Nord Family Foundation Hires Anthony Richardson Program Officer January 7, 2015


AMHERST, OH – It is with pleasure and excitement that The Nord Family Foundation announces the selection of Mr. Anthony (Tony) Richardson to serve as Program Officer.

Tony Richardson is a native of Lorain, OH, and a 2001 honors graduate of Admiral King High School.  While in high school, Tony was a two-year National Honor Society member, four-year LCABSE award recipient, a three-year varsity basketball letterman and named to the All-Conference, All-District and All-Lorain County team, respectively.

In 2005, Tony earned a Bachelors of Arts from Oberlin College, where he double majored in Politics and African-American Studies with a concentration in Education.  Shortly thereafter, he enrolled in law school and graduated from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law in 2009.  In law school, he entered a “write-on” competition and was selected to join the prestigious and nationally recognized Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (OSJCL), the nation’s second most cited journal on criminal law behind the Harvard Law Review.

In 2011, Tony was elected as a Councilman At-Large in the City of Lorain, becoming the youngest African American elected to an At-Large seat.  In 2013, he was re-elected and subsequently appointed Chairman of the Police, Fire, and Legislative Standing Committee.  During his time on City Council, he sponsored legislation to increase hiring goal percentages for minorities and women on city projects, supported senior citizen initiatives and worked diligently to address constituent needs and concerns.

Tony has spent a vast majority of his life working to improve underserved communities, using education, law, politics, mentoring, and volunteerism as vehicles.  He has volunteered on numerous levies and campaigns including the United Way’s capital campaign, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County’s capital campaign; Lorain City Schools levy committee (Civic and Political Chair), City of Lorain, Sherrod Brown, and Barack Obama. On November 15, 2012, Tony was one of 30 Ohioans chosen to attend a “Working Meeting on Fiscal Cliff” at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining The Nord Family Foundation, Tony worked as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Oberlin College.  He and his wife, Lacee, have an eight-month-old daughter, Zuri, and a three-year-old dog, Bruno.

The Nord Family Foundation is a successor to the charitable trust originally established by Walter G. Nord in 1952. The predecessor organization contributed more than $12 million to a variety of charitable causes between 1953 and 1988, primarily in Lorain County, Ohio. The Nord Family Foundation has contributed more than $101 million to nonprofit organizations in northern Ohio and select geographic areas of family interest. The Foundation’s major areas of focus over the last several years have been those projects endeavoring to strengthen families and strengthen public service.

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