Vision & Team

Vision & Team

The mission of Philadelphia READS is to “raise a city of readers” through quality out of school time programs focused to get children and youth to read on or above grade level by grade 4.

Philadelphia READS was honored by SmartCEO as a Philadelphia 2017 Corporate Culture Awards Winner. The Corporate Culture Awards celebrate 25 of Philadelphia’s companies that foster a creative, collaborative and successful workplace culture. This year’s winners were celebrated at an awards ceremony on December 7, 2017 at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue.

Philadelphia READS celebrates its 2oth Anniversary by recognizing its founders Dr. Marciene Mattleman and Governor Edward G. Rendell.

Philadelphia READS changes leadership as Dr. Adrienne Jacoby retires (for the second time) and joins the Board of Directors as an Emeritus Member.

Philadelphia READS receives the "Community Partnership Award" from Mutual of America.

Philadelphia READS becomes an independent nonprofit, with 501 c(3) status. It had previously been governed by the Urban Affairs Coalition.

Philadelphia READS receives the "Coming Up Taller Award for Youth, Arts, and The Humanities" from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities at the White House for Summer READS.

Philadelphia READS receives the "Great Friend to Kids and Education in Philadelphia Award" from the Please Touch Museum for the Summer READS program.

Philadelphia READS creates and launches the Book Bank to serve local teachers with the provision of classroom library books and supplies. The Book Bank fills a gap that educators face as they are required to have a classroom library, but are not provided a budget to secure one, which means they fund their classroom materials themselves. As a retired School District educator, Tom Jacoby understood this and started the Book Bank. Dr. Adrienne Jacoby, a retired school principal, takes over the organization for her late husband, Tom Jacoby.

Philadelphia READS receives the "Friend Award" from First Philadelphia Charter School.

Philadelphia READS grows and adds a new program, Summer READS, and The Philadelphia READS Reading Olympics is piloted with 6 schools in West Philadelphia. Today, there are nearly 150 teams, competing annually in the Reading Olympics.

Philadelphia READS receives the "President's Award" from the Schoolmen's Club of Philadelphia.

Mayor Street continues support of Philadelphia READS as an initiative of the mayor's office and Tom Jacoby carries on the work of the founding Executive Director, Marcienne Mattleman.

The first program, Power Partners, is launched, with 3 law firms in the city, including the mayor's firm, Ballard Spahr, as the first participants. Today, there are 20+ Power Partners across the city and surrounding area.

Presidential Summit held in Philadelphia. President Clinton holds a "Call to Action" to Americans to get involved with tutoring our children and youth, particularly in literacy development. Mayor Rendell and nonprofit guru Marcienne Mattleman collaborate to create Philadelphia READS as an independent initiative of the mayor's office. It was funded solely by private donations, including a 10-year contract of $200,000 from the Annenberg Foundation.

SmartCEO Award

Philadelphia READS was honored by SmartCEO as a Philadelphia 2017 Corporate Culture Awards Winner. The Corporate Culture Awards celebrate 25 of Philadelphia’s companies that foster a creative, collaborative and successful workplace culture. This year’s winners were celebrated at an awards ceremony on December 7, 2017 at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue.

The Corporate Culture Awards program honors companies that foster a creative, collaborative workplace culture to enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage. Smart leaders understand that culture is a company’s greatest asset, driving performance and growth. What’s more, a successful culture is actively and intentionally cultivated and developed. Corporate Culture Awards winners will have championed for a positive, productive culture in their organization, and will have worked with employees to develop successful cultural practices.

Leadership

Board of Directors

Lowell L. Thomas, Esquire
Chairman
Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation

Chris Singler
Vice Chairman
Friends Select School

Elizabeth Uhlhorn
Secretary
The Dow Chemical Company

William Goebel
Treasurer
FS Investment Corporation

Emmanuel L. Brown, Esquire
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Christine Caputo
Free Library of Philadelphia

Kate Garrett
Community Partner

Meghan O’Donnell
Comcast Corporation

Kim Powers
PECO Energy Company

Jeff Raudenbush
TD Bank

Ellen Rinaldi
Vanguard

Burt Siegel
Community Partner