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1. Marianne Fray is Maternity Care Coalition’s new head.
Fray was hired as MCC’s senior VP of external affairs in September soon after longtime Executive Director JoAnne Fischer announced that she’d be stepping down by January of this year; the nonprofit also announced in July it was adopting Bucks County’s Child, Home and Community in a merger.
Following a national executive search, Fray started as CEO on June 11. The North Philly native previously worked as senior director and head of global corporate development at Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.
Her quick ascent in the organization reminds of Jamie Gauthier’s similar move at Fairmount Park Conservancy in 2017: The latter had been hired a few months previous as senior director of public partnerships and took over the top role following the departure of Rick Magder in July.
2. Penn’s Chad Dion Lassiter is now ED of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
The cofounder of Black Men at Penn, which encourages Black men to become social workers via the University of Pennsylvania, and adjunct professor took on the new leadership role on May 24; PHRC “enforces state laws that prohibit discrimination.”
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For the previous seven years, Lassiter worked as executive director of the Red Cross House with the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania. He was also a finalist for the newly formed Philadelphia Board of Education earlier this year.
3. Bill Rhoads has been named senior VP for the Esperanza Performing Arts Center.
Rhoads worked for the past two years as ED of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. He joins Esperanza on July 30.
Per a press release, the performing arts center, set to open in October, “will be a 5,750-square foot teaching theater that will serve as both an educational facility and venue for high-quality productions”; the space will “facilitate the creation and presentation of Latino-focused performing and visual arts productions.”
4. Andrea Anastasi is Sustainable Business Network’s new government relations manager.
The attorney and avowed Harry Potter fan previously worked in various roles at local and national public interest law orgs, including Human Rights Campaign and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders.
She wrote in a welcome letter to SBN members:
“The main focus throughout my career has been supporting people and communities through an integrated approach involving advocacy, education, outreach, mobilization efforts, and the cultivation of healthy relationships. I eagerly look forward to continuing this work by advocating with and on behalf of SBN members, like you, to promote a just, green, and thriving economy in the Greater Philadelphia region, especially because local businesses are the foundation of our community.”
Her new role sounds similar to Saleem Chapman’s old one — policy and advocacy manager — which he left in December.
5. United By Blue’s Jen Singley stepped down to work in real estate full-time.
Singley started as an intern at the sustainability-minded social enterprise in 2012 and over the next six years worked as its retail and social media manager, director of retail and finally head of operations. She became a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty, Inc. in February and left UBB this month.
“I know that my shift from an environmentally focused apparel company to real estate feels like [an] unconventional move, but I am looking to keep my sustainable focus and help home buyers, builders, and more do business in a way that betters the environment and the community around them,” she wrote in an email.
6. Zoe Rayn left Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture to focus on her own magazine.
Rayn launched Caldera Magazine in February and finished her year as marketing associate at the Arab arts and culture nonprofit on June 1 to pursue it more fully.
“I started Caldera as a print and online publication that focuses solely on the voices of artists and creatives in the POC and/or LGBTQIA communities,” she wrote in an email. “In an effort to make a usually ‘inaccessible’ (or what’s thought to be inaccessible) industry more open, we host free events and workshops to create a safe space to learn and enjoy the arts!”
7. The longtime leader of the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley chapter is retiring.
Wendy Campbell worked as the local chapter’s president and CEO for 18 years before leaving on June 8, according to Philly.com. She previously worked as a VP at Pennsylvania Hospital for nearly two decades.
Gail Roddie-Hamlin, the president and CEO of the Greater Pennsylvania chapter, will serve as interim head of the Delaware Valley chapter until a successor is hired.
8. Philadelphia Photo Arts Center announced its 2018 artists in residence.
The arts and education center that in 2016 collected over a thousand old family photos from its South Kensington neighbors for a massive installation just picked its latest round of artists in residence.
The four photographers will continue ongoing projects or start new ones for one month while receiving a $3,000 honorarium, free access to supplies and other perks. In exchange, the artists will work with PPAC “to design two public events with the goal of engaging the audiences in the arts.”
This year’s artists are:
- Saleem Ahmed (Philadelphia)
- John Edmonds (Brooklyn)
- Jibade-Khalil Huffman (New York)
- Amiko Li (New York)
9. Neighborhood Bike Works’ ED, Steve Maluk, will step down July 31.
In a note to newsletter subscribers on Wednesday morning, Board President Blake Rubin didn’t provide details about the reason for the change, but said a succession planning committee had been formed by members of the board, and that two staffers and two Youth Council reps would be added to it later.
Maluk moved to Philly from Seattle to lead NBW two years ago following the departure of Erin DeCou. He previously worked as director of shop and operations at a Seattle-based org called Bike Works.-30-
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