Reginald E. Gordon
Director of the Office of Community Wealth Building, City of Richmond
Richmond, Va., opened the nation’s first Mayor’s Office of Community Wealth Building in 2014, a significant civic innovation within city government designed to foster a more holistic, comprehensive approach to poverty reduction. The Office is charged with reducing overall poverty by 40 percent and child poverty by 50 percent in Richmond by 2030.
Since June 2016, the Office has been led by a talented and compassionate servant leader, Reginald Gordon.
Gordon began his professional career as an attorney for Central Virginia Legal Aid in Emporia, Va. After that he was employed by the national Red Cross in Washington, D.C., as an in-house counsel biomedical attorney, eventually becoming a Senior Associate General Counsel and the national Ethics Officer. He returned home to Richmond in 1997 and worked as a fund developer with the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. He was selected as the first Executive Director of Homeward in 1998, the coordinating organization for homeless services in the Richmond region. After seven years with Homeward, he became the Executive Director of the William Byrd Community House, a multi-service poverty prevention agency, addressing the needs of low-income children, families, seniors and single adults in the city of Richmond. In July 2007, he became the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Gordon and the “Community Wealth Builders” on his team demonstrate qualities that span the Equipt to Innovate framework. They have boldly envisioned a new future for their city and its low-income residents, they’ve creatively partnered with both traditional and non-traditional players inside and outside of City Hall, involved residents on every step of their path and are deeply race-informed in their work.
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