Mimi Halper Silbert
The dynamic force behind Delancey Street is its President & CEO, Dr. Mimi Halper Silbert. Although she does not share the same background as her fellow residents, she lives at Delancey Street, abides by its rules, and takes no salary. Her tenacious spirit and unlimited energy have built an organization unique in its entrepreneurial and self-governing structure. Her dedication in enacting her vision of an educational community of change has inspired residents to break their destructive cycles and take responsibility for themselves and others. Dr. Silbert has garnered national and international attention for her achievement at Delancey Street, demonstrating her belief that the people who are the problem can, themselves, become the solution. As a result of her pioneering work, Silbert and Delancey have received numerous awards. From the academic world she has been awarded ten (10) Honorary Doctorate Degrees including Brandeis, UMass, Golden Gate University, San Francisco State University, and will be receiving an 11th degree from Ben Gurion University in Israel. She was awarded UC Berkeley's prestigious Alumni of the Year (1991) along with being named one of 100 Berkeley Fellows, an Honorific Society. She has also received the President's Medallions from both University of San Francisco (1995) and UC San Francisco (2001).