Dr. Al Condeluci
Al Condeluci has been an advocate and catalyst for building community capacities and understanding culture since 1970. Born and raised in the steel town of Pittsburgh, PA, still making his home there, Al received his Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Youngstown State University, his Masters in Social Work and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1973, he has worked as an attendant, caseworker, advocate, planner, program director and now, CEO of his organization, CLASS, which is dedicated to its mission - “working towards a community where each belongs.” CLASS, under Al’s leadership, has become a major disability specific agency in Western PA with a budget of $14 million and a staff and payroll of 300. CLASS was listed in the 50 “Best Places to Work” in Allegheny County, PA in 2007 and 2010. Through Al’s efforts, CLASS is “empowering people…creating communities.”
Along with his work at CLASS, Al is associated with the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and School of Health and Rehabilitation Science. In these academic roles Al teaches, supervises students, and serves as advisor and consultant.
Since 1975 Al has emerged as a national leader and consultant on human services and community issues. He speaks annually to national and international audiences reaching some 15,000 people each year. His books, INTERDEPENDENCE (1991,1995,CRC Press), BEYOND DIFFERENCE (1996, CRC Press), CULTURAL SHIFTING (2002, TRN Press) ADVOCACY FOR CHANGE: A MANUAL FOR ACTION (2004, ANCOR Foundation Press) THE ESSENCE OF INTERDEPENDENCE (2008, Lash Publishing) TOGETHER IS BETTER (2008, Lash Publishing), SOCIAL CAPITAL: The Key to Macro Change (2014, Lash Publishing) have won praises and awards for their thoughtful approach to culture and community and are now used at many colleges, universities and in-service settings. His books are now available through Lash Publishing website www.lapublishing.com (919-562-0015) or at www.classcommunity.org.
Along with his professional activities, Al is involved in a variety of civic volunteer roles. He is on the board of the Southwest PA Partnership for Aging, The Principle Investigator on an international “Community Engagement Survey” looking at over 250 individuals with disabilities in US, Canada, and Australia. In 2010, Al won the prestigious "Frieda Shapira Medal" given to the outstanding human service leader in Southwestern PA, in 2011, The NABIS Public Policy Award, and in 2013, the CLASS Community Hero Award.
Al is one of the founding members of the Interdependence Network – www.buildingsocialcapital.org, an international coalition of organizations and advocates interested in macro/culture change. He is considered one of the leading authorities in social capital, community engagement, and macro change.