Leading the way
Local YWCA names former police Lt. Riddle as interim director
By André Coleman 09/26/2013
Retired Pasadena Police Lt. Phlunte Riddle has been named as the interim Executive Director of the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley branch.
Riddle, who runs her own business and government consulting firm Effective Consultants, replaces Tamika Farr who left the YWCA after five years in August to take a position with a non-profit in the San Fernando Valley. Farr serves on several local organizations, including the Commission on the Status of Women, the Women for Racial Justice Breakfast Committee and Leadership Pasadena.
Riddle retired from the Pasadena Police Department in December after 28 years. Riddle broke gender and racial barriers in the department, becoming the first African-American female sergeant and the first female lieutenant in the motor pool. She was also the first female helicopter observer at major Rose Bowl events.
Under the direction of former Chief Bernard Melekian and Cmdr. Rick Law, Riddle started the city’s police athletic league.
Her father-in-law, Ralph Riddle, became the first black police officer in Pasadena in 1946. He retired in 1974 also after 28 years with the force.
“I am honored to lead the YWCA on an interim basis,” Riddle told the Weekly. “Tamika Farr did an amazing job. The YWCA has provided girls’ programs and mentorship to better the lives of young women in our community and it is my pleasure to be a part of this wonderful tradition.”
The YWCA is currently searching for a permanent executive director.
The YWCA was formed in New York City in 1858. Today, there are more than 1,300 sites across the country which serves 2 million women and girls. Globally, the YWCA reaches 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.
On October 21, the YWCA will host its 11th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 21 at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel. More than 500 community leaders and advocates are expected to attend the event. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) will serve as the honorary chair of this year’s event.
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