Profiles in Philanthropy: Trustee Dick Bodorff on the Academy, CBMM, and the YMCA

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Periodically, the country’s new president has referred to some his cabinet appointments as coming from “central casting.” Using his unique phrasing, President Trump is clearly referring to a person who is a perfect fit to a particularly difficult position to fill.

That definition could very easily apply to Talbot County’s Richard Bodorff and the extraordinary roles he has played on local Talbot County nonprofit boards.

A Washington DC lawyer during the week, with an exceptional background in the world of the federal communications law and regulations, Dick and his wife have made Talbot County their second home the last seventeen years. But rather than simply pursue his love of boating and other recreation activities while in residence, Dick made it a point to truly invest in his adopted community by joining several important governing boards of local nonprofit organizations and bringing with him his special skills and Midwestern common sense.

The Spy sat down with Dick a few weeks ago at Bullitt House to talk about his background in communications starting as a kid growing up in Illinois, followed by a early career at the Federal Communications Commission, including work on the famous George Carlin “seven words” controversy, and eventually his role as partner at the law firm of Wiley, Rein, advising clients on the FCC’s incentive spectrum auction and regulatory advice. He currently serves on the boards Academy Art Museum, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, YMCA of the Chesapeake and shares his thoughts on those organization and what it meant to be successful nonprofit organization.

This video is approximately nine minutes in length

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  1. Edgar Smith says:

    How lucky we are to have neighbors like Dick Bodorff!

  2. Howard Freedlander says:

    Dick Bodorff is a superb person and too-flight community leader. He adds incredible value to any organization with which he is associated. He brings a soft-spoken, highly intelligent and quietly effective approach to his civic engagement. His leadership raises the capability of his fellow board members.

  3. Ruey (Missy) Warfield says:

    Dick Bodorff juggles more volunteer leadership positions than meet the eye. Talbot County is lucky he chose it for his second home. So are we! RMW

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