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May 7, 2020 9:32 am

Power moves: Conor Murphy is Reading Terminal Market’s new GM

Plus, recent appointments at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Juvenile Law Center and Bellevue Strategies.

Conor Murphy.

(Courtesy photo)

Update: Corrected incorrect spelling of Shaunise Spivey's name in the subheadline and text, and updated her educational information. (5/19/20 at 6:40 a.m.)

1. Conor Murphy assumes leadership of the Reading Terminal Market.

Conor Murphy, a social investment advisor and serial entrepreneur, assumed the role of general manager at the Reading Terminal Market May 6. He fills the vacancy left by Anuj Gupta, GM since 2015, who is now the chief of staff for U.S. Congressman Dwight Evans.

Murphy, an Irish immigrant, is the owner of Bridewell Advisory, which assists business owners and entrepreneurs with philanthropic and social investment advice. He is also the founder of Bearings Coffee, a company that creates coffees for classic cocktails, special events and for fundraising efforts. Earlier in his career, he founded and owned Haiti Business Development, a company that provided counsel to local businesses and NGOs and provided strategy development for entrepreneurs.

Murphy previously served as the director of corporate social responsibility and new business development for La Colombe in Philadelphia. He also served as the country director for the Soul of Haiti Foundation in Haiti. In his early career, he worked at Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year project coordinator and as a consultant for risk advisory services.

“[Murphy’s] vision for the Market is impressive, his ideas are exciting and innovative, and he has the experience and skill set to lead us, both in the short term through this crisis and in the long term, into the future,” Albert Mezzaroba, chairman of the Reading Terminal Market Corporation, said in the announcement.

Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree from University College Cork.

2. Shaunise Spivey named VP of human resources, diversity and inclusion at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.

Shaunice Spivey. (Courtesy)

Shaunise Spivey, who has served as the director of human resources and started at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging in 2014, recently became the vice president of human resources, diversity and inclusion at the organization.

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“Spivey has been a long-time advocate for building a culture of relatability and interconnectedness at PCA,” Shannon Reyes, PCA’s public relations specialist told Generocity via email.  “[She] believes that an inclusive and diverse workforce represents a work culture and environment where all employees can feel welcome and accepted to create and thrive.”

Spivey joined PCA in 2014 as assistant director of human services. She previously served as the assistant director of personnel at Weber Gallagher, and a human resource generalist at Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP.

She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Strayer University, and HR management certification from Villanova University.

3. Aryn Williams-Vann is the new Zubrow Fellow at Juvenile Law Center.

Aryn Williams-Vann. 

On May 4, Aryn Williams-Vann became Juvenile Law Center‘s 19th Zubrow Fellow. The Zubrow Fellowship is a two-year, non-project-based fellowship in children’s law. Recent law school graduates with a demonstrated commitment to Juvenile Law Center’s mission and to working in the child welfare and justice systems are eligible for the fellowship.

Williams-Vann is a 2019 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, with a concentration in criminal justice. While in law school she was part of the Missouri Innocence Project and the Criminal Prosecution Clinic, and interned at the Missouri Public Defender Capital Litigation Office.

Williams-Vann also served as an executive board member of the University of Missouri’s chapter of Black Law Student Association, and as a member of Elwood L. Thomas Inn of Court.

She is also a R. David Ray Trial Advocacy Award recipient.

4. Thomas Young joins Bellevue Strategies as an associate.

Thomas Young. (Courtesy)

Thomas Young, who was formerly the chief of staff for PA State Representative Donna Bullock, has joined Bellevue Strategies as an associate.

“We’re proud to have Thomas joining our firm” said Mustafa Rashed, the CEO of the lobbying, advocacy and strategic communications firm. “During these unprecedented times, additional experience in state government and in community relations are of tremendous value to the businesses we serve.”

Prior to his work with Bullock, Young served as director of logistic and research/executive aide at the Committee to elect Lynne Abraham. He also worked as a retention specialist at Career TEAM LLC, and before that, for nearly years, he was a professional basketball player in Germany.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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