Richard A. Nugent has directed the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances (OCSF) since August 2008. In that capacity, he leads a team managing the UUA’s retirement plan, national health plan, and other employee benefit plans. In addition, the OCSF serves as a HR resource to UUA member congregations including recommendations regarding staff compensation, benefits, and staffing practices. In addition, OCSF administers the UUA Living Tradition Fund and various other institutional aid funds providing financial assistance in times of economic need to religious professionals and other congregational staff.
From 1997 to 2008, Rev. Nugent served as interim minister to seven congregations. Richard was ordained to the UU ministry in April 1997. Richard earned a B.A. in Economics from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and a Masters of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California. 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 resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Eileen, and his son, Asa.