Monday, June 8, 2009

Welcome Address by The Mayor’s Office of Community Service/ Fatherhood Initiative

Wadell Ridley, Jr.
Executive Director
Mayor’s Office of Community Services

As Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Community Services, Wadell Ridley, Jr. is responsible for providing management, leadership, and supervision the City's premiere anti-poverty agency with more than 100 employees and an annual budget of $12 million dollars.
Annually, the Mayor's Office of Community Services provides social services, programs, and resources to thousands of low-income Philadelphia residents. Its goal is to help individuals, families, and neighborhoods reach self-sufficiency.

Prior to being appointed Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Community Services, Ridley most recently served as the Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations at Saint Joseph's University. At Saint Joseph's University, Ridley was chief liaison between the University and elected officials, communities and civic organizations.

For almost 14 years, Ridley served as Director of Constituent Services for former Councilman Michael A. Nutter. During that time, Ridley represented the Councilman at various community meetings, zoning hearings and served as a liaison for governmental agencies and community-based organizations.

Ridley is an alumnus of Saint Joseph's Preparatory School, where he co-founded the Prep's African American Alumni Association. He earned his Bachelors degree from Lincoln University. Ridley had been a dedicated mentor and tutor for high school students in the Upward Bound Program.

Ridley attends St. Barbara's Church where he is a charter member of the Knights of Peter Claver, District Council 326, serving in the capacity of Junior Knight Commander. He is also a member of the Men of Malvern.

Ridley serves as a board member of the West Philadelphia Child Care Network. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity Inc., Nu Sigma Chapter, Board of Trustees for Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School, and is a long time member of the Wynnefield Residents Association.

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