Headshot of Reginald (Reggie) E. Gordon Esq.

Reginald (Reggie) E. Gordon Esq.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Studies

  • Profile

    Gordon received his undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Duke University and his Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. He began his professional career as an attorney for Central Virginia Legal Aid in Emporia, Virginia. After that he was employed by the national Red Cross in Washington, D.C. as an in-house counsel biomedical attorney. He eventually became a Senior Associate General Counsel and the national Ethics Officer.

    Gordon 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 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 of 2007, he became the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross. His territory expanded over the years. When he left the Red Cross in June of 2016 he was responsible for Red Cross operations throughout the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Gordon became the Director of the Office of Community Wealth Building for the City of Richmond in June of 2016. He is a past chair of the board for Leadership Metro Richmond. He is currently on the board of Bon Secours Healthsource, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation and the and Commonwealth Transfusion Foundation. He is on the Virginia Resources Authority Board for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a member of the Richmond Rotary. He is also a founding member of the Ujima Legacy Fund.

    • Awards

      Outstanding Community Service Award, Ministers Wive of RIchmond

      Community Leadership Award, African Community Network

      President’s Award and Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club of Richmond

      Verizon Arête Award, Leadership Metro Richmond

      Triumphant Baptist Church Youth Ministry Trailblazer Award

      Leadership Metro Richmond Ukrop Community Vision Award

      Better Housing Coalition Creative Collaborator Leadership Award

      John Jasper Trailblazer Award, Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church

      Editor’s Pick – Object of Affection, Richmond Magazine

      Bright Light Award, International Association of Minister’s Wives

      Bradshaw Fellowship, “Humanities for Professionals,” Claremont Graduate School

    • Memberships

      Leadership Metro Richmond, Class of 2002

    • Bar Admissions

      State Bar of Virginia, 1988

    • Professional Experience

      Chief Executive Director (2007-present)

      American Red Cross, Eastern Virginia Region, Richmond

      Executive Director (2005-2007)

      William Byrd Community House, Richmond

      Executive Director (1998-2005)

      Homeward, Richmond

    • Certifications

      Certificate of Civil Mediation, Coast-to-Coast Mediation Center, 1994

    • Community Service

      Board Memberships

      • Community Trustee, Junior League of Richmond
      • Bon Secours Health System Board of Directors
      • Virginia Blood Foundation Board
      • Richmond Memorial Health Foundation Board of Directors
      • Greater Richmond Transit Corporation
      • Dominion Customer Advisory Board
      • Former Member, Homeward Board of Advocates
      • Former Chair, Leadership Metro Richmond

      Mayoral Appointments

      • Mayoral Appointment, Richmond Counts! Census 2000 Committee
      • Mayoral Appointment, Richmond Community Criminal Justice Board
      • Mayoral Appointment, Richmond City Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Policy
      • Mayoral Appointment, Richmond City Anti-Poverty Commission