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Nov. 12, 2018 12:53 pm

Power Moves: Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission announced its new head

Plus, Jennifer Devor is running for city commissioner, John Moore has a new role at Investors' Circle-Social Venture Network, Impact100 picked its new Founders Fellows and six more leadership changes in Philly social impact.

Jeremy Montgomery.

(Courtesy photo)

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


1. Rev. Jeremy Montgomery is replacing Dick McMillen as executive director of Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission.

Montgomery, an ordained minister, previously worked as COO of Habitat for Humanity of Broward in Florida and as president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County in New Jersey.

McMillen announced his retirement in March after leading the 140-year-old homeless shelter and social services nonprofit for 15 years.

“What energizes and motivates me about the ministry of Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission is its legacy of serving, and the chance to transform the organization meeting the evolving physical and spiritual needs of those we serve,” Montgomery said in a statement. “With a heart for those in need and an adventurous spirit, I am excited to serve in Philadelphia.”

2. Jennifer Devor is running for city commissioner in 2019.

Jennifer Devor.

Devor. (Courtesy photo)

Campus Philly’s director of partnerships has been politically active for years, including as an elected committeeperson in her South Philly neighborhood and a regular guest writer on topics such as political activism and the importance of voting.

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So it’s not surprising to us that she’s entered the race for one of three Philadelphia city commissioner spots, which oversee local elections. The next election for this office will happen in 2019.

3. John Moore has been named local network manager of Investors’ Circle-Social Venture Network’s Philly chapter.

The local impact investing cheerleader and former Investors’ Circle Philadelphia president became the national hybrid impact investing group’s chapter manager in October.

Per a press release, Moore’s role will “integrate his relationships across the Philadelphia ecosystem to raise awareness, deal flow and social entrepreneur support in the city around impact investing.”

Moore also serves as executive chair of impact investing advocacy organization ImpactPHL and is an active impact investor himself.

4. Sustainable Business Network’s new government relations manager is Eliza Kelsten Alford.

Kelsten Alford. (Courtesy photo)

The policy pro joined the local biz advocacy nonprofit in October.

She worked previously as policy manager at the D.C.-based American Sustainable Business Council, where she “advocated on behalf of sustainable businesses at the federal and state level on issues ranging from carbon pricing to healthcare reform,” per a press release.

Kelsten Alford also worked as a project manager for a political direct mail firm for two previous election cycles.

5. Impact100 Philadelphia announced its three 2018 Founders Fellows.

Daye. (Courtesy photo)

The local giving circle’s fellowship program allows women ages 25 to 35 get their feet in the philanthropic door via mentorship and a reduced financial barrier to entry.

The new first-year fellows are:

  • Nia Daye — Assistant director of philanthropy at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, Inc.
  • Ameera Sullivan — Head counselor at Strawberry Mansion High School
  • Darlene Hemerka — Equal Justice Works fellow at the Public Interest Law Center

6. Denis Devine is Public Citizens for Children and Youth’s new development director.

The former WHYY journalist joined the youth advocacy nonprofit in September. He succeeds ML Wernecke, who started as Benefits Data Trust’s director of policy and communications the same month.

Devine founded Friends of Adaire, which supports the Fishtown school his children now attend, and led a five-year, $1.2 million grant-funded schoolyard overhaul project at the school.

Devine. (Photo by Jamie Giambrone)

7. Neighborhood Bike Works is saying goodbye to a longtime staffer.

Barron Johnston recently stepped down as ride program manager for the bicycle education nonprofit where he had worked for several years, including via roles such as camp counselor and youth program instructor. He is leaving to work in IT support at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, he wrote in an email newsletter on Nov. 9.

Alex Doty took over as NBW’s interim ED in August after former head Steve Maluk left the organization in June.

8. Mercy Neighborhood Ministries named Terrence Oliver as its director of finance and operations.

Oliver. (Courtesy photo)

The North Philadelphia native and Temple University graduate worked for the previous 14 years as director of finance for the National Constitution Center.

Mercy is a religious social services nonprofit serving those experiencing poverty in Tioga.

9. Two boards just gained members …

  • Bread & Roses Community Fund has three new board members: Yahya Alazrak, Farrah Parkes and Nina Wong.
  • Leadership Philadelphia recently announced several new board members, including Dechert Partner Vernon FrancisFox School of Business and Management Senior Vice Dean Debbie CampbellErnst & Young People Advisory Services ED Susan GunnExude, Inc. President and CEO Marcos LopezAmerican Airlines Regional Director of Government Affairs Sade Olanipekun-LewisPECO Director of Communucations Doug Oliver and Think Company CEO Russ StarkeUnitedHealthcare Chief Growth Officer Sue Schick was also named board chair.

10. … and a whole bunch of impact folks and organizations are receiving awards in the next few weeks.

  • Urban Affairs Coalition is honoring the Lenfest Foundation’s Dr. Keith Leaphart, Temple’s JoAnne Epps, former board member Dr. Marisa Guerin, Widener University’s Uva Coles, Philly 3.0’s Alison Perelman and City Solicitor Marcel Pratt at its anniversary breakfast on Nov. 16.
  • Dr. Carl June, director of translational research at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center, and Sean Parker, founder of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, were honored at the annual Philly Fights Cancer event on Nov. 10.
  • The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s 36th annual Excellence Awards gave Philly Office Retail (Jumpstart Germantown) the ImpactPHL Award and named Students Run Philly Style the Non-Profit Organization of the Year on Nov. 8.
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