Jun. 24, 2019 7:20 am

Power Moves: Rachel Miller becomes director of Criminal Records Expungement Project

Plus, power moves at the City of Philadelphia and Resolve Philly; board appointments at the Mann Center, Friends Service Committee, Girl Scouts, PA Horticultural Society, and more.

Rachel Miller.

(Photo from PLSE website)

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1. Rachel Miller becomes director of Criminal Records Expungement Project.

Rachel L. Miller has been named director of the Criminal Records Expungement Project at Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. Before joining the organization in 2018, Miller served as a trial attorney and mitigation specialist at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

“Rachel Miller is almost uniquely qualified to lead our Expungement Project,” said Tobey Oxholm, PLSE’s interim executive director, when announcing the appointment. “For her entire legal career, she has helped low-income Philadelphians who are involved in the criminal justice system, gaining invaluable experience and developing relationships with people who have spent decades in Pennsylvania state prisons.”

In addition, PLSE has hired Robin Wynne as the organization’s first staff paralegal. Wynne received her Paralegal Studies degree from the Community College of Philadelphia and is a recipient of its Paralegal Studies Award.

The appointments come at a time of rapid expansion for the organization, according to the PLSE announcement. It reports that in just two years, the organization has “more than doubled in size and taken on a leadership role statewide in reforming the pardon process […] PLSE is creating its first two ‘Pardon Hubs’ in Philadelphia by which community non-profits can help residents apply for pardons.”

According to the announcement, PLSE expects to hire two more attorneys and another paralegal in the near future.

2. Derrick Cain becomes community engagement editor at Resolve Philly.

Derrick Cain. (Courtesy)

Derrick Cain has been named the community engagement editor at Resolve Philadelphia, which develops and advances journalism built on equity, collaboration and the elevation of community voices and solutions.

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A Philadelphia native, Cain was most recently a 2019 Reentry Think Media Justice Fellow, where he created and told stories about returning citizens that challenge stereotypes and illuminate hurdles to reentry.

Cain has several years of experience in criminal justice reform, and as a public and motivational speaker. In addition to serving as a volunteer and mentor for several organizations and continuing his personal public speaking, Cain is the chair of the professional men’s group with Menzfit, where he helps formerly incarcerated individuals by connecting them to resources.

3. City of Philadelphia announces multiple staff appointments.

Marisa Waxman has been appointed budget director, succeeding Anna Adams, and Christian Dunbar has been named city treasurer, succeeding Rasheia Johnson

Waxman has served as first deputy revenue commissioner, as well as deputy commissioner for policy and analysis on tax and water revenue issues and as staff director for the 2009 Mayor’s Tax Force on Tax Policy and Economic Competitiveness. She began her career with the City of Philadelphia in the Controller’s Office and has also held positions in the Office of Property Assessment and the Office of the Director of Finance.

Christian Dunbar served as the deputy treasurer for the City of Philadelphia. He is also a mayoral appointee and chairman of the Philadelphia Land Bank Board of Directors, and as an advisor to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank Group for the advancement of capital market development, structured product development, and governance in Emerging Markets.

Dunbar is of Liberian descent. His maternal grandfather, William V.S. Tubman, served as president of Liberia for 27 years. Dunbar is also a descendant of American abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman.

In addition to those appointments, Stephanie Tipton has been named acting chief administrative Officer, and the Civil Service Commission has voted to approve Michael Zaccagni as interim personnel director. Tipton has served most recently as chief of staff to the chief administrative officer, and Zaccagni most recently served as deputy CAO of Human Resource and Talent. The City is conducting searches to fill both positions on a permanent basis.

4. American Friends Service Committee names new associate general secretary for advancement.

Jason Drucker. (Courtesy photo)

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) announced that Jason P. Drucker will become the organization’s associate general secretary for advancement — a key development and communications role at the Quaker organization.

In his role, Drucker will lead team of more than 40 development and communications professionals and provide strategic leadership and vision for the institutional advancement of AFSC.

Most recently Drucker served as vice president of Seeds of Peace in New York City. He held previous positions at The Opportunity Agenda (Tides Center), Rudolf Steiner School, and Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

5. Girl Scouts of Eastern PA appoints new board members, Girl Advisors and elects officers.

L to r: Dawn Chavous, Kathryn Nordick, and Sophia Lee were recently appointed to the board of directors of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. (Courtesy photos)

Dawn Chavous, founder of Chavous Consulting; Kathryn Nordick, partner and member of the Financial Institutions Group, Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Sophia Lee, partner and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Blank Rome LLP joined the board of directors of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. They are joined by three new Girl Advisors:

L to r: Brianna D., Sydney M., and Nya C., the new ‘Girl Advisors’ on the board of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. (Courtesy photos)

  • Brianna D., ambassador, Abington Friends School
  • Sydney M., ambassador, Governor Mifflin Senior High School
  • Nya C., ambassador, Methacton High School

In addition, Maria Kraus, executive vice president of corporate development & strategy at Bioclinca, has been elected to the position of first vice chair. She also serves as the organization’s finance committee chair; Ann Donley, certified public accountant at Jebran & Abraham P.C. and founder of Profit Maximizers Inc. was elected vice chair, and Loraine Ballard Morrill, news and community affairs director for iHeartMedia’s six Philadelphia radio stations, was also elected vice chair.

6. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society elects three new board members.

New members of the PA Horticultural board l to r: Loree D. Jones, Molly K. Morrison, Angela Val. (Courtesy photos)

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s newest board members are:

  • Loree D. Jones, chief of staff, Rutgers University-Camden
  • Molly K. Morrison, retired president, Natural Lands Trust
  • Angela Val, chief administrative officer, PHLCVB

The new members were elected to three-year terms and joined a 19-person board with diverse backgrounds and experience.

7. Michael DiBerardinis joins the board of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

Michael DiBerardinis. (Courtesy)

Michael DiBerardinis, the former managing director of the City of Philadelphia, has joined the board of the Mann Center. Before becoming managing director for the city, DiBerardinis served as deputy mayor for Environmental and Community Resources and commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation. Additionally, he was secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources under Governor Edward G. Rendell.

“For nearly three decades Mike has been serving Philadelphians with a focus on improving and revitalizing the city’s parks, recreation facilities, and open spaces,” said Catherine M. Cahill, president and CEO of the Mann Center. “Rhe Mann will have the good fortune and privilege of benefitting from Mike’s deep passion and knowledge of Philadelphia’s outdoor spaces.”

8. Devereux president elected to the board of Robert K. Greenleaf Center.

Carl E. Clark II. (Courtesy photo)

Carl E. Clark II, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health‘s president and CEO, was elected to the board of trustees of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

Prior to joining Devereux as senior vice president and chief operating officer in 2015, Clark served in a variety of leadership roles at NHS Human Services, including regional executive director, senior vice president of program operations and, ultimately, executive vice president. Before his work at NHS, he served as special assistant to the executive deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

As a board member of the  Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, Clark will collaborate with like-minded servant leaders to direct the future strategy of the nonprofit, which offers a range of training, development, and executive education programs for organizations seeking to implement the philosophy and practices of servant leadership.

9. Bread and Roses Community Fund names 2019 ‘Tribute to Change’ honorees.

The Bread and Roses Community Fund named its 2019 Tribute to Change honorees — “leaders and community groups who inspire by offering compelling, positive alternatives to unjust systems” — to be recognized at the Fund’s “Tribute to Change” at the National Museum of American Jewish History, Oct. 17.
The honorees are:
  • Francisco Cortes, Emerging Leader Award
  • Nancy Dung Nguyen, Trailblazer Award
  • Ron Whitehorne, Paul Robeson Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Kara Tennis, Robin Hood was Right Award
  • Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities, Victory is Ours Award
  • Urban Creators, Victory is Ours Award

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