The last Power Moves of the year (and decade!): Dr. Mariama Grimes joins United Way - Generocity Philly


Dec. 26, 2019 8:30 am

The last Power Moves of the year (and decade!): Dr. Mariama Grimes joins United Way

Plus, new hires from the City of Philadelphia, and the surprise announcement of a departure from Juntos.

Dr. Mariama Grimes.

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1. Dr. Mariama Grimes joins UWGPSNJ as managing director of early learning.

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey named Mariama K. Grimes the organization’s managing director of early learning. Grimes will be responsible for identifying potential investments in high-performing organizations that are able to demonstrate measurable impact in educational outcomes. She will also be responsible for building regional partnerships with early learning providers that are focused on poverty reduction and assessing the impact of investments

“Mariama is a dedicated and mission-driven leader who not only understands the heart of what we’re trying to do here at United Way, but also fosters a collaborative and innovative environment to push our work forward,” said Bill Golderer, president and CEO of UWGPSNJ “She will play a critical role not only connecting families to literacy supports, but in empowering them to help their children thrive.”

Most recently, Grimes was vice president of family and community engagement at The Public Education Foundation in Las Vegas, where she served as a thought-partner and chief strategist for the CEO and president. Prior to that, Grimes served as the director of community initiatives at Strategies for Children in Boston.

Grimes earned her doctorate at Harvard University‘s Graduate School of Education, her master’s degree at the University of Southern California, and her bachelor’s degree at UCLA.

Grimes started at UWGPSNJ in December.

2. Mayor Kenney appoints Stephanie Tipton as chief administrative officer.

Stephanie Tipton. (Courtesy photo)

Mayor Jim Kenney announced December 23 that Stephanie Tipton has been appointed chief administrative officer, she has served in that role in an interim capacity since June. The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer oversees eight City departments and collaborates with City departments to transform their service delivery and strengthen their administrative functions for the better.

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“We conducted a national search to find someone to serve in this vital role, and concluded that the very best person was already here, guiding that very Office,” Kenney said. “Stephanie has shown herself to be an impressive leader of the diverse array of departments within the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), adept at spearheading a long list of important projects within the CAO cabinet. These efforts are in great hands with Stephanie Tipton.”

Prior to this role, Tipton served as the chief-of-staff to the chief administrative officer. In her 13-year career in City government, Tipton has also served as the City’s deputy chief integrity officer and interim chief integrity officer, and began her career with the City of Philadelphia as an assistant managing director, overseeing the City’s language access program.

Before working for the City, Tipton served as AmeriCorps and staff member with City Year Greater Philadelphia. She holds a master’s degree from Temple University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.

3. Irene Contreras Reyes becomes deputy communications director at the Office of the Mayor.

Irene Contreras Reyes. (Courtesy photo)

Irene Contreras Reyes has joined the Office of the Mayor as the deputy communications director. A journalist with two master’s degrees from Venezuelan universities and an ESL certification from Kaplan International Colleges, Contreras Reyes previously served as the director of communications and engagement for the Philly Counts 2020 initiative of the City of Philadelphia.

Prior to working for the City, Contreras Reyes served as communications consultant for the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; as digital marketing specialist for the restaurants Mixto and Tierra Colombiana; communications manager and specialist for Banco Exterior C.A. Banco Universal, and as strategic partnerships coordinator for Universia-Santander Group, in Caracas.

Contreras Reyes started at the Office of the Mayor in December.

4. Miguel Andrade announces his departure from Juntos.

Miguel Andrade. (Courtesy photo)

In an email dated December 23, Miguel Andrade, the media and communications manager at Juntos since 2017, announced he will be leaving the South Philly Latinx immigrant advocacy organization at the beginning of 2020.

Andrade’s long association with the organization started in 2011 when he was hired as a youth organizer, a position he held for three years.  He went on to serve as the interim executive director of GALAEI, and after stints at Indego/Bicycle Transit Systems and Gian-Grasso, Tomczak and Hufe PC, returned to Juntos as its communications lead.

Andrade was a past board officer of GALAEI, and currently serves on the board of US Human Rights Network.


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