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Power Moves: Nuala Cabral and Charlie Miller join Independence Public Media Foundation

September 12, 2019 Category: ColumnFeaturedLongPeople

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

1. Independence Public Media Foundation taps Blackstar Film Festival and Art-Reach pros for new posts.

Independence Public Media Foundation, which funds and supports media and related programs and recently disbursed $5.3 million in grants to 11 Philadelphia organizations, announced that Nuala Cabral will become the foundation’s program officer, and Charlie Miller will become the office and grants manager.

Cabral is an award-winning filmmaker, cultural producer, and teaching artist who developed the youth program at BlackStar Film Festival. She previously worked as the manager of media and communications, and as an adjunct professor, at Temple University; and has taught media production, media advocacy, and media literacy at a variety of organizations including PhillyCAM, Big Picture Alliance and Temple University’s Media Education Lab. She also supervised the award-winning journalism program, POPPYN (Presenting Our Perspective: Philly Youth News).

Charlie Miller. (Courtesy photo)

Cabral has a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a master’s degree from Temple. She is the cofounder of FAAN (Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now), and founding member of BYP100, a national black youth activist organization fighting for black liberation.

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Miller was previously deputy director at Art-Reach, a Philadelphia nonprofit working to connect people with disabilities, and low-income communities, to the arts and culture sector. Born and raised in rural Central Pennsylvania, Miller has led outreach and engagement efforts for an international peacemaking organization in Colombia, Iraq, and Israel + Palestine, and according to the IPMF announcement, has extensive experience with project management, implementing new systems, and organizational growth.

Jody Greenblatt becomes the new executive director of the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia.

Jody Greenblatt. (Courtesy photo)

The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, the nonprofit that serves as a fiscal administrator of private and philanthropic funds to build the capacity of City programs and advance strategic goals, has selected Jody Greenblatt to lead the organization. Greenblatt’s appointment comes after significant changes were instituted at the fund, including the appointment of a new and expanded board of directors and other efforts to establish an independent relationship with City Hall.

Greenblatt most recently served as the deputy chief for climate and safety at the School District of Philadelphia — a position she took after completing a three-year fellowship at the School District of Philadelphia through the Stoneleigh Foundation.

Greenblatt has also held youth-focused roles within the Court of Common Pleas (Family and Criminal Divisions) and the City of Philadelphia’s law department, and served as a consultant for the Southeast Regional Office of Children, Youth, and Families of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

3. Community College of Philadelphia welcomes new VP of marketing and communications.

Shannon McLaughlin Rooney. (Courtesy photo)

Shannon McLaughlin Rooney has been named the vice president of marketing and communications at Community College of Philadelphia, where she will be responsible for leading CCP’s marketing and communications teams and overseeing marketing efforts, public relations, publication design and content development, as well as its strategic communications and its website.

Rooney most recently served as assistant dean for strategic communications at Temple University’s Klein College. At Temple, she also held the roles of director of marketing & communications and assistant director of communications for Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts.

Before joining Temple, Rooney served as senior communications specialist for Independence Blue Cross and editorial production manager for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from Temple. She is slated to earn her doctorate from Temple this year.

4. Juvenile Law Center appoints three new fellows.

From left: Emily Satifka, Michael Joseph, Sara Guiang. (Courtesy photos)

The Juvenile Law Center, which advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for youth in the foster care and justice systems, has hired three new Fellows: Emily Satifka through the Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellowship in Children’s Law; Michael Joseph, a project-based Fellow with the organization’s economic justice team supported through the Penn Law Review Public Interest Fellowship; and Sara Guiang, an Americorps VISTA & PHENND Fellow.

Satifka was born and raised in Pennsylvania and got her bachelor’s degree from Temple University. She is a recent graduate from the University of California, Irvine School of Law where she was a public service scholar. She was a board member for the school’s National Lawyers Guild chapter, and interned at the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Nashville Defenders. She also previously worked for Americorps.

Joseph joins the organization after graduating from University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Prior to law school, he interned at Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, focusing on the coordination of reentry support for individuals serving sentences of life without parole and preparing for resentencing hearings in the wake of Montgomery v. Louisiana. He also participated in Penn Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic, representing clients in preliminary hearings, probation violation hearings, and misdemeanor trials. His project will focus on ending juvenile costs, fines and fees.

Guiang joins the organization from Las Vegas, Nevada, where she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was a court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected youth in the foster care system. At Juvenile Law Center, her work will focus on the Youth Matters: Philly app, a web-based app that bridges the gap between vital resources in Philadelphia and older youth in foster care or facing housing instability.


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