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Power Moves: Philly’s new DA and Science Center’s exiting CEO

Rebecca Rhynhart being sworn into office on Jan. 2. January 5, 2018 Category: ColumnFeaturedLongPeople

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


1. Philly has a new DA and controller.

These were the big winners of November’s local election: Larry Krasner is the uber-progressive new district attorney promising no more death penalty, and Rebecca Rhynhart is the city’s first women controller who ran on a platform of bringing more financial transparency to local government. Both were inaugurated at the Kimmel Center this Tuesday morning and spoke of reform during the ceremony.

Rhynhart also recently announced her executive leadership team, including Kellan White (her former campaign manager who also led her transition team) as first deputy controller and Nicole McCormac as chief of staff. Krasner has not yet announced his leadership team.

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2. Stephen Tang is leaving the Science Center.

The University City institution’s president and CEO of 10 years will step down in February to head up OraSure Technologies, a Bethlehem-based medical device company.

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Curtis Hess, SVP for real estate operations, has been named interim president and CEO by the Science Center board. He will take over in February while the organization conducts a search for Tang’s permanent successor.

3. Ten women and trans artists are 2017 Leeway Transformation Award winners.

Leeway Foundation recently announced the winners of its annual $15,000 prize for social justice-focused artists:

4. PCCY has a stacked new advisory board.

Sharmain Matlock-Turner. (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia City Council)

Two former governors, major philanthropists and the executive VP of Philly’s largest corporation are just a few the players on advocacy nonprofit Public Citizens for Children and Youth’s first-ever advisory board.

Per Executive Director Donna Cooper in a statement, “This newly formed Advisory Council will increase the impact of PCCY by adding to our tool kit the experiences and networks of some of the most influential leaders in the region.”

Indeed: The 25 members span sectors, but most will be recognizable to the average Generocity reader. Names include David Cohen (Comcast), Feather Houston (Wyncote Foundation), Sharmain Matlock-Turner (Urban Affairs Coalition), Pedro Ramos (The Philadelphia Foundation) and Ed RendellSee the full list here.

5. Tribe 12 picked its 2018 fellowship cohort.

The Jewish life nonprofit picked 13 young professionals for its latest fellowship cohortJess Bird, Katie Gould, Koty Marine, Jake Markovitz, Dave Martell, Davinica Nemtzow, Alanna Raffel, Serena Shapero, Josh Silverbauer, Michelle Sloan, Rory Michelle Sullivan, Lindsay Tabas and Taryn Wyron.

The Tribe 12 Fellowship teaches entrepreneurial skills such as public speaking, financial planning and human-centered design for those looking to complete some personal or professional project.

Cassie Haynes.

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6. Cassie Haynes is the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity’s new deputy ED of innovation.

The Michigan native and recent California transplant does have some Philly roots: She worked as a as a program coordinator and health educator in the city’s Department of Public Health in 2012.

Oh, and her most recent gig was leading the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Read more about Haynes here.

7. Emerge Pennsylvania announced its 2018 cohort.

On the heels of a wholly successful election cycle, the political accelerator for Democratic women has announced its 2018 cohort, and of 27 new members, four hail from Philadelphia: Ethelind Baylor, Felicia Parker-Cox, Nicola Serianni and Rurali Shah.

Other local members include Sara Campbell-Szymanski of Audubon, Maria Collett of Ambler, Bonny Hodges of Springfield, Jennifer O’Mara of Morton, Anna Payne of Langhorne, Tara Pellegrino of Warminster and Melissa Shusterman of Phoenixville.

Yasmine Mustafa and Anthony Gold. (Courtesy photo)

8. Women Organized Against Rape will honor ROAR for Good’s founders this spring.

WOAR’s Bridge of Courage reception and silent auction is slated for April 10, when the advocacy nonprofit will bestow three awards: its Carole Johnson Humanitarian Award, to Dr. Edna Foa of Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, and its Bridge of Courage Award, to Yasmine Mustafa and Anthony Gold of ROAR for Good and attorney Shea Rhodes of the Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation.

ROAR for Good’s flagship product, Athena, is a wearable safety device that allows users to alert loved ones if they are being attacked. Mustafa and Gold have committed to contributing both proceeds and devices to likeminded organizations.

9. National Liberty Museum’s board gained three members and a new president.

Brian Effron. (Courtesy photo)

The Old City museum’s board has some new leadership. Healthcare Administrative Partners CEO Brian Effron is now its president after serving as a board member for 10 years, while it’s also joined by three new members:

  • American Theater Arts for Youth and American Family Theater founder and President Laurie Wagman (whose husband, Irvin J. Borowsky, founded the museum)
  • Artist Etta Winigrad
  • Princeton Healthcare Advisory CEO Dr. Nigel Brown

10. Kenney comms head Lauren Hitt is allegedly leaving for a Wisconsin Congressional race.

According to City & State PA, the mayor’s spokesperson and aide is leaving City Hall this month to join the campaign of Democrat Randy Bryce, who is running against U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.

Hitt has not confirmed her alleged departure plans. The University of Pennsylvania grad has also worked on political campaigns for New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio and former Ohio gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald.

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