Partnership for Community Development


Our mission is to inspire and empower citizens of all ages to engage in continuous learning, which - through conversations and synchronized action with neighbors and organizations - builds relationships, counters social challenges, and increases quality of life in communities in the United States and around the world.

project spotlight:

Redfields to Greenfields is a nation-wide initiative to transform vacant lots in major American cities into a financially-sustainable and resident-friendly open spaces. PCD collaborated with the Speedwell Foundation, the City of Phoenix, and Virginia Tech on plans to strengthen the provision of parks and connectors in Phoenix.

our philosophy

We believe that communities are most successful in creating their ideal living conditions when they utilize their own resources and mobilize engagement among their stakeholders. By working together, people and organizations can discover new solutions in synergy. We also value the interdependence of theory and practice. In our projects we utilize findings of state-of-the-art community development research. At the same time, as a university center, we deliberately work towards sharing the lessons we have learned with a broader audience of academics and practitioners. We hold as key tenet of our work a drive to inspire communities to proceed on a journey of learning, discovery, and civic engagement and to support them on their pathways to success. 

School of Community Resources and Development

411 N. Central Ave. Suite 550
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0685
Mail Code 4020
P (602) 496-0550
F (602) 496-0953

For more information about our work, please contact Dr. Richard Knopf