Estelle Richman 2010
DEBRA L. CAPLAN is currently serving as an Executive-in-Residence at The Forbes Funds, where she advises nonprofits in governance and leadership. During her longstanding career as a leader in healthcare at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Allegheny Health Network (AHN), and more recently as Interim CEO of Partner4Work, Ms. Caplan has been a steadfast advocate for community health and workforce development and advancing women's leadership. This passion continues through her many nonprofit board affiliations, including currently chairing the JewishHealthcare Foundation Board and previously serving as WQED Board Chair and President of the Pittsburgh International Women's Forum. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Harvard Kennedy School, she has received numerous honors, including the YWCA Tribute to Women and the Pittsburgh Women of Influence Award.
Estelle Richman of Philadelphia, PA is an exceptional leader in the area of human services, and began her job as Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2010. Prior to this federal appointment, she was named by Governor Edward G. Rendell to become the first woman Managing Director of Social Services for Pennsylvania. A year later she was appointed to the position of Pennsylvania Department of Welfare Secretary. Gifted with intelligence, judgment and steady temperament, she has introduced and implemented social services to serve highly vulnerable populations. As her numerous awards suggest, her reputation for fairness and integrity has raised her high in the opinion of government officials and in the community of families and children.