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Felix Torres-Colon is the new executive director of NKCDC

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1. Felix Torres-Colon is replacing Sandy Salzman at NKCDC.

New Kensington Community Development Corporation announced last week that Torres-Colon, described as a “veteran leader in the community development field,” will become its next head. He replaces longtime ED Sandy Salzman, who announced her retirement after 21 years this past fall.

Torres-Colon previously served as executive director to both Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore and New Hampshire’s Manchester Neighborhood Housing Services.

Most recently, he was the director of program development at Camden’s Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society. He is also the current board president of the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey.

The Willingboro, New Jersey resident starts at NKCDC on Thursday.

2. William Penn Foundation promoted Shawn McCaney.

One of Philadelphia’s largest funders announced last month that McCaney, who most recently served as its interim executive director as well as director of its Creative Communities grant program, would be overseeing the organization.

We recently spoke with McCaney about William Penn’s $100 million contribution to the city’s Rebuild efforts, and he described the foundation’s grantmaking not as “social justice,” but as “an investment in equity.”

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McCaney is the foundation’s fifth executive director in five years.

3. Nic Esposito is leading the city’s Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet.


Nic Esposito. (File photo)

Esposito is a whopping five months into his role as director of the city’s zero waste program, which aims to divert the majority of Philly trash from landfills by 2035 and cut our terrible litter problem in the meantime.

Cue prayer hands: ?

The Head & The Hand Press founder, East Kensington Neighbors Association president and former Generocity columnist previously worked for the Parks and Recreation department in various capacities, most recently as its sustainable practices manager.

4. Mo Manklang is now communications director for the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

Manklang left Generocity in December after five years to become the 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. Yup, she still has that job — the chronic doer is now also the head of communications for the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the national member organization for worker co-ops.

Manklang wrote us this about her new gig:

“After several years working on the cooperative movement locally with PACA, this is an opportunity to work on a national level, knitting together grassroots movements across the country. Though it’s proven to be economically successful in Europe and other parts of the world, many people in the U.S. don’t yet realize the power of worker cooperatives and democratic workplaces — the ability to take ownership of the job that you have, and play a direct role in the stability of your community.

“The spirit of cooperative work is anchored in honoring community and culture, which is why I’m continuing work with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well. Right now, there’s so much work to be done to counterbalance the current federal administration; the idea of organizing people into creative action in tandem with promoting cooperative principles is really exciting.”

Check out her recap of last year’s Worker Cooperative National Conference here.

5. Carniesha Kwashie is United Way’s new director of workforce development.

Carniesha Kwashie United Way

Carniesha Kwashie. (Courtesy photo)

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey hired the Temple and Drexel alum to lead its workforce development program, Job Opportunity Investment Network, which it describes as “a partnership among philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers that develops and supports innovative efforts to eliminate the gap between workers’ current skill levels and those needed for high-growth jobs.”

Kwashie is the former grant manager of the city’s Better Bike Share Partnership, which oversees the management of the Indego bike share program.

6. Valerie Johnson is the new director of development for Council for Relationships.

Valley Youth House’s assistant director of development is leaving at the end of the month to head up fundraising efforts at the therapy-focused nonprofit.

P.S. Generocity’s INTER/VIEW jobs and engagement fair is returning on May 23. Look out for more details soon.


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