Philly VIP has a new ED + 6 more leadership shakeups - Generocity Philly


Jun. 12, 2017 4:51 pm

Philly VIP has a new ED + 6 more leadership shakeups

Power Moves at Brandywine Health Foundation, Public Interest Law Center, Women's Medical Fund, Tiny Dynamite, Resources for Human Development and Compass.

Philly VIP's Sophie Bryan.

(Courtesy photo)

Editor's note: This piece has been updated to include Vanessa Briggs. (6/13, 2:25 p.m.)

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1. Sophie Bryan is the new executive director of Philadelphia VIP.

Following the departure of Sara Woods for Philadelphia Futures, Bryan took over at the legal services nonprofit on June 1. Bryan was most recently the program director for Reinvestment Fund and previously served as chief external relations officer for the School District of Philadelphia.

2. Women’s Medical Fund’s longtime ED stepped down.

Women’s Medical Fund ED Susan Schewel left the abortion access nonprofit at the end of May after serving as its head since 2003. No word yet if the org, which provides counseling and emergency financial assistance to women seeking abortions, has found a replacement, so find the job description is here.

3. Marco Giordano is replacing Dyann Roth at RHD.

As we reported last week, Dyann Roth is leaving behemoth Resources for Human Development to head Inglis, another human services nonprofit a fifth the size. She has been with the nonprofit for most of her professional career and led it since 2013. Read about her reasoning for moving on here.

Roth is leaving at the end of July, after which RHD Chief Financial Office Marco Giordano is taking over as interim executive director. His position is technically temporary, though RHD spokesman Kevin Roberts said Giordano will have the role for at least the next year, and “the hope and expectation is that Marco will be the CEO.”

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Marco Giordano.

Marco Giordano. (Courtesy photo)

4. Public Interest Law Center lost environmental justice attorney Amy Laura Cahn.

Cahn had been with the legal services nonprofit, which works in the areas of employment, healthcare, housing, public education and voting in addition to environmental justice, for five years before she left this month. In May, she received a citation from Councilperson Maria Quiñones-Sánchez honoring Cahn’s work “bringing urban agriculture and environmental justice issues to the forefront of city policy.”

Taking over the environmental justice attorney role at PILC is Ebony Griffin, who previously worked as an environment, health and safety (EHS) regulatory consultant at EHS compliance agency Enhesa, Inc., and as a law clerk at both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

5. Compass has three new board members.

The local chapter of the national organization that connected nonprofits with pro bono strategic consulting professionals recently announced three new board members: Ian Waxman, principal at management consulting firm Navigate; Stephen Zipf, cofounder and CEO of specialty gift distributor Hampton-Haddon; and Mathew Rotenberg, partner at law firm Blank Rome.

Check out our “Around the Corner” interview with Compass Philly ED Beth Dahle here.

6. Tiny Dynamite has a new producing artistic director.

Philly theatre director Kathryn MacMillan will take over following the July departure of the company’s current producing artistic director, Emma Gibson, who has held the position for the past six years.

Tiny Dynamite took home $20,000 to support the transmedia production of “Perfect Blue” at Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s TechniCulture event during 2016’s Philly Tech Week.

Learn more about “Perfect Blue” (previously titled “The Lamellar Project”), running from July 14 to 23 at Christ Church Neighborhood House, below.

7. Vanessa Briggs is the new president and CEO of Brandywine Health Foundation.

The Coatesville-based community health foundation just announced that Briggs, the former vice president of community health at Holy Cross Health in Maryland, will take over on July 17.

Briggs has previously worked as executive director of Philly’s Health Promotion Council, an affiliate of Public Health Management Corporation, where she worked for 15 years.

Vanessa Briggs. (Courtesy photo)


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