The Bob Pohlman Lifetime Achievement Award

The Bob Pohlman Lifetime Achievement  in Community Development Award

Robert “Bob” Pohlman served as CNHED’s Executive Director from 2000 –2014, and was a beloved figure in the community development field, as well as a great friend, mentor, and colleague to so many of us.  Bob’s work at CNHED followed a 23-year career in the District of Columbia government, where he served as Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, Deputy Mayor for Finance, and Chief Financial Officer. His first post with the DC government was with the Model Cities Program, first as Fiscal Monitor, then as Budget and Accounting Officer. Bob began his career as an auditor in Chicago, but found his calling in public service while serving in Jacksonville, Texas, as a VISTA Volunteer. His career embodied a true commitment to public service.

Bob passed away this spring, leaving a tremendous hole, but also an enormous legacy.  In considering ways to memorialize Bob, CNHED’s board of directors approved the idea of an award that would be given to a community development leader who has at least 20 years of consecutive service and whose achievements have stood out in other notable ways.  The award will be presented during DC Community Development Week (October 15 – 19) at CNHED’s annual special event A Community of Leaders on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Honor Bob with a contribution in his name

CNHED is requesting contributions to endow the newly created Bob Pohlman Lifetime Achievement  in Community Development Award.  As you are able, please contribute to the award in addition to a sponsorship or ticket purchase.


Nominate a local leader for the Bob Pohlman Lifetime Achievement in Community Development Award

In light of his legacy, CNHED is introducing the “Bob Pohlman Lifetime Achievement in Community Development Award.” This award will be awarded to an outstanding local leader with at least 20 years of consistent service and leadership in the District of Columbia’s community development field.


Fill out the form below to submit your nomination of a candidate by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 14, 2018. 

Nomination Form Bob Pohlman Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Nominator

    Please provide your contact information for any required follow-up.
  • Who Are You Nominating and Why

  • first & last name

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