Power moves: Jasmine Sessoms becomes senior VP of corporate affairs for Hilco Redevelopment Partners - Generocity Philly

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Jul. 21, 2020 5:02 pm

Power moves: Jasmine Sessoms becomes senior VP of corporate affairs for Hilco Redevelopment Partners

The Point Breeze native will handle community and government outreach as the company cleans up and redevelops the former PES refinery site.

Jasmine Sessoms.

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Updated to correct the length of Sessom's tenure at Community College of Philadelphia (07/22/20 at 4:30 a.m.)
Hilco Redevelopment Partners (HRP) — which remediates and redevelops complex and obsolete industrial properties — announced today that Jasmine E. Sessoms has joined the company’s Philadelphia office as senior vice president of corporate affairs.

According to the announcement, “Sessoms will oversee the company’s community and government outreach efforts as HRP executes on its plan to clean up and transform the former PES refinery site into a state-of-the art, multi-modal logistics campus.”

Sessoms joins HRP after serving as Community College of Philadelphia‘s government relations officer for a little more than a year.

Sessoms is founder and CEO of She Can Win, a movement that provides training and resources for women who are interested in seeking political office. The organization is also injecting capital into Black woman-led efforts to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; in June the organization’s giving circle announced it had awarded its first round of funding to the organizations Motivating Young Moms; New Voices for Reproductive Justice; Civically and No More Secrets.

In addition, Sessoms worked as managing executive director of the Fund for Philadelphia, where she provided leadership in addressing the mayor’s philanthropic priorities. She also served a the interim vice president of institutional advancement and external affairs at Cheyney University, and as senior manager of corporate giving for the ACE Insurance Group (ACE Charitable Foundation).

“Jasmine will serve as a key liaison to constituent groups throughout the City of Philadelphia and will use her deep understanding of the community to build trust and foster collaboration between HRP and the residents, groups and institutions we will seek to work with over the long-term,” Roberto Perez, CEO of HRP said in the emailed announcement.

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Sessoms has a master’s in organizational development and leadership from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a bachelor’s in hospitality management from Morgan State University, and a certificate in fund development from Villanova University.

She owns J & S Strategies, a consulting firm, and is part of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.

“This new position offers me the opportunity to leverage nearly 15 years of experience and relationship building here in Philadelphia for the good of our City,”  Sessoms said via the emailed announcement. “Hilco’s acquisition of the former PES site ensures that after 150 years, this property will never again be used to refine hydrocarbons and will become an environmentally responsible and economically robust commercial hub in Southwest Philadelphia, the very neighborhood where I grew up and still spend time with family.”

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