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.


  • Barbara Sutherland, Chair
  • D. Jeffry Benoliel, First Vice Chair
  • Marsha Perelman, Second Vice Chair
  • Pamela Dembe, Vice Chair, Ex-Officio
  • Rich Greenawalt, Secretary
  • James J. Biles, Treasurer


  • Robert Adelson
  • Cynthia H. Affleck
  • Carol Banford
  • Judge Phyllis W. Beck (ret.)
  • Benito Cachinero-Sánchez
  • Lynn Charytan
  • Jeffrey Cooper
  • Tobey Gordon Dichter
  • Donna Gerson
  • Melissa Grimm
  • Janet Haas, M.D.
  • Pekka Hakkarainen
  • Robert C. Heim
  • Michael A. Innocenzo
  • Philip Jaurigue
  • Geoffrey Kent
  • Susan B. Muller
  • Peter D. Nalle
  • Patrick M. Oates, Ph.D.
  • Folasade A. Olanipekun-Lewis
  • William R. Sasso, Esq.
  • Shelley Stewart
  • 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
  • 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
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
Tina M Barber
Director of Individual Giving
Contact: 215-814-3511
Sara S. Moran
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Contact: 215-686-5420
Brittanie Sterner
Program Director, One Book, One Philadelphia
Contact: 215-814-3514