Community Development Council (CDC)
The Community Development Council (CDC) is the coordinating body for the CDI national network. It is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to establish professional standards through certification and training that will be recognized as valuable to both the community development practitioner and those who employ their services.
CDC was founded in 1995 to promote the advancement of standards of competence for community development professionals through accreditation of community development educational programs, professional certification, and the development of community leaders.
Support for the Council's activities comes from private and public sector sponsors and from fees generated by certification and accreditation services. It is not a membership organization but does maintain a registry of Professional Community and Economic Developers in good standing.
The CDC oversees the certification process through its board of trustees and works collaboratively with the Community Development Institutes to deliver the full range of services leading to certification. The 16-member board is comprised of representatives from private industry, government, educational institutions, and non-profits. SEDC serves as the administrative home for CDC.
CDC Board Officers
Director, CDI Texas
Executive Director, Community Leadership Programs
Lone Star College
Amy Whitehead, PCED
CDI Central Director
Assistant Vice President, Community and Workforce Development
University of Central Arkansas
Gloria Zacharias, PCED
Program and Policy Coordinator
Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD, HLM
Southern Economic Development Council
E.E. (Skip) Campbell, Ph.D.
CDI Southeast Director
Director/Adjunct Professor, Gadsden Center at
The University of Alabama
Michael Dougherty, PCED
Extension Specialist/Extension Professor
West Virginia University Extension Service
L. Steve Jones, PCED
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Ray Laughter Consulting Group
President/CEO, East Montgomery County Improvement District
Christopher Merrett, Ph.D.
CDI Midwest Co-Director
Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs Western Illinois University
CDI Northwest Director
Economic Development Specialist
Carolyn Motl, PCED
The Motl Group
Ivy Owen, PCED, EDFP
Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority
Robert Pittman, PCED
Janus Economics, LLC
Skip Smart, PCED
Director, Community Development
Louisiana Economic Development
Sandy Wittig, MBA
CDI Midwest Co-Director
Financial and HR Manager, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Western Illinois University
Honorary Advisory Member
Vic Lafont, PCED
South Louisiana Economic Council