The CEDC was founded in 1977 by Ron Williams and Leon Fitzpatrick. These two customer-contact telephone workers decided to take direct action to help curb deteriorating social and economic conditions in the community in which they worked. A political Science graduate of St. Josephs University, Ron Williams, also a former Military Academy Tactical and Training Officer and Vietnam Company Commander, serves as President of the Board of Directors and Executive Director. Leon Fitzpatrick serves as Treasurer and Board Chairman. CEDC received its Federal tax-exempt status in 1986 and 1998 marks its 21st year in service to the Philadelphia Community. As a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization, CEDC is a member of the Support Community Outreach Program, Department of Human Services, City of Philadelphia.