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Nov. 22, 2016 4:16 pm

These 10 social impact leaders are making moves

Professional moves, that is. Maari Porter is back at City Hall, and Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation picked its first leader.

Maari Porter's standing ovation at the Philanthropy Network conference.

(Photo by Jim Harris)

1. Maari Porter, director of policy and strategic initiatives with the City of Philadelphia

Porter announced her career move last week at the annual conference of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, of which she was the executive director for nearly two years. She’s returning to her roots, in a way: The native Kiwi started her career in Philadelphia at City Hall, where she previously served as chief grants officer and as the executive director of the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia.

2. Frances Sheehan, president and CEO of Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation

The brand-new CKCF, which is “dedicated to the health, education and social needs of the people of Delaware County,” has tapped Brandwine Health Foundation’s founding executive director to be its first head.

3. Nathan Kuruna, program coordinator of digital inclusion at People’s Emergency Center

The founder of the Philadelphia Podcast Festival is now leading PEC’s efforts to “bridge the digital divide” in its home of West Philly.

4-7. The whole Rebuild staff

Nicole Westerman, Mary E. Stitt, Kira Strong and David Gould have all taken full-time positions with the city’s newly launched Rebuild initiative, which is tasked with repairing the city’s civic assets (i.e. libraries, rec center). Check out the project’s snazzy new website here.

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According to a press release from the city:

  • Westerman is Rebuild’s executive director.
  • Stitt is deputy director of workforce diversity and inclusion, as well as the assistant director for diversity and inclusion initiatives for the City of Philadelphia.
  • Strong is deputy director of design and construction.
  • Gould is deputy director of community engagement and communications.

Gould was most recently a program officer for the William Penn Foundation, which just this week announced it was contributing $100M to Rebuild (and, we recently noted, has some work to do on the diversity front).

8. Margarita Mirkil, managing director of Fairmount Ventures

The nonprofit consulting firm snagged Mirkil from a leadership role at Kennett Square health center La Comunidad Hispana to be its newest manager.

9. Katy Otto, director of communications for Juvenile Law Center

Otto is the new press go-to for public interest law firm JLC. Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania’s former media and government relations specialist also happens to be the longtime drummer for local punk duo Trophy Wife. [Full disclosure: Generocity’s editor likes this band very much and thinks this is very cool.] 

10. Monica Robinson, news producer of “Voices” at PhillyCAM

The longtime media personality and former NBC10 news producer is now part-time producing PhillyCAM’s “magazine-style news show.” Here’s hoping we’ll see her around the studio.

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