Timothy C. Coughlin began his term as chairman of the WETA Board of Trustees in February 2009. As chairman, Coughlin guides the board in policies and strategic planning for WETA’s operations and works closely with station management to lead the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital. A member of the WETA Board of Trustees since 2007, Coughlin previously served as chairman of the WETA Finance Committee.
Coughlin is presently a managing director at Edgemoor Investment Advisors, where he serves on the investment committee, develops and manages client relationships and provides asset-allocation advice and personal-finance planning. He also has 40 years of experience in banking, including 21 years with Riggs National Corporation where he was president from 1992 to 2004 after serving as president of Riggs Bank from 1985 to 1992. Previously, Coughlin held executive positions at Banque Paribas and Chase Manhattan Bank.
In addition to his service on the WETA Board of Trustees, Coughlin is currently a member of the Dean’s Council at the Washington National Cathedral, a board director of the Economic Club of Washington and a director emeritus of the Federal City Council. Prior community involvement includes treasurer of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; chairman of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington; treasurer of St. Alban’s Church; and trustee of St. Alban’s School, the Alban Institute, Colby-Sawyer College, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Coughlin holds an MBA from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, and he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He married Laura Jane Philipp in 1967. They have four children and nine grandchildren and reside in Bethesda, Maryland.