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Power Moves: The Food Trust’s executive team is getting a leadership bump

The Food Trust staff, with ED Yael Lehmann at center. October 3, 2017 Category: ColumnFeaturedLongPeople

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1.  The Food Trust ED Yael Lehmann is a Health Innovators Fellow with The Aspen Institute

The head of the food access nonprofit will participate in a two-year fellowship with health professionals from the likes of Johnson & Johnson, Manhattan Institute and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The fellowship is “designed to strengthen the leadership of innovators across the US health care ecosystem and challenge them to create new approaches to improve the health and well-being of all Americans.”

Lehmann previously worked as The Food Trust’s associate director of programs and deputy director.

2. … and Director of External Affairs Dwayne Wharton is a Culture of Health Leader.

The Philly native has been named to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2017 national leadership development program for 40 nonprofit health professionals.

Per Culture of Health, these health pros come from multiple sectors around the country and will “collaborate to address persistent problems that have eluded those working within a single sector, seeking solutions that can emerge from the wisdom of their own communities.”

Wharton has worked at The Food Trust since 2011 and was previously the national deputy director for youth-focused nonprofit Friends of the Children.

(Courtesy photo)

3. Maternity Care Coalition just hired its first-ever VP of external affairs.

The maternal and child health nonprofit has tapped North Philly native and Bryn Mawr and St. Joe’s grad Marianne South Fray to lead its business and fund development efforts. Fray started her gig on Sept. 11 after leaving a role in global corporate development at Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.

Outgoing ED JoAnne Fischer tipped us off to the creation of the position last month in her own Power Moves announcement. The role and another new one, VP of programs, were previously encapsulated by one deputy director position.

4. City Year Philadelphia’s new board chair is SAP’s Brad Brubaker.

The national education nonprofit that brings young adults to serve in 18 high-need schools in Philadelphia just tapped Brubaker, SVP and general counsel for SAP global field operations, to lead its board.

Haddonfield’s Brubaker has been a member of the City Year board for a decade. City Year Philadelphia is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Brad Brubaker. (Courtesy photo)

5. Maura McInerney is Education Law Center’s new legal director.

The former senior staff attorney has been appointed to lead ELC’s litigation efforts. According to Executive Director Deborah Gordon Klehr, McInerney, who has been with ELC since 2007, is “recognized as a national expert on laws involving the education rights of children who are homeless, in foster care, and students with disabilities. Along with leaders of other organizations, she helped to co-found both the national Legal Center for Foster Care and Education and the national Legal Center for Youth Justice in Education.”

Generocity profiled ELC last week for its upcoming work aimed at making Philly schools safer for LGBTQ students.

Lon Greenberg at right. (Courtesy photo)

6. United Way named its top volunteers and corporate partners of 2017.

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey honored former board chair Lon Greenberg, car rental holding company Enterprise Holdings and retired IBX VP Chris Cashman during a recent regional board of directors meeting:

  • Greenberg received the John C. Haas Regional Champion Medal for his decades of  “time, leadership, and philanthropic generosity to UWGPSNJ.”
  • Enterpise Holdings received the 2016-17 Award of Excellence for its “impressive annual campaign growth and contributions to UWGPSNJ’s Impact Fund” and “year-round commitment to employee volunteerism.”
  • Cashman was named 2017 Volunteer of the Year in Southeastern Pennsylvania for his longtime board service.


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