served as interim minister to seven congregations.  Since 2008, Richard has served as Director of the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances.  In that capacity, Richard is responsible for the UUA’s national health plan, retirement plan, and other employee benefit plans.  In addition, he advocates for “fair compensation” for congregational staff and administers the Living Tradition Fund and other accounts providing financial assistance to ministers, both working and retired, in times of personal economic need.

Richard earned a B.A. in Economics from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and a Masters of Divinity degree (1996) from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California.  While a PSR, Richard chaired the CAPSR Council and received the Koinonia Award for community-building.

Before attending seminary, he spent 22 years working in public policy.  He has worked as a staff assistant to two United States Senators (Senator Gaylord Nelson and Senator Joseph Biden) for eleven years (1972-1983); as a political/market research consultant (1983-1984); as Director of Government Affairs for the Epilepsy Foundation for seven years (1984-1991); as administrator of a health care project in Indonesia (1992-1993); and as a lobbyist for the Unitarian Universalist Association (1996-1997).

Richard lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Eileen, and son, Asa.  Eileen recently retired from her career as a diplomat with the United States Department of State.