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Audience in Lecture






Executive Director


Nord Family Foundation


Anthony Richardson is executive director at the Nord Family Foundation and former chairman of the Lorain Academic Distress Commission, a joint local and state committee established to turnaround Lorain City Schools in Lorain, Ohio.

In 2012, he served as the civic and political chair for the Lorain City Schools Levy Committee, which helped the school district pass its first levy for new operating dollars since 1992. Later that year, Anthony was invited by the Obama Administration to attend a “Working Meeting on Fiscal Cliff” at the White House. In 2011, Anthony was elected as a councilman at-large in the City of Lorain, becoming the youngest African American elected to an At-Large seat. During his second term, Anthony served as chairman of the Police, Fire, and Legislative Standing Committee, and sponsored legislation to increase hiring goal percentages for racial minorities, ethnic minorities, and women on city projects.

Anthony is an active member of Philanthropy Ohio, where he serves on the Public Policy Committee and Education Initiative Coalition - Steering Committee. He is also a board member for Funders Together to End Homelessness, an advisory board member for The Center for Effective Philanthropy and a member of the ideastream Community Advisory Board.

In 2017, Anthony received Philanthropy Ohio’s Emerging Philanthropist Award and was recently featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “The Influencers: People Quietly Changing the Nonprofit World.”

Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a juris doctorate from The Ohio State University’s Michael E. Moritz College of Law.

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