Civic Coalition to Save Lives

December 2022 Issue

Executive Director Named

We wanted to let you know first that Estelle Richman has been named Executive Director of the Civic Coalition to Save Lives (see attached press release, which will be distributed tomorrow). 

  • A nationally known and respected public and social innovator, Richman brings more than four decades of experience transforming government systems through creative and innovative public-private solutions. 
  • She will direct the day-to-day activities of the newly formed Coalition and serve as the key liaison with public sector partners.

Coalition’s Formation Garners Positive Media Coverage

Our communications efforts around the announcement of the formation of the Coalition have intentionally focused on gathering the unified support of community stakeholders.

The reception by news media has been positive, with coverage in The Tribune, the Inquirer, Al Día, WHYY, Billy Penn, and 6ABC’s Inside Story. The Coalition will expand media outreach through ads placed in community news outlets throughout the city in the coming weeks.

The Momentum Continues….

To date, more than 70 business, faith-based, non-profit and other community organizations have been briefed and signed on to the Coalition.

The work will not be easy or quick, but our Coalition is committed to this long-term effort in partnership with the city and the many faith and grassroots organizations who have been invested in violence intervention for decades. We are confident in the leadership of Estelle Richman, encouraged by the response so far and resolute in our goal-driven mission to reduce gun violence. 

Thank you in advance for being available to the Coalition as a resource and partner. 

The Civic Coalition to Save Lives appreciates your continued commitment to this critical cause. There is nothing more important we can do for the city than to address the gun violence crisis.

Pedro A. Ramos
President an CEO
Philadelphia Foundation

Shawn McCaney
Executive Director
The William Penn Foundation