Estelle Richman 2010

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Siobhan Reardon is President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Through her leadership, the reimagining of the Free Library of the future is highlighted via the Library’s “Building Inspiration” campaign marking the physical and programmatic changes necessary to present a viable 21st Century library organization. Notable programmatic enhancements include the establishment of the Culinary Literacy Center, the Center for Public Engagement and the Business Resource and Innovation Center which supports the development and advancement of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Ms. Reardon holds a B.A. from SUNY Purchase (NY), an M.A. from Fordham University, and an M.L.S. from the Palmer School of Library Science at Long Island University. She serves on a number of Boards in Philadelphia and nationally and was named Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year in 2015.

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.




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