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There’s new blood at these six Philly impact orgs

Code for Philly, including ED Dawn McDougall (front-right). February 9, 2017 Category: ColumnFeaturedMediumPeople


Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that Dawn McDougall is staying in her position at Code for Philly (2/9, 1:11 p.m.), and to include PACA's announcement (2/9 1:23 p.m.).

1. Dawn McDougall is now PromptWorks’ operations manager.

The civic hacking cheerleader has taken a step back from her role as executive director of Code for Philly to take a position with local software development company PromptWorks.

“Hiring Dawn will improve PromptWorks’ operational efficiency, marketing reach, and connection to the community,” PromptWorks COO Jason Garber told us in an email.

So, why the change?

“PromptWorks has established an impressive track record in just a few years, and the new Operations Manager role is an opportunity to make an impact in a growing company with a talented team and thoughtful leadership,” McDougall wrote. “Both the culture and the philosophy of software development at PromptWorks are a special combination that I’m excited to be part of.”

She’ll still be working with Code for Philly, though — “just leaning on our new leadership team to help with the day-to-day more,” she said.

2. Bret Perkins is the new board chair of Committee of Seventy.

Bret Perkins.

Bret Perkins at the 2016 Philly Geek Awards. (Photo by Clever Girl Photography)

Comcast’s VP of external and government affairs is now leading the better government nonprofit’s board. Perkins is a longtime connector between the telecommunications giant and a wide range of Philadelphia communities, from his role in promoting digital literacy to speaking at tech and impact events  — recently presenting at the 2016 Philly Geek Awards, for example.

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“As someone who lives, works, and votes in Philadelphia, I see the need for the work of Seventy every day,” Perkins wrote in a statement. “In order for our City to be strong, we need informed and engaged citizens and an efficient and transparent government.”

3. Mike Richards is Kensington Community Food Co-op’s new general manager.

The long-awaited cooperative is one step closer to opening with this hire. Richards joins KCFC from Elkins Park’s Creekside Food Co-op and previously participated in Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance’s Cooperative Leadership Institute.

4. DBHIDS Commissioner Arthur C. Evans will become CEO of the American Psychological Association.

Evans is leaving Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Service, where he’s served for 12 years, and taking over at the D.C.-based APA on March 20. The Ph.D will lead the 117,500-member professional organization into its 125th year.

According to a statement from the city, DBHIDS Deputy Commissioner David T. Jones will serve as acting commissioner during the search process for Evans’ replacement. 

5. Sara Woods is replacing Joan Mazzotti at Philadelphia Futures.

Longtime ED Mazzotti announced her retirement last fall, and following a nationwide search, the college access and success nonprofit plucked Woods from legal services agency Philadelphia VIP, where she served for nine years.

Woods joins Philadelphia Futures on March 6. Look out for a “Moving On” interview with her soon.

6. Mimi McKenzie is the new legal director at Public Interest Law Center.

The law center’s first legal director was previously an independent consultant and a professor at University of Pennsylvania Law School.

7. Mayor Kenney just hired and promoted a bunch of people.

City Hall’s communications team has been busy. Here are a handful of the appointments made by Kenney in the past month:

  • Temple professor Dr. Christopher McGinley replaced Sylvia Simms on the School Reform Commission
  • Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ former special advisor on employment and training programs, H. Patrick Clancy, is the new president and CEO of workforce development agency Philadelphia Works
  • Kevin Covington, a support coach with Community College of Philadelphia’s Center for Male Engagement, will serve as chair of the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males
  • Former First Deputy Christine Derenick-Lopez is the city’s new permanent chief administrative officer
  • Christopher Puchalsky is leaving his position as division director for transportation planning at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to become the director of policy and strategic initiatives for the city’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems

Here’s some more co-op news:

8. Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance has a new ED.

PACA announced today that board member Jamila Medley will replace Peter Frank as executive director.

Previously, Medley served as membership and marketing manager and organizational development coordinator for West Philly’s Mariposa Food Co-op. Frank, who was the organization’s first-ever ED, will continue to work with PACA in a development role, according to a press release.


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