Full Name
Linda Richardson
Speaker Bio
Ms. Richardson, who earned a Master’s in Science from New Hampshire University, has been working on community development projects for most of her professional career, having developed annual programs and capital campaigns for small, mid-size and large non-profit organizations. She has written proposals that resulted in multi-million dollar grants, developed individual donor drives resulting in the first federated fund in Pennsylvania dedicated to African American donors and donees where she managed a sales force and employee base of 60 people, developed a personnel handbook, and provided compliance in state, federal and local agencies for personnel management. As Executive Director for the African American United Fund, Ms. Richardson managed a $2 million construction project resulting in the first Avenue of the Arts North completed project, and developed a fundraising federation resulting in $300,000.00 in annual income. Ms. Richardson currently serves as the President of the Uptown Entertainment & Development Corporation (UEDC, Inc.), owners of the historic Uptown Theater in North Philadelphia. There she launched a Capital Campaign for $8 million, and provided oversight to the construction project, including supervising the construction project manager. In 2006, she produced a documentary on the Uptown Theater that was aired on PBS. Ms. Richardson has been instrumental in the current revitalization not only of the formerly dilapidated Uptown Theater but of North Philadelphia proper. She is a great resource in Philadelphia and a steadfast advocate of community-based development. She has provided research, objectives and implementation of youth, housing and economic development programs. Her role in revitalizing the Uptown is critical in keeping Philadelphia a Mecca for arts and culture.