Chief Development Officer
Colonel Raymond Hord, USMC (Ret), joined The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund following distinguished career service in the United States Marine Corps, and subsequent extensive experience spanning 15 years as a senior executive in the nonprofit field.
Prior to joining The Memorial Fund, Ray was most recently a partner at Fernando Partners, a philanthropy consulting firm specializing in advising medium to large sized non-profit organization in the areas of fundraising, communications and marketing. Ray also served as Vice President of Development for the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and in this role had overall fund raising responsibility for the capital campaign to bring forward the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Additionally, he developed a national-level direct marketing strategy to sustain the organization. During Ray’s tenure, the Foundation successfully raised well over $100 million toward establishing the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
Previously, Ray was Senior Vice President at the United Service Organizations (USO), a global nonprofit providing morale outreach programs for forward deployed military personnel. He placed special emphasis on corporate sponsorships and cause-related marketing, achieving significant brand exposure for corporate donors at concert sites in combat theaters. Ray also personally briefed Members of Congress on the USO mission, requesting and securing more than $20 million in appropriations for the USO Endowment Fund.
Ray’s Marine infantry officer experience included a combat tour in Vietnam, command assignments at the battalion and regimental levels, as well as key staff positions involving high-level policy formulation and capabilities marketing for the senior-most Marine Corps leadership. He is a proud recipient of the nation's third highest decoration for valor, the Silver Star Medal.
With his rich military and non-profit experience, Ray is fully conversant with managing major campaigns, and with all strategies and techniques required for effective nonprofit financial performance. Ray has spoken before several professional audiences including the Direct Marketing Association; the Marine Corps League; the Promotion Marketing Association; the Marine Corps Association; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He resides in Gainesville, VA, with his wife, Sheila, and son, Ryan.