Dec. 5, 2016 4:02 pm

‘Tis the season for leadership moves

Four impact leaders and a longtime member of Generocity's team have new work digs.

Mo Manklang (second from right) is leaving Generocity.

(Photo by Clever Girl Photography)

Editor's note: Greensgrow is an urban farm and social enterprise, not a community garden as previously reported. Edit 12/7 @ 1:55 p.m. Also, Generocity parent company Technically Media is a member of the Sustainable Business Network. That membership is not related to this story.
It’s been less than two weeks since our last update on the social impact community’s leadership shifts, but dang, has a lot happened.

‘Tis the season, we guess.

Alas, in this roundup, we’re sadly including one of our own. Read on.

1. Ryan Kuck is the new executive director of Greensgrow

Kuck has been named the urban farm slash social enterprise’s new executive director following the sudden death of longtime director Mary Seton Corboy this past August. Kuck has served many roles at Greensgrow: In the past 10 years, he’s been the organization’s lead farmer, sustainability farmer, food access programs manager, director of Greensgrow West and development director, according to a press release.

2. Damali Rhett is the new ED of The Energy Co-op

The former energy and environment strategy and process consultant has been tapped to run The Energy Co-op, the Center City-based nonprofit energy provider, as reported by Rhett also previously worked as the commercial director of clean energy company EnvivaAs of early 2015, The Energy Co-op serviced nearly 30 counties including large cities such as Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Allentown, Lancaster and Wilkes-Barre.

3. Alyssa Thomas is moving within the Department of Commerce

Thomas was first introduced to the local social impact scene in 2014, when she became the City of Philadelphia’s first — and only — staffer dedicated to Kiva Zip, which facilitates loans for local small businesses. (Read more about how it works here.)

Under her watch, the program has directed almost $500,00 in loan capital to over 100 businesses, according to an announcement email from the city. Thomas will join the Department of Commerce’s talent development unit and will be replaced by former Kiva fellow Jossiel Cruseta.

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4. Jamie Gauthier is leaving Sustainable Business Network for Fairmount Park Conservancy

“Though I am departing from our organization, I am not departing from our mission,” wrote Gauthier in a farewell letter to SBN. Gauthier will become the senior director of public partnerships at FPC — which, indeed, sounds like a furthering of her work at SBN, where she led the initiative advocating for expansion of the city’s Sustainable Business Tax Credits program and got City Council to respond to the organization’s Good Economy Challenge.

5. Mo Manklang is leaving Generocity for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture

After five years with Generocity in both its nonprofit capacity and as a part of Technically Media, our much-loved community manager is leaving us to pursue her passion for grassroots social action and cooperatives. Among other projects, Manklang has accepted a position as chief of operations for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a grassroots action network focused on shaping a culture of empathy, equity and belonging.


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