Governor Tom Wolf revealed today his nomination to Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission.
Estelle Richman, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare from 2003 to 2010, is Gov. Wolf’s choice.
The SRC is made up of officials chosen by the Governor and the Mayor of Philadelphia and they are approved by the State Senate.
The Governor’s Office provided the following biography of Richman:
Estelle Richman is currently involved with several national and local non- profit boards and she also recently worked with the transition teams of Governor Wolf and Mayor Kenney. Prior to her retirement, Estelle was the senior advisor to the secretary of Housing and Urban Development for health and human services issues. While at HUD she held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Acting Deputy Secretary. Estelle was appointed secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare by Governor Ed Rendell in 2003 and held that position for seven years. Previously, she also served as the managing director for the City of Philadelphia and the director of Social Services. Other positions held by Estelle include the City of Philadelphia’s commissioner of Public Health and deputy commissioner for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. Estelle is a nationally recognized expert on issues of behavioral health and children’s services. Estelle received her master’s degree from Cleveland State University. Following her master’s degree, she obtained certification as a school psychologist and was licensed in Ohio. Estelle has Honorary doctorate degrees from Alvernia University and Drexel University.