Eric T. Washington, chief of the District’s Court of Appeals, was elected as president of the Conference of Chief Justices, the court announced Monday.

Washington, who has been chief of the court since 2005, will oversee the national organization that develops policies and educational programs designed to improve court operations.

In a statement, Washington said he planned to focus on securing adequate funding for state courts, ensuring appropriate language access to the courts for individuals with limited English proficiency and promoting pre-trial justice reform that will “honor the presumption of innocence while protecting our communities.”

The organization also acts as the primary representative of the state courts before Congress and federal executive agencies.