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Power Moves: Stacy Holland is out at Lenfest

Lenfest Foundation executive director Stacy Holland takes the TEDxPhiladelphia stage. July 14, 2017 Category: FeaturedLongPeople

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1. Stacy Holland has left the Lenfest Foundation.

The education advocate has quietly stepped down from her leadership post at the Lenfest Foundation and is currently pursuing her doctorate at Penn.

She joined Lenfest in September 2014 after working as the School District of Philadelphia’s chief of strategic partnerships for a year and a half. She had previously worked as Philadelphia Youth Network’s president and CEO and its chief operations officer for a combined 14 years.

Holland offered the following statement to Generocity:

Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest had a vision to build a portfolio of investments that prepare kids for the workforce of tomorrow. As of today, the Foundation has invested over $36 million dollars in services for over 60,000 youth and young adults in Philadelphia. Literacy programs have been established, more kids are engaged in after school programs and we have helped support an innovative portfolio of career pathway programs. I am proud of the work we were able to accomplish and I am confident that the final results of our investments will exceed our expectations.

As of me, now that the portfolio has been set and will continue to grow over the next two years, this was an ideal time to transition. I have elected to work on my doctorate degree in learning and development at University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. I am grateful to Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest for their personal support and for their unwavering civic pride, passion and leadership that demands adults rise to meet the dreams and abilities of all children and young people in our city. I will begin to look for my next professional role by the end of the year.”

Lenfest board chair (and the founder’s protegé) Dr. Keith Leaphart did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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2. NKCDC has eight new board members.

As New Kensington Community Development Corporation expands its service area north of Lehigh Avenue in the River Wards, especially with the development of the massive Orinoka Civic House, the org’s board has been conscious of including voices of those living north of Lehigh in discussions about the area’s future, said new board President Graham O’Neill.

Accordingly, one new board member and two returning members, including O’Neill, live there; one new member is the principal at Willard Elementary and another is a doctor at Frankford Hospital.

The new members include:

  • Keiko Cramer
  • Eddie Johnson
  • Carlos Masip
  • Kevin Musselman
  • Bill Pace
  • Mike Parsell
  • Ron Reilly
  • Erica Vanstone

There are nine returning members, including O’Neill. In March, the CDC also announced its pick of Felix Torres-Colon to take over from longtime ED Sandy Salzman.

3. Ashley Hahn left PlanPhilly.

Hahn worked for six years at the design, planning and development news site and WHYY affiliate, mostly recently as its managing editor.

PlanPhilly gained 10,000 Small Businesses’ Diana Lu as its community engagement editor in January.

4. This city’s longtime Planning Commission chief is retiring.

Speaking of Philly’s urban planning community: Chief Gary Jastrzab is retiring after 37 years at the institution that oversees the Philadelphia2035 initiative and Citizens Planning Institute.

The agency recently became part of the city’s new Department of Planning and Development.

Nora Alvarez. (Courtesy photo)

5. Chester County Fund for Women and Girls’ board has new board blood.

On the heels of the appointment of two new staffers, the suburban grantmaker just announced three new board members: Horizon Associates LLC Senior Project Manager Nora AlvarezWest Chester University professor Pattie Diggin and DirectWomen Interim Executive Director Lisa Passante.

6. Dr. Sandra Andino is the new ED of Norris Square Neighborhood Project.

The artist and cultural arts education consultant will join the Norris Square nonprofit starting July 31. Current Executive Director Justin Trezza announced he’d be leaving in April and has stayed on the support the transition.

7. Steve Wray moved on to Econsult Solutions.

Wray announced he’d be resigning from his executive director position at the Economy League in December, and we haven’t heard much from him since.

The nonprofit and policy pro announced this week he finally did leave in June to become the new VP and director at economic and policy consulting firm Econsult.

8. Two new Rauschenberg fellows hail from Philly.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation just announced its 2017 Artist as Activist fellows, and two are Philadelphians: Michelle Angela Ortiz, whose work will be featured in Mural Arts’ Monument Lab this fall, and Jesse Krimes, who has worked with Mural Arts’ Guild program. Each will receive $100,000 over the next two years.

Media maker El Sawyer was an Artist as Activist fellow last year. Both the 2016 and 2017 fellowship cohorts features artists working toward racial justice in relation to mass incarceration.

9. Jason Miller is now CEO of Families Forward Philadelphia.

The social worker has left Ready Willing & Able (RWA), the workforce development nonprofit where he worked as executive director for three years. According to his LinkedIn profile, as of this month, he is leading Families Forward Philadelphia, a multi-service homelessness organization. He replaced Diana McWilliams, who left at the beginning of the year to become president and CEO of the Affordable Housing Accreditation Board.

RWA’s Interim ED is Ruth Salters, a career services coordinator at The Doe Fund, which oversees RWA.

<em>Alfredo da le Peña. (Courtesy photo)</em>

Alfredo da le Peña. (Courtesy photo)

10. Mission First Housing Group’s Alfredo de la Peña joined the Cinnaire Lending board.

The affordable housing nonprofit’s CEO is now on the board of Michigan-based CDFI Cinnaire Lending.

“Alfredo’s experience aligns ideally with our mission and as CEO with Mission First, he brings to the board a strong history of local industry expertise and knowledge along with a depth and breadth of real impact in affordable housing communities serving low income populations throughout the MidAtlantic,” said Jim Peffley, Cinnaire’s executive VVP, in a statement.


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