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Power Moves: 9 hires, awards and board appointments at Philly nonprofits

Joy Gates Black of the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation. November 8, 2017 Category: ColumnFeaturedLongPeople


Full disclosure: Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians has underwritten a Generocity series on its Immigrant Leadership Institute. That partnership is unrelated to this report.


Editor's note: This piece has been updated to reflect that Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation is not affiliated with the Crozer-Keystone Health System. (11/22, 6:42 p.m.)

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1. DCCC President Dr. Joy Gates Black joined Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation.

Delaware County Community College’s first woman and African American president has been named to the board of directors for the independent, year-old foundation.

Gates Black’s “depth of experience as a strong leader in the field of higher education, her focus on community and her background in organizational leadership and development will be a real asset as our board continues to develop the strategic direction of Delaware County’s newest community foundation,” said CKCF President Frances Sheehan.

Gates Black previously worked as the chief academic and student services officer for Tarrant County College District, a community college in Fort Worth, Texas. She took over the DCCC role in July of this year.

Shirin Karsan of The Philadelphia Foundation's board of managers.

Shirin Karsan. (Courtesy photo)

2. The Philadelphia Foundation named two new board members.

The community foundation tapped bioethicist Shirin Karsan and lawyer Steve Cozen for its board of managers.

Karsan is also a board member of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, the Global Bioethics Initiative and the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board and is a former special projects manager at Drexel University’s School of Biomedical Engineering. She was named a Fulbright Scholar in 2009 for her study of religion and neuroethics.

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<em>Steve Cozen. (Courtesy photo)</em>

Steve Cozen. (Courtesy photo)

Cozen founded the Philly-based, international law firm Cozen O’Connor. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and Litigation Counsel of America, as well as a board member of The National Museum of American Jewish History, the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, Franklin Square Holdings, Haverford Trust Company and ABR Reinsurance Capital Holdings.

3. Rebuild built up a 17-member oversight board.

The city’s $500 million public space improvement initiative will be reviewed by these stakeholders:

  • Michael DiBerardinis, managing director of the City of Philadelphia
  • Councilwoman Cindy Bass, chair of the Commission on Parks and Recreation
  • Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
  • Councilman Bobby Henon
  • Rob Dubow, director of finance for the City of Philadelphia
  • Harold Epps, deputy managing director of commerce for the City of Philadelphia
  • Anne Fadullon, director of planning and development for the City of Philadelphia
  • Ellen Kaplan, chief integrity officer for the City of Philadelphia
  • Kathryn Ott Lovell, commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
  • Siobhan Reardon, president of the Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Greg Allen, chair of Rebuild committee for the Commission on Parks and Recreation
  • Valerie Cofield, president and CEO of the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Janet Haas, board chair of the William Penn Foundation
  • Stacy Holland, educational consultant
  • Floyd Lebron, risk manager for the Dale Corporation
  • Belinda Mayo, former director of neighborhood program coordination for the Office of Housing and Community Development
  • Antonio Valdes, CEO of the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
<em>Kristina Dugan. (Courtesy photo)</em>

Kristina Dugan. (Courtesy photo)

4. Kristina Dugan is WXPN’s new major gifts officer.

Dugan joins Penn’s member-supported public radio service from Arlington, where she worked as leadership giving manager for Doorways for Women & Families, a domestic violence service provider.

She previously worked as director of annual giving and membership for George Mason University’s Hylton Performing Arts Center and as an annual giving officer at Washington National Cathedral.

5. Drexel’s Lindy Institute picked its inaugural Urban Innovation Fellows.

The equity-focused fellowship looked for folks “working on urban challenges at any scale — from the block to the neighborhood to the city” in an open call this fall and found its finalists in Priya Mammen, Michael O’Bryan and Christopher Spahr.

Mammen, director of public health programs and clinical associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College, will focus her work on urban emergency departments’ community engagement related to the opioid crisis and health disparities.

O’Bryan, director of youth and young adult programs at The Village of Arts and Humanities, will develop new workforce development tools with the help of the young people they would serve.

Spahr, executive director of the Centennial Parkside CDC, will continue to develop an “energy investment district” in East Parkside to generate solar energy for local major institutions such as the Please Touch Museum and the Philadelphia Zoo.

Archna Sahay.

Archna Sahay. (Courtesy photo)

6. Welcoming Center just added six new board members.

The immigrant services nonprofit’s board of directors is being joined by these heavyweights:

  • Archna Sahay, the city’s former director of entrepreneurial investment who’s now doing consulting work with Jeremy Nowak
  • Bob Aglira, a clinical faculty member with Fox Management Consulting at the Fox School of Business
  • Daniel P. Bauder, campaign manager for labor union hub Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO
  • Patricia Boshuizen, global audit quality partner at accounting firm KPMG
  • Hao-Li Loh, cofounder of Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School
  • Priscilla Rosenwald, founder and principal of executive search firm Leadership Recruiters

“‘Home’ takes on a different notion when you are an immigrant,” Sahay said in a statement. “Place and people become equally important in feeling that you belong, that you are home. Philadelphia is the first place of all the places I have lived in the U.S. since emigrating from India that feels like home to me. Philadelphia is a welcoming, supportive and connected community due in large part to the efforts of Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.”

7. Penn’s Kleinman Center just gained three energy and environment experts.

The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at Penn’s School of Design, centered on energy policy innovation, has added three members to its advisory board:

  • John Quigley, former secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and former Kleinman Center senior fellow
  • Lynn Scarlett, co-chief external affairs officer of The Nature Conservancy and former acting secretary, deputy secretary and COO of the U.S. Department of the Interior 
  • Emily Duncan, director of federal relations at Northeastern utility company National Grid and former director of government affairs and counsel at the Solar Energy Industries Association

The center’s goal is to “help the world pivot from a fossil-fueled energy system with uncompensated external costs to one that optimizes energy productivity through smart demand, internalized impacts, and sustainable supply.”

<em>Susan Teegan. (Photo via</em>

Susan Teegan. (Photo via

8. ArtWell founder Susan Teegan just received the 2017 Crawford Prize.

The longtime executive director was honored by the National Recreation Foundation (NRF) in a Nov. 4 ceremony in Baltimore.

Teegan founded ArtWell, a youth-focused arts education nonprofit, in 2000. The Crawford Prize “recognizes a living person who has dedicated him or herself to enhancing recreation opportunities for youth, making it possible for more young Americans to live healthy, participatory lives,” according to a release, and includes a $50,000 prize for the winner’s organization.

9. Longtime ED Ina Lipman is leaving Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia.

Lipman announced two weeks ago she’d be moving on from the nonprofit she’s led for 16 years in search of a new challenge in the education sector. Under her watch, the $10.2 million organization has given financial scholarships to help an estimated 22,500 elementary and middle schoolers attend private and parochial schools in Philadelphia.

“I had gotten the organization to the place that I more than envisioned, and we’re at the point where we know what our next steps are going to be and not just remaining at scale,” she told us.


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