Introducing Shira Ledman

Shira Ledman, Executive Director, Seedling FoundationA new chapter begins for Seedling Foundation and the Seedling’s Mentoring Program and we welcome Mrs. Shira Ledman as our new Executive Director.

Mrs. Ledman joined the Seedling Foundation in July 2014 after moving to Austin from Tucson, Arizona.  She brings with her over 20 years of management experience, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer for Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS).  In that capacity, she served as the chief professional officer for a $2.8M multi-service behavioral health/social service agency that served 7,000 Tucsonans annually.  During her tenure at JFCS, Mrs. Ledman led the growth of the agency’s services by developing extensive partnerships that included school-based, integrated health care and domestic violence shelter settings.

Mrs. Ledman’s previous Executive Director experience at the Spina Bifida Association of Georgia (SBAG) expressed her commitment to children and adults with developmental disabilities.  While at SBAG she expanded programs which supported both the people with Spina Bifida and their families.  At the same time, Mrs. Ledman led a coalition of non-profit and government agencies dedicated to raising public awareness of how to prevent this birth defect.

Mrs. Ledman’s management experience spans the community planning arena as well.  As Chief Planning Officer for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, she oversaw Federation’s community planning endeavors, government relations activities and Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities initiative.  She served as a consultant to the Federation’s affiliate agencies and schools with assistance in areas such as strategic planning and board development.

Mrs. Ledman’s years in direct service focused primarily on children experiencing a variety of challenges from developmental disabilities to abuse/neglect to truancy.  She has worked with and within settings ranging from schools to juvenile court to health care.  Her volunteerism has centered on hunger relief and breast cancer awareness in communities in which she has lived.

Mrs. Ledman received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and her Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Maryland.  She is married to Bob Ledman, a college professor and administrator.  They live in the Northwest area with their rescued toy poodle, Boomer.

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