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Aug. 3, 2018 1:50 pm

Power Moves: Cassie Haynes left city government to co-lead Resolve Philadelphia

Plus, Asian Arts Initiative's new ED is Anne Ishii, Michael Days is Philadelphia Media Network's first VP of diversity and inclusion and four more leadership changes in local social impact.

Cassie Haynes.

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Editor's note: Similarly to a February Power Moves published during Generocity's "Women in Leadership" month, this edition is dedicated entirely to people of color who were recently promoted or hired at local social impact organizations.

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


1. Cassie Haynes is now the co-director of Resolve Philadelphia.

Generocity profiled Haynes a short seven months ago soon after she moved back to Philadelphia to become the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity’s new deputy director of innovation, following a stint as ED of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.

On Monday, she’s starting a new gig co-leading the nonprofit that manages the ongoing Broke in Philly newsroom collaborative, focused on poverty solutions reporting, and managed the 2016-2017 Reentry Project, focused on reentry solutions reporting. (Generocity has been a part of both). Her co-executive director is Resolve founder Jean Friedman-Rudovsky.

Local government to local journalism? Why the change? Simply put: faster results.

The job “is a timely opportunity to more swiftly impact the climate for effective programs and policy initiatives around economic insecurity and other complex social issues (many of which are inextricable from economic injustice),” Haynes wrote in an email. “Resolve offers me an opportunity to do this more broadly, and with greater urgency, than City government allows.”

Haynes will be charged with developing both a sustainable business model for the organization as well as a guide for other cities with newsrooms interested in collaborative work. Resolve’s funders include The Lenfest Institute, Knight Foundation and Solutions Journalism Network.

2. The Forum of Executive Women picked its 2018 awardees.

Tavarez (L) and Mustafa. (Courtesy photo)

The professional women’s membership org announced the latest winners of its Forum of Executive Women Award for Emerging Leaders: Tiffany Tavarez and Yasmine Mustafa.

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Tavarez is the Wells Fargo Northeast division’s VP of community relations and senior community relations consultant; Mustafa cofounded ROAR for Good, a social enterprise that produces safety accessories for women. 2017’s winners were Campus Philly’s Jennifer Devor and Comcast’s Kelly Devine.

3. CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia hired a new consulting and community director.

Wilfredo Hernandez started at the nonprofit management commons and coworking space, where he’s in charge of its consulting and affiliate network programs as well as helping its fiscally sponsored members make best use of its administrative support services, in June.

He previously worked as founding program manager for the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Boro-Linc and currently directs the Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s LGBTQ New Americans Oral History Project.

4. The Foundation for Delaware County has two new associate directors.

Mischico Warren. (Courtesy photo)

The Media-based organization formerly known as the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation hired Mischico Warren as its new associate director of grantmaking services and Katy Lichtenstein as its new associate director of development and communications.

Warren is charged with leading the foundation’s external grantmaking program for nonprofits in Delaware County, while Lichtenstein will manage the its communications activity and supporting its development program.

5. Philadelphia Media Network promoted Michael Days to VP of diversity and inclusion.

Days became the first to fill the new role, which will focus on forming the media company’s plan to build a more diverse newsroom and overseeing a new talent acquisition strategy, in early July. PMN owns the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.

He previously worked as VP and editor for reader engagement as well as editor of the Daily News.

“I am thrilled to be taking on this new and important role for the company,” Days told Philly.com. “It’s been clear to me since I first walked into a newsroom decades ago that the composition of a newsroom weighs heavily on how the organization views those for which it writes and how that community views the institution.”

6. Asian Arts Initiative snagged its new executive director from Brooklyn.

Anne Ishii.

Anne Ishii. (Courtesy photo)

The arts and culture nonprofit’s founding ED, Gayle Isa, announced in February that she planned to step down this summer, writing at the time: “After 25 years, now is a good time for me to move on to a new endeavor.”

AAI’s next head has been found in writer and producer Anne Ishii, the cofounder of queer, feminist, Brooklyn-based publishing house MASSIVE GOODS. She began her new job on Aug. 1.

“In all my work and travel through creative capitals, I have never seen a city that so deeply embodies the crucial human element of the artist’s experience as Philadelphia does, and I’m frankly humbled and honored to work in enriching the Asian American arts here with such humanity,” Ishii said in a press release.

In the coming months, AAI will continue to celebrate its 25th anniversary year with the unveiling of MacArthur Fellow Shazia Sikander’s ex(CHANGE) project and the groundbreaking of its headquarters’ capital improvement project.

7. Philly Set Go cofounder Gabriela Guaracao just launched her own clothing brand.

Gabriela Guaracao. (Courtesy photo)

The millennial PAC’s chairwoman left her full-time job as AL DÍA News Media’s director of strategy last year to start Americae, which a press kit describes as “an experience-driven e-commerce womenswear brand rooted in the femininity, boldness and vibrancy of a modern Latin American aesthetic.” It formally launched on June 25.

In Oct. 2016, Guaracao wrote about her immigrant experience and commitment to civic engagement for Generocity:

“The communities and experiences I have been part of have shaped who I am and why I believe deeply in civic and political engagement. My family immigrated to the U.S. from Colombia when I was a child. My Colombian family referred to me as an American and my American friends considered me a Colombian, while I have always felt I lived and embodied a cultural duality — compromising neither culture and creating an amalgamated identity of my own.”

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