As CEO of Sojourners since 2013, Rob Wilson-Black manages one of the largest progressive Christian organizations in the United States. Sojourners’ nearly 50 staffers resource 6 million people who visit Sojo.net annually and tens of millions who are reached by Sojourners through media and events, including the annual Summit for Change gathering in Washington, D.C. Rob is a liaison to the World Evangelical Alliance, World Economic Forum, and Aspen Institute, as well as top national foundations who support Sojourners’ messaging, media, mobilizing, advocacy, convening, and award-winning publications. A graduate of the University of Chicago (PhD, AM) under Martin E. Marty, and the University of Richmond (BA, MH), Rob served as a college and seminary vice president for 10 years before being named CEO of Sojourners. He is the author of numerous articles, blogs, podcasts, studies and a forthcoming book on religion and education. He was an editor of the multi-volume Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers. Rob has given talks on campuses including Duke, UC-Berkeley, Northwestern, the University of Chicago, the University of Cape Town, and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He serves as board chair of the National Museum of American Religion; on the Alumni Council of the University of Chicago Divinity School, Sidwell Friends School Parents Association incoming Clerk; Wild Goose Festival Board Treasurer; and adviser to Crestivex Capital’s social impact investing project. A member of the Indianapolis, Indiana based Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he lives in Virginia with his wife of 24 years, the Reverend Juli Wilson-Black, a Presbyterian minister in Alexandria, Virginia, and their children Hannah (16) Claire (13) and Owen (9). They travel with him to many of the 65 countries he has visited for research, speaking, and education.
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
On January 20, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Marion Superior Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. She was voted to the floor by the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 11, 2010 and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate (95-0) on June 15, 2010, making her the first African-American federal judge in the history of the State of Indiana.
Judge Pratt began her legal career in the civil rights law firm, Moss & Walton, co-founded by her father, the late Charles A. Walton. Moss & Walton later became Walton & Pratt, where she practiced law with her father, brother and husband. She served as a contract county public defender during her years of private practice and as Master Commissioner in the Marion Superior Court Criminal Division. She was elected to the Marion Superior Court in November 1996, 2002 and 2008 and served as Presiding Judge of Criminal Division, Court One from 1997 through 2008. From January 2009 until June 2010, she served as Presiding Judge of the Marion Superior Court, Probate Division.
Judge Pratt is active in several bar associations, community groups, and legal education organizations, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Outstanding Judge of the Year, several honorary doctorate degrees, and the Distinguished Service to Community Award from the Indianapolis Minority Police Officers Association. She is active in her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., serves as a mentor to several high school and law school students, and serves on several educationally-based advisory boards including the United Negro College Fund and Cathedral High School.
She is also involved with the Chicago-based Just The Beginning—A Pipeline Organization. JTB-APO’s primary purpose is to inspire minority students to enter the legal profession, convince them that a career in the legal profession is attainable, and assist them in college and law school admission and preparation. By working closely with JTB-APO, her goal is to work toward a more racially diverse justice system, at both the state and federal levels.
Judge Pratt received her B.A. from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and her law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. She is married to Marion Superior Court Judge Marcel A. Pratt, Jr., and they are the proud parents of one daughter, Lena, an attorney for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission in Indianapolis.