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Our Mission

AIR, Inc. enables people, organizations and governments to make well-informed decisions regarding policies, human services, and organizational change in response to changing needs and resources.

Our Vision

AIR commits itself to helping to improve the quality of urban life for all citizens.

AIR’s capacity for playing such a role exists in its abilities to address community issues with research, information and communication skills, and to put diverse local leaders together to deal with issues.

It acts as a practical analyst and developer of public policy.

Our Goal

To improve community decision-making.

Our Strategies

  • To provide information to people who make community decisions and to facilitate an exchange of views and information between these leaders.
  • To provide information to the public in order that citizens are aware of, knowledgeable about, and involved in community decisions that affect their lives.

Staff

William K. Woods, President

Bill Woods is Founder and President of AIR. From 1968 to the present, he has worked in the fields of urban affairs and public policy as a consultant, researcher, writer, community organizer, and college professor. He served as a principal on urban research projects for the National Civic League, the Kettering Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the Stephen H. Wilder Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Episcopal Church Foundation. Topics of his research and writing include housing, homelessness, campaign finance reform, neighborhood and community organizing, economic development, federalism, regionalism, citizen participation, the church in the city and various local government issues. He served as a contributing editor for Urban Resources, the National Civic Review, and the North American Review, and he has written articles for numerous publications. Woods also taught urban studies at Wilmington College and the University of Cincinnati.

Edward L. Burdell, Director

Ed Burdell, CEO and co-founder of AIR, has an extensive background in regional planning and the government sector. Mr. Burdell received his BA from Washington and Lee University and Masters of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, Mr. Burdell has studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Alice B. Schneider, Communications Director

Alice Schneider is the Communications Director of AIR, Inc. She has a BA in English from Ohio State University and Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Schneider was an educator in the Cincinnati Public Schools for many years before working at Ohio Citizen Action in the public and social policy area. Ms. Schneider has held several leadership positions in various civic and volunteer organizations in Cincinnati. She was president of Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati and state president of the American Association of University Women.