Bridge for Runaway Youth has new director

The Bridge for Runaway Youth, an organization that helps teens and families in crisis, has a new executive director.

Tim Reardon, former executive director of the Alliance for Families and Children and adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas and Metropolitan State University, will take the helm of The Bridge.

 “It is an honor for me to join this remarkable organization,” Reardon said in a prepared statement. “The Bridge has a proud tradition of welcoming and respecting youth and families by accepting them for who they are.”

The Bridge, located in the East Isles neighborhood, has provided shelter for runaway youth and counseling for troubled families since 1970. The organization focuses on preventing youth homelessness and renewing common ground between parents and teens.

Reardon succeeds Ed Murphy as the fourth executive director in The Bridge’s 37-year history. Murphy held the position for six years.

With more than 20 years of management experience, Reardon will “hit the ground running,” said Patti O’ Leary, chair of the board of directors for The Bridge.

“[We] are thrilled to have Tim join us,” she said.

Reardon, a licensed social worker, received a master’s in public administration from Harvard University along with a master’s in public affairs from the University of Minnesota. He has also served on the board of directors for several Twin Cities nonprofit organizations.

His first task begins with the grand opening of the new Bridge Center for Youth, which will provide 20 units of transitional housing, medical services, career development and independent skills training, among other things, to troubled children and families.

The new building, expected to open in early 2008, is an expansion and will be located across the street from The Bridge’s location at 2200 Emerson Ave. S.