Richard S. Kordesh
Restoring Power to Parents and Places

Richard S. Kordesh, author of Restoring Power to Parents and Places

Richard Kordesh is the author of a new approach to community development: “Family-generated community building.”  His thirty-five years of professional practice, university teaching, and research – and his experience as a father of four children – have reflected his conviction that good communities around children form when mothers and fathers participate as co-builders with the schools, local governments, nonprofit agencies, and religious institutions. Richard has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Penn State University-University Park, Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.  He has conducted projects funded by the Oak Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland), EveryChild (London, UK), the Grand Victoria Foundation, Living Cities: The National Community Development Initiative, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, and various government agencies.  Mr. Kordesh has led two statewide community development initiatives for children in governor’s offices in Illinois and Pennsylvania.  Richard earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at Indiana University-Bloomington.