Our Staff

Robert Dortch

Robert Dortch is the VP of Program and Community Innovation for Robins Foundation. His focus is in the areas of innovation, grantmaking and community collaboration. He formerly served as the Director, Community Innovation.

Before joining the Robins Foundation, Robert ran his own consulting and leadership coaching business for individuals and organizations where he served local, national and international clients. He has also served as president/executive director for three Richmond-based nonprofits. He was the president/CEO of U-Turn Sports Performance Academy and served as the director of community relations for Richmond Region 2007, a marketing and economic development nonprofit. He was the Executive Producer of the African American Trailblazers documentary and educational series that broadcast nationally on PBS stations. Robert co-founded the Ujima Legacy Fund, a giving circle designed to promote philanthropy among men of color and to provide funding support for nonprofits that serve youth through innovative education initiatives. For 10 years, he was the Senior Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Robert is a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in business management and a magna cum laude graduate of the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, with a Master of Divinity degree, He received his leadership coaching certification from Georgetown University.


As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Art teacher, sports broadcaster

What is your favorite thing/place/activity/meal in Richmond?
Favorite place – quiet evening at home chilling, relaxing and hanging with stars
Favorite activity – Dortch Man Bake-Off with my sons
Favorite meal – Sweet spicy shrimp tacos

What is your biggest fear or pet peeve?
Dogmatic refusal to learning and change

What is your favorite cereal?
Distant memories of Cap N’Crunch, Schoolhouse Rock and Saturday morning cartoons

Finally, what is the thing you love most about working at Robins?
Tribe Love!