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Feb. 27, 2017 9:10 am

Women’s Way and YouthBuild Philly have new leadership

And the city just hired two new directors, in this edition of Power Moves.

Diane Cornman-Levy presents a big ol' check to HIAS Pennsylvania.

(Courtesy photo)

1. Diane Cornman-Levy is the new executive director of Women’s Way.

Cornman-Levy most recently served as executive director at the Federation of Neighborhood Centers and in 2016 ran as a Democratic candidate for state representative in Delaware County.

Women’s Way, the grantmaking organization that funds the advancement of women, girls and gender equality, recently made two $20,000 grants: one to HIAS Pennsylvania, which provides services to immigrants and refugees, and one to Women’s Medical Fund, which provides emergency financial support to women undergoing abortions.

2. Angelina Ruffin is the city’s new director of performance management.

Ruffin previously served as the Department of Public Health’s director of performance management and, according to the Philadelphia Tribune, was once named one of NAACP’s “100 Most Influential Black Women in Philadelphia.” In this new role, she’ll be charged with improving city departments’ performance management strategies.

In a statement, Ruffin said she intends to “create a culture of quality and data driven policy” within city government.

Ruffin is also on track to earn her Ph.D in social welfare this spring from Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice, where her research focuses on “culturally relevant strategies that address violence against women in minority and marginalized communities.”

3. Dave Gloss and Marcia Gelbart will lead the Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council (GPCVC) as co-chairs.

Gloss and Gelbart have been tapped to lead GPCVC, a program of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey that aims to increase corporate volunteerism in the Philly area.

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Gloss is about five months into a job as director of strategic partnerships at hiring company Phenom People following the demise of Here’s My Chance, the creative agency he cofounded. He was previously GPCVC’s communications chair.

Gelbart is Comcast’s senior director of communications for community investment and was previously a journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

4. Scott Emerick is the new executive director of YouthBuild.

Emerick replaces longtime executive director Simran Sidhu, who had been with the charter school for 21 years before leaving last October to start a new, as-yet-unnamed youth-focused venture.

Emerick previously worked at YouthBuild’s national offices in Massachusetts as the organization’s senior VP of education and career pathways.

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Scott Emerick, YouthBuild Philadelphia’s new executive director. (Courtesy photo)

5. Amber Hikes is taking over the Office of LGBTQ Affairs.

A social worker, Hikes was previously the director of Penn’s Upward Bound program working with low-income, first-generation-to-college students and most recently served as director of the same program at California State University – Long Beach.

As she told us last week, she’s committed to creating a more transparent and accessible office: “I think listening to our community and actually hearing from their mouths what they say the issues are is a really important part of serving them.”

Hikes begins her directorship on March 6 and replaces lawyer Nellie Fitzpatrick, who has already vacated the position.

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