Board of Directors

The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning.


  • D. Jeffry Benoliel, Chair
  • Jude Tuma, First Vice Chair
  • Lynn Charytan, Second Vice Chair
  • Folasade A. Olanipekun-Lewis, Vice Chair, Ex-Officio
  • James J. Biles, Treasurer
  • Richard Greenawalt, Secretary


  • Cynthia H. Affleck
  • Carol Banford
  • Honorable Phyllis W. Beck (ret.)
  • Benito Cachinero-Sánchez
  • Jeffrey Cooper
  • Tobey Gordon Dichter
  • Donald Generals
  • Richard Greenawalt
  • Melissa Grimm
  • Janet Haas, M.D.
  • Robert C. Heim
  • Renee Hughes
  • Michael A. Innocenzo
  • Phillip Jaurigue
  • Charles P. Keates, Esq.
  • Geoffrey Kent
  • Susan B. Muller
  • Peter D. Nalle
  • Patrick M. Oates, Ph. D.
  • Shelley Stewart
  • Barbara Sutherland
  • Karla Trotman
  • Joe H. Tucker, Jr., Esq.
  • Jude Tuma
  • Jay L. Weinstein


  • James Averill
  • Peter A. Benoliel
  • Marie Field
  • Elizabeth H. Gemmill, Esq.
  • W. Wilson Goode, Sr.
  • Alexander Kerr
  • Leslie Anne Miller
  • William R. Sasso, Esq.
  • A. Morris Williams, Jr.

Foundation Staff Contacts

General Information
David T. Edwards
Interim CEO
Contact: 215-567-5948
Shara Pollie
Senior Vice President of Development
Contact: 215-814-3525
Susan S. Gould
Assistant Vice President of Development
Contact: 215-814-3516
Alix Gerz
Vice President of Communications
Contact: 215-814-3509
Jim Pecora
Vice President of Property Management
Contact: 215-686-5312
Karyn Lyman
Assistant Vice President, Major and Planned Giving
Contact: 215-814-3538
Jenny Bogoni
Executive Director, Read by 4th
Contact: 215-814-4109
Jessamyn Falcone
Director of Development Services and Operation
Contact: 215-814-3513
Andy Kahan
Director of Author Events
Contact: 215-814-3531
Katherine Gulick
Director of Institutional Giving
Contact: 215-814-3530
Brittanie Sterner
Program Director, One Book, One Philadelphia
Contact: 215-814-3514