Power Moves is a semi-regular column chronicling leadership movements within Philly’s social impact community. Send announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. Check out 2018’s edition of Super Power Moves, our list of this year’s 10 biggest leadership changes.
1. Kate Houstoun will join the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in a newly created role on Jan. 14.
The philanthropy and nonprofit professional is leaving her six-year role as program officer at the Barra Foundation to become a senior director at the local United Way branch. She previously worked as managing director of the Sustainable Business Network.
In the newly created position, Houstoun will be tasked with “creating an impactful, investable model that will benefit nonprofit leaders, the organizations they lead and the people they serve,” per a press release, while also supporting the creation of a “common impact measurement framework” to evaluate both the programs supported by UWGPSNJ and UWGPSNJ itself.
“There are so many pressures on nonprofit leaders, in particular, finding the time, talent and resources to increase their impact while the need continues to grow. I look forward to hearing from them about their priorities so that we can leverage United Way’s network and resources to help deliver for them,” Houstoun said in a statement. “What’s most exciting about this role to me is its focus not only on the external — on nonprofit organizations — but also on strengthening United Way’s own impact capacity.”
Houston also shared a list of Catalyst Fund grantees from her Barra health and human services portfolios that make her especially proud with Generocity. They include:
- NaturePHL — Aaliyah Green Ross and Elisa Sarantschin
- Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project — Joanna Visser Adjoian and Lauren Fine
- Healthy Rowhouse —Karen Black and Jill Roberts
- FoodConnect — Megha Kulshreshtha
- Prosecutor Impact — Adam Foss
- Jumpstart Germantown — Ken Weinstein
- YVLifeSet at Turning Points for Children — Dawn Holden Woods
- Furniture Bank — Chris Simiriglia
- Rapid Rehousing for Reunification — Nan Feyler
UWGPSNJ gained a new CEO and president in Bill Golderer earlier this year, and as we noted in his recent Super Power Moves profile, he’s tasked with implementing its newly narrowed mission of ending intergenerational poverty. One step in the process: letting go of 37 staffers in order to focus more squarely on that mission via a revamped structure.
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It’ll likely be another few months before the full reorganization plans are publicly revealed, but the change marked the beginning of a new era for the local branch of one of the most widely known names in philanthropy. Alongside Golderer, it looks like Houstoun will be at its forefront.
2. Frances Hoover will lead Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse.
The Philadelphia School’s director of institutional advancement will become executive director of the Fairmount Park-based nonprofit on Jan. 2. She will be charged with leading its strategic planning, fundraising and programmatic vision.
Smith’s previous ED of seven years, Meg Wise, left this summer to lead Philadelphia Outward Bound School.
3. Support Center for Child Advocate’s Tracy Buchholz is heading to Asheville, N.C.
The six-year SCCA communications and branding specialist and Spring 2018 Tech in the Commons speaker is leaving the city in March.
“I’ve been living in Philly since I was 19, born in the burbs (Ambler) and I have witnessed the incredible growth that our city has seen — from arts and culture to the food scene to even the tech scene. It’s been amazing,” she wrote in an email. “I have met some incredibly talented and kind people here. I’m Philly through and through.”
That said, she’s ready for a new challenge — plus, has a partner who’s starting a land consulting biz in the southern city. “The mountains and love are calling,” she quipped.
For the past two years, Buchholz has led SCCA to huge growth in its Giving Tuesday haul, this year bringing in $23,000.
4. Juvenile Law Center has a new staff attorney.
Attorney Andrew Keats joined the nonprofit on Dec. 3. His work will seek to further economic justice and equity in the juvenile justice system.
Keats previously worked as a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles and New York.
JLC also recently announced its newest Zubrow Fellow, Emily Satifka, who will start her fellowship in September 2019. Satifka is a Public Service Scholar at the University of California’s Irvine School of Law.
5. Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians’ Herman Nyamunga is moving on.
The immigrant services nonprofit’s director of entrepreneurship and innovation is leaving at the end of the week to become an independent consultant. He will focus on “entrepreneurial ecosystem building, supply chain solutions and global market access, and development of incubation and acceleration programs to foster innovation,” per a press release.
Nyamunga worked as Welcoming Center’s business technical assistance manager before becoming the head of its Global Enterprise Hub four years ago, where he oversaw workshops, technical trainings and other programs for local immigrant entrepreneurs.
6. A whole bunch of impact folks are receiving awards in the coming months.
- Anti-Defamation League will present FS Investments and its cofounder, chairman and CEO, Michael Forman, with its ADL Americanism Award on Jan. 24.
- Willig, Williams & Davidson attorney Ryan Allen Hancock recently received the Philadelphia Bar Association’s PNC Wealth Management Achievement Award for “his dedication to helping low-income Philadelphians overcome past criminal convictions through pro bono litigation” as well as cofounding Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity.
- JLC announced its 2019 Leadership Prize awardees:
- Elizabeth Calvin, senior advocate, Human Rights Watch’s Children’s Division
- Nicole Pittman, VP and director of the Center on Youth Registration Reform, Impact Justice
- Jennifer Rodriguez, executive director, Youth Law Center
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