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Jun. 25, 2017 6:28 pm

Archna Sahay is leaving her job with the city to work with Jeremy Nowak

And a bunch of other Power Moves, including at Baker Industries, Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia Education Fund.

Archna Sahay.

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Power Moves is a semi-regular column chronicling leadership movements within Philly’s social impact community. Send announcements to philly@generocity.org.


1. Archna Sahay is leaving city government.

Philadelphia’s director of entrepreneurial investment is heading to the private sector. Sahay will be working on a consulting project with former Willam Penn Foundation President Jeremy Nowak, who currently leads his own firm, J Nowak Strategy.

Sahay hasn’t announced many details of her new role, but our sister site Technical.ly Philly has a great send off, including some of her greatest hits — like that time she helped get AOL cofounder Steve Case to visit. We remember her most for the time she did a live AMA on Slack about diversity and inclusion.

“I think it is really interesting that you have a person of color and a woman leading the efforts of this extremely influential sector in Philadelphia,” she said at the time of her role in helping to level the playing field for entrepreneurs of color. “That sends a very strong signal. It’s really great that both the Nutter and Kenney administrations [have been able to] see and value that.”

(Also, be sure to check out her call for economic equality in the latest issue of Philadelphia magazine.)

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2. Jeremy Nowak just joined the board of the Science Center.

Speaking of Nowak: The exec was elected to the board of the University City business incubator on June 9 alongside Temple’s VP for research administration, Michele Masucci. Nowak also chairs the board of The Philadelphia Citizen and was previously the founding CEO of the Reinvestment Fund.

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The Science Center offers programming and other services for startups and established businesses in Philadelphia.

3. Baker Industries’ new president is Rich Bevan.

The Malvern-based workforce development nonprofit hired the healthcare exec from Quest Diagnostics, where he’d worked in various leadership positions since 1999. He most recently served as VP of growth and business transformation.

Baker Industries hires adults with “significant barriers to employment,” including those with mental and physical disabilities and returning citizens, to work in fulfillment and production for manufacturing companies. The 37-year-old organization also operates in Kensington.

4. Chester County Fund for Women and Girls has two new staffers.

The community foundation just named two new staffers: Development Director Cynthia Jaros and Communications and Program Associate Maeve Kelly. Jaros previously worked as director of development and marketing at the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance; Kelly previously worked as a marketing communications associate at Ramboll Environ.

This year marks the fund’s 20th anniversary.

5. Philadelphia Orchestra’s CEO is leaving at the end of the year.

Allison Vulgamore, who has been the president and CEO of the music organization for eight years, will not renew her contract, Newsworks reports. The orchestra was the first of its kind to declare bankruptcy when it did so in 2011. Since then, Vulgamore has been credited with increasing its endowment and earned income.

“The Orchestra as an institution is now on significantly more solid footing, both artistically and financially, the next strategic plan has recently obtained Board approval, and strong senior management is firmly in place, as is our beloved Music Director,” the CEO said in a statement on June 20. “I know the Orchestra is well positioned for positive, continuing evolution.”

Sidney R. Hargro.

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6. Sidney Hargro is Philanthropy Network’s new ED.

When we spoke with Hargro recently, he said, “The future of philanthropy is not how we’ve handled philanthropy in the past.” That means he’s envisioning a future of cross-sector partnerships that will lead to public-private investments to solve our city’s biggest problems.

The current Community Foundation of South Jersey ED will take over on July 24 from Director of Communications Amy Seasholtz, who has served as the organization’s interim executive director since last November.

7. Philadelphia Education Fund announced the inaugural class of the McKinney Senior Fellows.

The fund, led by president and CEO Farah Jimenez, recently announced a fellowship for select people who are “advancing the national conversation on STEM education through their academic research and global corporate philanthropic leadership,” according to a press release.

The fellows will advise the McKinney Center on its research, evaluations and public policy work. Members of the inaugural class were introduced during the launch event for the Donald McKinney Center for STEM Education, the fund’s hub for STEM education programming.

The group includes:

  • James Bell, project director and principal investigator, The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education
  • Dr. Frederic Bertley, president and CEO, Center of Science and Industry
  • Barry Freedman, president and CEO, Einstein Healthcare Network
  • Dr. Leslie Goodyear, principal research scientist, Education Development Center
  • Dr. Anita Krishnamurthi, former VP of STEM policy, Afterschool Alliance
  • Diane Melley, VP of global citizenship initiatives, IBM
  • Jan Morrison, president and CEO, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM
  • Elizabeth Murphy, senior VP of regulatory and external affairs, PECO
  • Craig White, president and CEO, Philadelphia Gas Works

8. Kensington Community Food Co-op has an updated board of directors.

The community-funded and run grocery store is set to open sometime this year. In the meantime, it has some new blood: NKCDC’s Kae Anderson will take over from Holly Logan as president, and a few more leaders have signed on, too. Check the full list here. The co-op also hired Mike Richards as its general manager earlier this year.

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