Mar. 4, 2020 12:03 pm

Power moves: Keisha Jordan becomes the executive director of CSFP

Also, a high-level move at International House and two senior staff hires at Project HOME; board of education appointees, new board members at PICC, and at Philadelphia Futures. Plus, honorees from Girl Scouts of Eastern PA and a kitchen table awardee at CCFWG.

Keisha Jordan.

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Corrected the date on the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania entry. (03/04/20 at 2:15 p.m.) Corrected Raj Tewari's title (03/06/20 at 5:40 a.m.)

1. Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia welcomes its new executive director.

Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) — which provides scholarships for children to attend K-8th grade tuition-based schools — recently appointed Keisha Jordan as its new executive director.

“We look forward to welcoming Keisha Jordan to CSFP. Her passion and commitment to helping students and her broad-based education experience will make the CSFP team even stronger,” said CSFP Board Chair Patrick Burke.

Jordan comes to CSFP after serving as chief people officer at  Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP). Prior to her role at GSEP, Jordan worked as director of admissions at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, as well as a consultant for Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School.

She is the founding president/CEO of Philadelphia Black Alliance for Educational Options.

Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Temple University School of Law.


2. International House promotes Sarah Christy to chief operating officer.

International House Philadelphia has promoted Sarah Christy to the role of chief operating officer.

Christy joined International House in March of 2014 and has served in several capacities, most recently overseeing all public programs in the role of director of programs and managing director of Lightbox Film Center.

Before joining IHP, Christy worked in New York City producing fundraising events for museums and nonprofit arts organizations.

She holds a bachelor’s degree Lafayette College, and is currently completing her master’s degree at Drexel University.

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3. Project HOME appoints two new senior staff members.

Project HOME has appointed a new senior manager of mission nurture and community life, as well as a new senior director of individual giving.

Jamaine Smith, the new senior manager of mission nurture and community life, takes over the position held by Will O’ Brien since the early days of Project HOME in the late 1980s.

Smith most recently served as chief commons director of CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, and is the principal and lead designer at 1216 Knox.

He is part of Connectors and Keepers Class of 2018 of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, and a 2018 Philadelphia African American Leadership Development Forum cohort member.

Smith is originally from Brooklyn. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Nyack College, a master’s degree from Eastern University, and an MBA from Philadelphia University.

Robert Smith joined Project HOME as senior director of individual giving  —a role previously held by Annette Jeffrey, who was promoted to vice president of development and communications.

Previously Smith served as director of school, philanthropic and community relations at Overbrook School for the Blind. He also served as associate director of development at Philadelphia Education Fund; development director of Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County; development director of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists; and, development coordinator of the Mural Arts Program.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University and is completing a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.


4. Mayor Kenney announces board of education appointees of the School District of Philadelphia.

Mayor Jim Kenney recently announced his nine appointees to the board of education of the School District of Philadelphia. After confirmation by City Council, these appointees will begin four-year term on May 1.

The appointees:

  • Ameen Akbar
  • Julia Danzy
  • Leticia Egea-Hinton
  • Mallory Fix Lopez
  • Lee Huang
  • Maria McColgan
  • Chris McGinley
  • Angela McIver
  • Joyce Wilkerson


5. Philadelphia Futures elects new board members, including new executive leadership.

Top row, l to r: Michelle Sipics;  Darrien Davenport; Melvin Pitts, and Olenga Anabui. Bottom row, l to r: Kevin R. Boyle; Raj Tewari; Margaret Sherry Lurio, and Jennifer Daley. (Courtesy photos)

Philadelphia Futures announced the election of four new board members and new executive leadership in late January.

“I am very pleased to have these transformative leaders join our board and look forward to their contributions,” said Sara Woods, executive director. “They bring a wealth of experience to our organization and serve as models to our scholars of the professionals we hope they will become. I look forward to implementing our new strategic plan and charting the future of Futures alongside them.”

The new board members are:

  • Olenga Anabui, director at Penn Medicine 
  • Darrien Davenport, executive director of multicultural engagement and assistant vice president of college life at Gettysburg College
  • Melvin Pitts, supervising senior associate at Chubb
  • Michelle Sipics, technology R&D senior principal at Accenture

The four new officers are:

  • President Kevin R. Boyle, financial partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
  • Vice President Raj Tewari, chief operating officer at Glenmede
  • Treasurer Margaret Sherry Lurio, partner at Lurio & Associates, P.C.
  • Secretary Jennifer Daley, vice president and assistant treasurer at Comcast Corporation


6. Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition names two new board members.

The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition announced the appointment of two new board members in its January newsletter:

Germinha Gabriel is one of PICC’s new youth board members. Gabriel is a TPS holder born in Port au Prince, Haiti. She moved to Philadelphia at the age of 8, and is currently studying at Eastern University. She is a member of Undocublack and PICC, and joined PICC’s youth organizing work in 2019, after attending a college access for immigrant students workshop.

Stephanie Fenniri is the education and social impact director at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Fenniri has more than 10 years of nonprofit and public service experience, specifically in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives for diverse populations. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master’s degree from Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, and executive and professional certificates from Wharton and Boston University.


7. Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) celebrates Take the Lead Greater Philadelphia honorees.

L to r: Sophia Lee, Dr. Brandi Baldwin, Eileen McDonnell, and Mary Stengel Austen. (Courtesy photos)

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania recognized four distinguished women from the community as Take the Lead honorees this past February. Take the Lead is a girl-led program that has as a mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. The women in leadership who were honored, exemplify those same values.

This year’s honorees were:

  • Sophia Lee, partner & chief diversity and inclusion Officer, Blank Rome
  • Dr. Brandi Baldwin, founder & CEO, Millennial Ventures Holdings
  • Eileen McDonnell, chairman & CEO, The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Mary Stengel Austen, president & CEO, Tierney


8. CCFWG to honor Pat Yoder with Kitchen Table Award.

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls (CCFWG) will honor Patricia Yoder – a Chester County advocate for women and children – with its Kitchen Table Award onMay 1.

Yoder has dedicated over 30 years to caring for Chester County mothers and children in her role as the Chester County Health Department’s maternal-child health supervisor. As an RN, she has played a critical role in minimizing barriers to care and connecting families to much needed resources. Under her leadership, the nurse home visiting programs in the county now include both a
more intensive and long-term Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program for vulnerable first-time low-income mothers and a Title V home visiting program that provides essential public health services to women, mothers, infants, children up to 22 and children with special health care needs and their families.

Additionally, she plays a leadership role in numerous local and statewide committees and advisory groups related to maternal child health, serving on the PA Department of Health Title V Advisory Committee, PA Department of Health Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Advisory Committee, March of Dimes Chester County Collaborative, and the Chester County ACE’s Coalition, among others.

Yoder has also been awarded the Outstanding National Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) Administrator Award, and is a past recipient of the March of Dimes Women of Achievement Award in the health category.


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