Aug. 21, 2017 11:00 am

8 Power Moves in tech and community development

North 5th Street Revitalization Project has a new head, LEADERSHIP Philadelphia has a new alumni connect and The Hacktory's longtime executive director is stepping down.

Stephanie Michel of North 5th Street Revitalization Project.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to include mention of the new Police Advisory Commission executive director. (8/21, 12 p.m.) Georgia Guthrie started as a volunteer, not a cofounder, of The Hacktory. (8/31, 11:02 a.m.)

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1. Stephanie Michel has taken over at North 5th Street Revitalization Project.

Michel replaces Philip Green as director of the nonprofit that supports the strikingly diverse Olney neighborhood’s commercial district by focusing on beautification, safety and economy development.

Green was director for about four years; Michel had been working as co-director. She joined North 5th Street in 2013 as program manager after serving for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.

Michel is now hiring for a corridor manager to coordinate volunteer activities, manage social media and the like. Check out the job here.

2. Jackie Lewis is LEADERSHIP Philadelphia’s new head of alumni engagement and outreach.

The organization focused on leadership development of the city’s private sector just named Lewis, LEADERSHIP core program class of 2010, as its point person for connecting former program participants with board placement opportunities and keeping alums in touch. The JD and founder of the World Gratitude Map replaces Molly Chrnelich, who is now director of admissions at Ss. Neumann Goretti High School in South Philly.

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3. Jen Dionisio is a new Girl Develop It chapter lead.

The content strategist and educator has been volunteering with GDI since Feb. 2016. The announcement comes on the heels of chapter lead Elise Wei’s departure of Philadelphia for New Zealand.

4. Julie Beamon has been appointed PHLpreK director in the Mayor’s Office of Education.

Beamon previously worked as PHLpreK’s provider engagement coordinator assisting the development and implementation of the city’s program, which helps Philadelphia parents “find pre-K and quality child care programs” for their young children. The program has been a hallmark of Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration and is funded by the city’s controversial beverage tax.

 5. Georgia Guthrie has stepped down as ED of The Hacktory.

The director of eight years and former Connector and Keeper is leaving the makerspace she joined as a volunteer almost 10 years ago.

“It’s time for this kind of change and new energy,” the technologist told Philly. “I didn’t realize when I started as a volunteer at The Hacktory that creating a space for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn about all kinds of technology together was actually pretty radical. Seeing how the organization has grown and how fun and valuable people find our programs has been incredibly gratifying.”

6. Two former Interactive Mechanics fellows landed new tech gigs.

Candace Worthen is joining design firm Message Agency as a support developer, and Ebonie Butler joined design firm YIKES, Inc.’s team as a WordPress developer.

Both technologists recently completed design firm Interactive Mechanics’ fellowship program, which is aimed at those traditionally underrepresented in tech.

7. Jim Cawley is leaving United Way for Temple.

The former lieutenant governor and two-year president and CEO of the local chapter of the national philanthropic organization will become VP of institutional advancement at his alma mater.

United Way board member Mike DiCandilo will serve as interim president and CEO. Cawley’s departure date has not been named and is pending the selection of his replacement following a national search.

8. The Police Advisory Commission has a new executive director.

The commission charged with improving community-police relations announced this morning its new head would be Hans Menos, currently the senior director of New York City-based Safe Horizon Crime Victim Assistance Program.

Menos will replace Interim ED Erica Atwood, who joined the commission in March to aid it in finding a new permanent director and support its further development. Menos starts on Oct. 2.


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