Commissioner Ann Rappoport has served our community in a multitude of ways during the 41 years she and husband Paul have raised their family and resided in Wyncote. Ann has earned the confidence of Cheltenham voters during her 3-½ years as Township Commissioner from Ward 4 and hopes to continue contributing by being elected to serve a second term.
With her doctorate in political science, Ann has been employed as an educator, consultant and professional freelance writer. She continues to freelance, but has retired from teaching political science, writing and education at Temple University and from directing state and regional educational programs. The civic education program which she directed was recognized as Program of the Year by both the National and Pennsylvania Councils for the Social Studies and her work on behalf of adults and families with special needs earned Ann a Brighter Futures Award from the City of Philadelphia Office of MH/MR.
Known during the decades as a zealous volunteer leader - within the school district, the League of Women Voters, the Cheltenham Township Adult School, etc. – Ann initiated valued programs that become standards. The principles and knowledge that characterized her work representing consumers for a decade on the Health Systems Agency of Southeastern Pennsylvania continue to guide her representation of voters in Cheltenham.
During Ann’s first term as Commissioner, she has made significant positive differences on many fronts. Her emphasis on communication has improved transparency and clarity, brought fresh ideas to governance, and broadened respect for citizen participation. Her vigilance and care have saved taxpayers money, challenged inappropriate procedures and policies, and raised the bar of expectations on behalf of the Township. Ann’s interest in revitalizing the Township’s economic base has helped highlight the Township’s assets, propel improvements to the draft zoning code and mobilize otherwise stagnating economic recruitment efforts. She has championed sustainability, public health and safety, better business climate, and constituent service. Some of her other initiatives – such as Cheltenham x52 and regular dialogue with the real estate community – have yet to be implemented or fully rolled out as the Board and Administration focus on major re-investment in the Township’s infrastructure. You can be assured that the interests of the taxpayers will remain at the forefront of her agenda.
Ann is devoted to family, friends and neighbors. She and Paul have been married for almost 47 years; they’re proud of and enjoy the company of their three adult daughters (and sons-in-law) and their 7 grandchildren.