Meet the PanelistsEstelle Richman
Estelle Richman imagines the scenario when someone suffering a psychotic episode is arrested for a minor crime.
Estelle Richman

Estelle Richman is a nationally recognized expert on issues of behavioral health and children’s services. Serving as Secretary of Public Welfare for the state of Pennsylvania, Richman has insisted that the department's policies be focused on helping people reach their fullest potential and breaking down barriers to services for Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens.

Richman's career spans more than 30 years of public service. Prior to her appointment by Governor Rendell on Jan. 12, 2003, Richman served as the first female managing director of the City of Philadelphia.

She has also served in numerous leading positions in Philadelphia's human services operations. Prior to her appointment as Managing Director, Ms. Richman served as Director of Social Services for the City of Philadelphia. Other positions she has held include the City of Philadelphia's Commissioner of Public Health and Deputy Commissioner for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services; and Assistant Director with the Positive Education Program (PEP) in Cleveland, Ohio, a day treatment program for children with behavior problems.