Coordinator of Mission Responsibility Through Investment and Social Witness Ministries Presbyterian Church (USA)
Rev. William Somplatsky-Jarman is the Coordinator for Social Witness Ministries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and staffs the church’s Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI). The MRTI Committee implements the church’s social investment policies for the over $10 billion of assets managed by its Foundation and Board of Pensions. He has coordinated dozens of corporate dialogues, spoken at many shareholder meetings, and authored several articles and study guides on corporate responsibility and environmental issues.
In addition to serving on the Ceres Board, present and past responsibilities include: Board of Directors of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), Interfaith Worker Justice, and the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights; represented the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro; serves on the World Council of Churches (WCC) Climate Change Program Steering Committee; and has been a member of WCC delegations to the United Nations Climate Change negotiations since 1995. Bill was also the chairperson and treasurer of the Eco-Justice Working Group of the National Council of Churches of Christ.
Bill holds a B.A. cum laude from Bethany College (West Virginia) with distinction in religion, and a Masters in Divinity from Yale University Divinity School with emphasis in social ethics, where he was awarded the Mersick Prize for effective public address, especially in preaching.