Board Vice Chair
As the adoptive father of a son born in Ho Chi Minh city, Richard Gervase joined the COV Board in 2017 to engage in work that helps children living in poverty in Vietnam have brighter futures. He is drawn to COV in particular because of its holistic, proven and culturally aware approach to alleviating poverty in Vietnam. Richard is a member of the Board’s Program and Governance Committees. He has had a varied career in affordable housing development and finance; community economic development; civil rights (housing desegregation, voting rights, marriage equality); education (clinical law professor, school boards, parent association president); fundraising (foundation, corporate, capital campaign, auction, gala); and non-profit leadership and strategy (executive director, board chair, legal counsel, consultant). In addition to COV, his volunteer board service has included Habitat for Humanity, Rainbow Families DC, New Community Trust, Dwight Hall at Yale, Maret School, National Child Research Center, and Adventure Theatre MTC. Richard holds a BA in History from Yale College and a JD from Yale Law School. He lives in Washington, DC, and enjoys theater, hiking, cooking, and travel with family.