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 served (1977-1986) 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.