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Apr. 16, 2020 9:46 am

Power Moves: David Gould becomes executive director of the Sixers Youth Foundation

Plus, Najja Orr assumes leadership of the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging, Technically Media says goodbye to Fatima Conteh, a top-level leadership change takes place at Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, and more.

Top row, l to r: David Gould; Najja Orr; Fatima Conteh. Bottom row, l to r: Julia Wolf; Krystal Bonner; Alison Burdo; Shannon McLaughlin.

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1. David Gould becomes executive director of Sixers Youth Foundation and Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund.

David Gould, who most recently served as deputy director of community engagement and communications for Rebuild, was named the executive director of the Sixers Youth Foundation and Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund in April.

Earlier in his career, Gould served as a program officer of research and development/new initiatives at the William Penn Foundation, and as a program assistant at the think tank Public/Private Ventures.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree from the Fels Institute of Government of the University of Pennsylvania.

2. Najja Orr assumes role of president and CEO of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging‘s former chief strategy officer, Najja Orr, assumed the role of president and CEO of PCA on April 3. Orr has been instrumental in leading the organization’s response and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to joining PCA, Orr served as the director of the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging. Earlier in his career he served as a social worker for Methodist Services for Children and Families, a behavioral health case manager for Philadelphia Mental Health Care Corp., and a crisis case manager at Path Inc.

He serves as the chair of the PA Dept. of Aging cultural diversity advisory council as well as the board secretary and a SE regional board member: president of the board of Innovations Home Care; chair of Generation Appreciation Bucks County, and a member of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, among other board positions.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a master’s degree from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, and is a doctoral candidate at Temple University.

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3. Fatima Conteh becomes events manager at Fishtown Analytics.

Fatima Conteh, CEO of IndieSoulGlow and formerly Technically Media‘s events manager and culture lead, has been named the events manager at Fishtown Analytics.

As part of Technically Media’s Philadelphia Initiatives team, Conteh focused on Philly Tech Week planning and executing Generocity initiatives such as the Tech in the Commons workshop series, Tech in Action volunteer day, and the INTER/VIEW job fair. Conteh also developed the strategy for the first year of the ADVANCE by Generocity conference, working with community partners  AfroTaino and On the Goga, among others.

Before becoming part of Technically Media, Conteh served as a program coordinator at Drexel University and the  public relations coordinator at TresseNoire.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University.

4. Phoenicia Wallace departs Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity after five months, Tobey Oxholm becomes executive director.

Phoenicia Wallace.

Phoenicia Wallace, who was appointed executive director of Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity in October 2019, departed the organization March 9, citing in a letter directed to friends and supporters of the organization, that she had “done all I can do in this role and it is time for me to direct the growth and evolution I achieved at PLSE to my next level. Now, more than ever, increased commitment, transparency, and sincerity are necessary and this evolution is in the pursuit of our greater collective purpose.”

Wallace’s letter was linked to a brief announcement of her departure that appeared in the April issue of PLSE’s newsletter. The announcement also stated that following Wallace’s departure,  Tobey Oxholm “will remain as PLSE’s executive director for the next few years.”

Oxholm is the founder of Just Resolutions ADR, and has served as the director of the Pardon Project of PLSE since 2016.

Tobey Oxholm.

He previously served as assistant to the president on special projects at Rowan College at Burlington County, as executive vice president for administration and strategic advancement at Rowan University, and as president of Arcadia University. Oxholm also served as the founding dean of Drexel University in Sacramento, California, and as the executive vice president and chief of staff to Drexel president Constantine Papadakis in Philadelphia.

Early in his career Oxholm was a deputy solicitor and later chief deputy solicitor for the City of Philadelphia.

He is a member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, and is the chair of the pro-bono committee of Wayne County Bar Association, among other board memberships.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, and his law degree from Harvard Law School.

5. Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy adds four new members to its team.

Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy recently announced the hiring of four new members of their team, with the focus on further expanding expertise in digital media.

Krystal Bonner becomes the first director of the digital and creative services team. Before joining Ceisler, Bonner was the chief digital officer of the office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Earlier she organized digital efforts for Wolf’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign and his 2015 inauguration.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Alison Burdo was named senior associate. Before joining Ceisler, Burdo helped launch the nonprofit Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting. She previously worked for the Philadelphia Business Journal, and was a digital reporter for NBC-10 in Philadelphia.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree from  the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Julia Wolf was named graphic designer. She previously served at Liberty Property Trust, a real estate investment trust, and at Highwood USA outdoor furniture company, where she planned, styled and directed photo shoots.

She is a member of the Philly Ad Club, the One Club and a young professionals council member of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

Wolf holds a bachelor’s degree from  Kutztown University.

Shannon McLaughlin joins Ceisler as an  associate. She previously served as executive education administrator at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, and as an executive assistant for a Montgomery County commissioner,

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University.

6. PhillyCAM elects two new members of its board, reelects four.

In late March, PhillyCAM announced that two new members were elected to its board of directors, and four members were reelected to their board positions. Elected via online voting, the six join current members to form the organization’s 16-member board.

New members:

  • Shameka Sawyer
  • Derwood Selby

Reelected members:

  • Denise James
  • Gigi Nikpour
  • Ernest Owens
  • Pascale Vallee
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