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 Reginald (Reggie) E. Gordon Esq.
Reginald (Reggie) E. Gordon Esq.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Studies

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.


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

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

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
B.A., Duke University 1982
Public Policy
J.D., Howard University 1986
Contact Information
North Court
(804) 289-8133