Estelle B. Richman, Member

Estelle B. Richman, Member

Commissioner, SRC

Estelle Richman retired in 2013, as 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. She continues her service in retirement, by serving on several national and local non- profit Boards. More recently, she has worked with the transition teams for Governor Wolf and Mayor Kenney.

Ms. Richman has served as Secretary of the PA Department of Public Welfare for seven (7) years.  Some highlights of her work include closing State institutions, expanding community based services, taking behavioral Medicaid services statewide, creating a system of care for people on the Autism spectrum, integrating systems of care, and being an advocate for people with disabilities. She also brought her experience to Philadelphia where she has served in various positions including Managing Director and Director of Social Services, Commissioner of Public Health, and Deputy Commissioner for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.

Ms. Richman is a nationally recognized expert on issues of behavioral health and children’s services. She has been honored for advocacy efforts by the National Alliance on Mental illness, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Medical Association, among others.  She is also the recipient of the 1998 Ford Foundation/Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government, the Lucretia Mott Award, and the Woman One Award by Drexel University College of Medicine.

Richman received her master’s degree from Cleveland State University and earned certification as a licensed School Psychologist in Ohio. Additionally, she has been recognized with Honorary Doctorate degrees from Alvernia University, Drexel University and Temple University.

Term Expiration:  January, 2022