Randolph Joins Kentlands Board

Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph may be the newest member of the Kentlands board of trustees, but he’s not in unfamiliar territory. He’s been there before.

Randolph, 63, of Chevy Chase Street served on the board from 2005 to 2007 and was recently appointed to fill the remaining term for resigning board member Peter Shiner. Randolph steps into the post as treasurer for the board.

“I am happy to serve. The Kentlands Citizens’ Assembly is blessed with sophisticated board members. Things are in good hands already, and I am glad to be supportive,” he said.

With a background in finance, Randolph is a natural fit to mind the community coffers. He said he is dedicated to securing Kentlands in a good financial position.

“Last time I found the assembly investments were neglected, and during my term I was able to identify that and invest in things that have a better return for the community,” he said, adding the community uses a good financial advisor and funds are only invested where they are 100 percent FDIC secured.

Randolph graduated from Yale and Stanford universities. He has a doctorate in history with a specialization in Russia and Eastern Europe. He worked for the National Council for Soviet and Eastern European research, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., as its treasurer.

Randolph grew up in San Francisco, Calif., and worked in Hawaii before coming to the D.C.-area to work in 1985.

“Our son Matthew learned to boogie board before he learned to ride a bike,” he said.

He and his wife, Frances, first moved their family to Rockville before waiting second in line to buy a Bozzuto condominium on the first floor off Chevy Chase Street when they initially came on the market in 2002.

Randolph said he considers himself an advocate for the handicapped. Due to a disability of his own, Randolph uses an electric mobility scooter to get around. During his first term on the Kentlands board, Randolph successful lobbied to have several curb cuts made so there would be easy access to the shopping area in Mid-Town.

Shiner’s term would have expired in November. Randolph said he would be available to run for a full term in November if he is needed.

“I was a Boy Scout leader from unit to council level. I volunteer for the American Cancer Society. I believe in doing things like that,” he said. “I live to serve.”

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1 comment for “Randolph Joins Kentlands Board

  1. Steve Greenman
    June 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Dear Krista:

    I read your article about Robert Randolph, how well do you know this guy? An Ivy League graduate, with a Doctorate from Stanford in Russian and Eastern European Studies. He worked for the National Council for Soviet and European Research, a non profit organization in Washington, DC.
    The man is 63 years of age, hmmmmm, this is very interesting! Let’s see he grew up during the Cold War Era, seems to me this guy was employed by the (Company). He was possibly, a Political Analyst,or a Case Officer, or with the Clandestine Service.
    The research non profit organization would seem to be a front or dummy corporation as a cover for the (Company), which is the norm for intelligence work.
    Well Krista! As a reporter what do you think?

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