Dorothy Richardson Awards for Resident Leadership

Celebrating resident leadership

I believe people get their roots down when they own their houses...take pride in them. That, in turn, is good for a whole city. Why should a neighborhood be a slum when it can be a place of good, liveable homes?
- Dorothy Richardson

For more than 20 years, the Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership has been bestowed annually in recognition of outstanding contributions by dedicated community leaders. Awardees have invested their energies and talents to bring about specific change that positively impacts their neighborhoods and communities. Each of their stories and photos represents an important piece of our NeighborWorks history and serves as an example of what each of us can do for our community.

Origins of the award

The award is named in honor of Dorothy Richardson, a pioneer in the community-based development movement who was the driving force behind the establishment of Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. in Pittsburgh, the forerunner of today's NeighborWorks America network.

Richardson and her neighbors banded together in the 1960s to save their declining Pittsburgh neighborhood from demolition. They recruited partners in local government and the business community. Together, they not only helped revitalize their community, but also set a precedent that changed the nation's approach to urban redevelopment and spawned the new field of community-based development.

2014 Winner Profiles

Jason Amboo...green crusader
Jason Amboo: the unlikely leader at the end of the block
Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP)

Most adolescents are all about video games, sports and how to get out of chores. Not Jason Amboo. At 14, the Maryland resident is the youngest recipient of a Dorothy Richarson Award from NeighborWorks America, for demonstrating environmental stewardship, mobilizing his community to come together over common goals and mentoring other youth. Read more.
Paul Bertha...community’s leading man
Sharon Bagley...Mama Peacemaker
Fred Fife...relentless hometown “kid”
Ken Grubbs...barrier bulldozer
Chip Rogalinski...redevelopment pioneer
Marcy Tanger...weatherization warrior
Gloria Zamudio...champion fighter

Dorothy Richardson Winner Archives

2013 Winners
2012 Winners
2011 Winners
2010 Winners