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Core Session 1: The BIG Picture- Planning in the City - October 5 
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Ian Hegarty, Community Planner, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Ian is a recent transplant from New York City who found a welcoming home in Philadelphia. Following a stint as a Recycling Program Planner with the Streets Department, Ian joined the Planning Commission in early 2015 where he works as a City Planner for the Upper North and Upper Northwest Districts. Now happily living in Mount Airy, Ian enjoys exploring the Wissahickon and discovering interesting corners of his new hometown. He is even considering occasionally rooting for the Phillies!

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Verna Tyner, Chief of Staff, Councilman Greenlee; Co-Founder & Business Agent, Tioga United

Verna has lived in Philadelphia all her life and has resided in the Tioga section of Philadelphia for the past forty-two years. She attended the Philadelphia public schools and served as a junior block captain in her teens, block captain for 20 years, committee person for the last 16 years and has launched an accomplished career of community service.  She is a one of the founders and an original board member, past treasurer, and current business agent of Tioga United, one of the most successful and effective neighborhood organizations in the City.

Verna has been fighting to improve the quality of life for residents by working collectively with residents, elected officials, businesses and others, to create unique options that can make a difference. She bridges the gap between City government and the neighborhoods it serves.

Verna’s accomplishments include: helping to launch a three million dollar Tioga United rehabilitation project which will result in the rehabilitation of six homes; designing and debuting Tioga’s “Unity Day Festival” that has been going strong for fourteen years; identifying resources to successfully rebuild the Jerome Playground when the City of Philadelphia could not afford to repair it; uniting community organizations to work together on education and safety issues; remapping, through the zoning process, the neighborhood of Tioga to spawn further economic development; overseeing many events for older adults which created a network among senior residents of Tioga; strategizing with residents to “clean and green” over two hundred vacant lots; representing Councilmen Cohen and Greenlee on the Philadelphia Cultural Fund Board; and creating working with others to create a non-profit organization for Bryant Baptist Church, her place of worship that she has been a member of since birth. Born, baptized, married and currently serving as an ordained Deaconess.

As Chief of Staff to City Councilman David Cohen and City Councilman Bill Greenlee, Verna Tyner has been a leader in Council and has approached her work with the make-it-happen determination of a neighborhood activist fighting for community change.  She also ran for an elected District Council Seat in 2011.

In 2011, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication from LaSalle University and her Masters in Human Capital Development. She believes if more people work toward the same goal all dreams can be realities. 

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Dan Levin, Special Projects Manager, The Enterprise Center CDC

Dan oversees the urban planning and real estate projects for the Enterprise Center, a non-profit organization focused on minority entrepreneurship and community development.  He has worked as an urban planner for over 12 years, with both domestic and international planning experience, working for the non-profit, consulting, and government sectors.  He has developed economic development strategies for numerous racially and ethnically diverse communities, has been involved in neighborhood master plans, and has overseen multiple community engagement processes – most recently directing the Walnut Hill Neighborhood Plan 2016. 

Dan currently focuses on supporting the real estate activities of TEC clients and supporting TEC’s real estate and community development objectives.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Core Session 2: Land Use & Zoning 101 - October 13

Unit 1: The Zoning Code

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Donna J. Carney, Citizens Planning Institute Director, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Donna J. Carney is the founding Director of the Philadelphia Citizens Planning Institute, the education and outreach arm of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.  She brings to this role years of project management and design experience as an architect specializing in historic preservation and sustainable design. Her goal is to guide the development of educational tools to empower communities of people within Philadelphia to learn, grow, and improve the quality of their neighborhoods.

Donna is inspired to meet so many life-long learners who love where they live all across Philadelphia!  She is a strategy designer and facilitator, aiming to engage all community stakeholders in creating a shared vision. She has developed educational and interpretive materials for municipalities (downtown façade programs), arts & historical non-profits and the National Park Service. 

Donna is a graduate of Fielding University’s Organization Management & Development program (MA), Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (MS Historic Preservation), New Jersey Institute of Technology College of Architecture & Design (MArch) and Iowa State University's College of Design (BA). She is a Certified Charrette Planner (National Charrette Institute, 2006) and a registered architect in the state of Pennsylvania. She was recognized by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) with its 2014 “Planning Leadership Award for Professional Planner”. Her position as Director became institutionalized within the City Planning Commission in 2015.

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Andy Meloney, Staff Planner, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Andrew Meloney is the Senior Planner for Implementation at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Andrew joined the Planning Commission in 2008. While at PCPC he has managed plans for Walnut Hill, North 52nd Street, South 58th Street, and Station Square & 30th St Vicinity as well as the West Park and University Southwest District Plans as part of the comprehensive plan, Philadelphia 2035. He currently supervises a team of planners working to implement the recommendations of the comprehensive plan with policy, legislation, and grant writing. Prior to coming to the Planning Commission Andrew worked as a Planner and Real Estate Development Analyst at The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) and as the Mapping Unit Supervisor for the Philadelphia Department of Records.

Unit 2: Zoning & Citizen Involvement 
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Mason Austin, Staff Planner & RCO Coordinator, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Mason Austin is a city planner with the implementation team of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) and serves as the Registered Community Organization (RCO) Coordinator.  In the role of RCO Coordinator, Mason works with community groups, property owners and developers, and neighbors around the city to facilitate engagement and to help navigate the City’s zoning and development processes.  Prior to joining PCPC, Mason Austin worked as an urban economics and real estate consultant for HR&A Advisors and Strategic Economics/the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, as the lead researcher for the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University, and in a variety of roles in affordable housing development and finance.  Mason holds a BA in The Growth and Structure of Cities from Haverford College and a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.  

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Judy Walterson, Member, West Powelton Saunders Park RCO, Spring CPI grad 

Judy Walterson has been a resident of West Powelton for the past 27 years.  She originally moved into the neighborhood to be near the faith-based community outreach work in which she was involved for 25 years, specifically children and youth programming for residents of public housing and other local neighborhoods throughout West Philadelphia.  However, Judy also discovered that she moved onto the best block in all of West Philadelphia and greatly appreciates both the long-time and newer neighbors who look out for each other and who all pitch in whenever there is an issue (or a snowstorm).  Her neighborhood is changing due to an influx of student housing and so now Judy also has experience with RCOs, zoning, and all that those entail and she is a somewhat regular attender of West Powelton/Saunders Park RCO and West Powelton Concerned Community Council neighborhood meetings.  

Judy currently works in administration at Drexel University, but her passion lies in facilitating empowering partnerships between diverse communities, most notably between urban communities and suburban volunteers, and in developing student understanding of and commitment to urban social justice issues with an emphasis on integrity and dignity in building cross-cultural relationships.  Judy has been privileged to travel to Ecuador, India, Liberia and Nigeria to participate in faith-based NGO work and has been getting to know the African diaspora community in Philadelphia through her marriage to her Nigerian husband, Ray, and their involvement in their church, Winner's Chapel International Philadelphia.  In her free time Judy enjoys walking all over Philadelphia with her husband, Ray, reading historical novels, eating dark chocolate, and playing with the laser pen with her City Kitties rescue, Teddy B.
 

Core Session 3: The Development Process - October 19

Unit 1: The Development Process-the Private Side

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Ken Weinstein, President Philly Office Retail, LLC

Ken is an active entrepreneur and real estate developer in the Philadelphia area. He serves as President of Philly Office Retail, LLC, which has renovated and restored more than 200 vacant and deteriorated commercial and residential units in the Philadelphia region during the past 25 years.  Philly Office Retail currently owns and manages more than 600,000 square feet of commercial space in the Philadelphia region.
Ken founded and operated Cresheim Cottage Cafe from 1996 until 2004 and now owns Trolley Car Diner, Deli and Ice Cream Shoppe in Mt. Airy since 2000 and Trolley Car Cafe in East Falls since 2010. Along with Stan Smith, Ken has been invited to speak annually to a group of 35 NFL players at Wharton’s Sports Business Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania about investing in real estate and the restaurant business.

Previously, Ken served as Chief of Staff for Philadelphia City Councilwoman Happy Fernandez from 1991-1995 and currently serves as a 9th Ward Democratic Committee Person and Chair of the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District. Ken is Founder of the Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Teacher’s Fund and Trolley Car Table Tennis Club and Organizer/Board Member of Valley Green Bank. 

In 2007-2008, Ken headed Mayor Michael Nutter’s economic development transition team and was appointed by the Mayor as President of the Board of the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation and by the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners to the Montgomery County Economic Development Task Force.

In 2004, Ken was awarded the Business Leader of the Year Award by West Mt. Airy Neighbors, in 2005 was given the Community Service Award by the Center City Proprietors Association, in 2006 was named one of Philadelphia’s 101 Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia, in 2009 received the Distinguished Leadership Award by Community College of Philadelphia, in 2010 received the My Block, My Business Award by the Empowerment Group, in 2011 was awarded the Edgar Baker Community Service Award by East Mt. Airy Neighbors, the 2012 Retailer of the Year Award by the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, in 2013 was honored by the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, and was awarded the 2015 Philadelphia Business Journal’s Heavy Hitters of Real Estate Award in the Do-Gooder category.

Ken’s mission is to revitalize neighborhoods by renovating vacant, deteriorated properties in Philadelphia’s commercial corridors. He believes that you can do well by doing good.

Unit 2: The Development Process- the Non-Profit View  
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 Kira Strong, Vice President, Community and Economic Development, People’s Emergency Center

Kira Strong is Vice President of Community and Economic Development of People’s Emergency Center (PEC), a Philadelphia non-profit whose mission is to revitalize its surrounding West Philadelphia neighborhood, provide comprehensive supportive services to homeless women and their children, and advocate for social change. PEC’s community and economic development work focuses on transforming West Philadelphia into a healthy, vibrant community through real estate and economic development and quality of life initiatives. Strong has worked at PEC since 2004, and has overseen community and economic activities for 3 target neighborhoods including a $1.7 million operating budget and $35.5 million in real estate and economic developments.  

She received the 2011 Rising Star Award from the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, and was named one the region’s 40 Under 40 in 2014 by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Ms. Strong received her undergraduate degree from Hampshire College, her master’s degree in urban planning from Temple University, and a Nonprofit Executive Leadership certificate from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Ms. Strong serves on the board of directors of the Community Design Collaborative, the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, and the Slought Foundation.

Elective #1: Community Engagement 101 - October 26
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David Ferris, Assistant Program Officer, Philadelphia Local Support Initiatives Corporation (LISC) 

David has been with LISC since January 2012. As an Assistant Program Officer, he has worked to support community engagement as a key priority in all of LISC's strategic programs, especially equitable development, community safety, and creative placemaking. He supports the Community Connectors program of People's Emergency Center (PEC) and Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), which trains residents to engage their neighbors in community development initiatives. He worked with APM and PEC to develop a leadership development program for Community Connectors outreach workers. He convened community organizers in West Philadelphia for peer learning and to collaborate and coordinate their community engagement efforts - a group that continues to meet under their own leadership.

David was transformed through seminal experiences and relationships, such as when he worked with poor homeowners in Appalachia, lived with organized peasant communities in Thailand, taught adjudicated youth in post-Katrina New Orleans, and studied popular education and community organizing with fellow economic justice organizers at the Highlander Center. He is committed to building power among populations most affected by oppression and cultivating anti-oppressive relationships.

David lives in “West Philly is the best Philly,” where he can be found gardening, cooking, bringing diverse groups of people together, and letting his dog Judy walk him. His friends make fun of him for taking himself way too seriously and eating lots of butter.

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Kevin Brown, Neighborhood Advisory Committee Coordinator, People’s Emergency Center CDC

Kevin has over a decade of experience in the national non-profit arena with a formidable skill set. He is equipped to strategically organize and leverage organizational resources, procedures, and protocols to maximize programmatic outcomes and, ultimately, advance organizational mission and goals.

In 2004, Kevin launched KBI Solutions, a management consulting firm whose objective is to provide technical assistance to philanthropic foundations and non-profit organizations in the development and implementation of community-based initiatives and youth-centered programming.

In 2008, Kevin began his partnership with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, where he developed a keen understanding of the creative processes necessary to engage various mediums; the unique strategic approaches necessary to optimally integrate the creative process into community development; and, moreover, the utility of community-based art to enhance outcomes.

Prior to his art-focused project management, Kevin worked in the area of Behavioral Health.  As a certified mental health counselor, Kevin’s practice area focused on the comprehensive treatment of Prolonged Bereavement, Trauma, and Recovery. Consequently, his experience as Behavioral Health Therapist was critical in developing a partnership between Philadelphia Mural Arts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disabilities.

Kevin is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Morehouse College.

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Naida Elena Burgos, Neighborhood Advisory Committee Coordinator, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha 

As the Neighborhood Advisory Committee Coordinator at Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Naida's role is to serve as a liaison between community residents and city agencies to encourage partnership among community stakeholders. Prior to serving as NAC Coordinator, Naida held the Community Connector position, working to implement outreach initiatives in the Eastern North Philadelphia community.

Naida also served as Youth Worker and Program Developer at the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association to support after-school and summer programming at the site. In addition to her work in Philadelphia, she is passionate about International and Economic Development in third world countries. She served in Equatorial Guinea Africa, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador through residency and internship programs. She is a recipient of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and is a member of the Gilman Alumni Embassador Program.

Naida holds a Master of Arts in International Development from Eastern University, Bachelor of Arts from Arcadia University and two Associate's Degrees from the Community College of Philadelphia. She is proud to call Philadelphia home. 

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Lorraine Gomez; Neighborhood Advisory Committee Coordinator, Mt. Vernon Manor CDC; President, Viola Street Residents Association; Secretary, Centennial Parkside CDC

"Always hustling for a good cause," Lorraine was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She has been a community activist for over 20 years. Lorraine is the current President of Viola Street Residents Association.  Secretary of Centennial Parkside Community Development Corporation, member of Parkside Historical Committee. Mt. Vernon Manor Neighborhood Advisory Committee Coordinator service area in The Promise Zone communities of Mantua, East Parkside and Powelton Village. She is instrumental in having Viola Street designated as a Historic in the city Philadelphia and Pennsylvania State. She currently works as a consultant for the Promise Zone– Mantua and Mt. Vernon Manor CDC as a Block Coordinator. 

She is a 1971 graduate of Overbrook High School, attended Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh NC, and served in the United States Air Force from 1978 – 1985 as a Mobile Communication Specialist.  She traveled to serve our country in Africa, Honduras, Panama, England, Spain, France, El Salvador, Grenada, Germany, Jordan and Italy which helped prepare her to be a community activist.

She believes that each block is like a village, protecting and providing for our children and seniors.  Each one teach one.

Elective #2:  Preserving Historic Resources - November 2 
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Patrick Grossi, Director of Advocacy, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.

Patrick Grossi is a public historian and place-based advocate committed to accessibility, thinking seriously about non-traditional methods of engaging the past, and making every effort to allow audiences to place themselves within the historical context of the cities and spaces they inhabit. A longtime resident of the City of Philadelphia, he is most interested in reorienting the city's historical emphasis toward a more modern understanding of the complexities of post-industrial urban life, with special emphasis on the built environment, political processes, and the social and cultural histories of vernacular architecture.

He has previously worked with the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, Wyck Historic House & Garden, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and Friends of the Rail Park, among others. Prior to joining the Preservation Alliance Grossi served as Project Manager of Temple Contemporary's Funeral for a Home

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Dana FedeliDirector of Advocacy, Neighborhood Preservation Alliance / Kensington Olde Richmond Heritage 

Dana Fedeli is co-founder and Executive Director of the Neighborhood Preservation Alliance (NPA) and Director of Advocacy for Kensington Olde Richmond Heritage (KORH). Both groups are grassroots preservation initiatives serving the Riverwards community.

NPA was established January 2016 in response to the threatened demolition of the Montgomery Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church in Fishtown. They were successful in saving the structure and later united with KORH, working together to maintain the historical and cultural significance of their neighborhoods. In June 2016, KORH/NPA were recognized by the Fishtown Neighbors Association with the 2016 Fishtown Neighborhood Community Service Award for their preservation efforts. 

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Quentin StoltzfusDirector of Strategic Planning, Neighborhood Preservation Alliance / Kensington Olde Richmond Heritage 

Quentin Stoltzfus has resided in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia for nearly two decades and has actively worked to advocate for preservation of historic structures, smart growth, and to improve preservation policies at a local level. He is co-founder and Director of Strategic Planning for the Neighborhood Preservation Alliance (NPA) and Kensington Olde Richmond Heritage (KORH). Both groups are grassroots preservation initiatives that serve the Riverwards community in saving their built environment.   

NPA was established January 2016 in response to the threatened demolition of the Montgomery Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church in Fishtown. They were successful in saving the structure and later united with KORH in working together to maintain the architecturally historic and culturally significant environments of their neighborhoods. In June 2016, KORH/NPA were recognized by the Fishtown Neighbors Association with the 2016 Fishtown Neighborhood Community Service Award for their preservation efforts. 

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Andrew Fearon, Founder & Executive Director, Kensington Olde Richmond Heritage 

Kensington Olde Richmond Heritage (KOHR) is a grassroots preservation initiative that serves the communities of Philadelphia’s Riverwards (korh.org). KORH’s mission statement is to promote the retention of historically, architecturally, and socially significant landmarks or cultural landscapes through community engagement.

Since 1995, Andrew has been active in heritage conservation encompassing architecture, monuments, and archaeology. As Chief Architectural Conservator for the Kensington based firm Materials Conservation, he designs and implements strategies for preservation on a broad range of heritage sites including Eastern State Penitentiary, The New York Public Library, and Jefferson’s Monticello. Andrew holds an MSc in architectural conservation from the University of Pennsylvania’s Program in Historic Preservation where as a Lecturer has conducted conservation seminars since 2010. He is member of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee for Wood and Vice Chair of the Architectural Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation. He currently serves as a Board Member for both US-Docomomo - Philadelphia Chapter and Shofuso Japanese House and Garden located in Fairmount Park. 

Elective #3: Accessing Food in Your Neighborhood - November 9
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Ashley Richards, Community Planner, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Ashley is a City Planner with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, specifically working in north Philadelphia. Prior to working for the Commission, Ashley gained experience working for the Philadelphia Water Department’s Office of Watersheds as an Environmental Planner. Ashley also has experience in community development from working as a Sustainable Communities Coordinator, which entailed facilitating the creation of an urban farm cooperative led by Latina and Black residents, in South Bronx, NY.

Working with an after school social justice arts and media program, writing Sci-Fi, and community gardening are some of Ashley’s passions. Ashley holds a Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in City and Regional Planning, with a concentration in Community and Economic Development. 

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Nancy Kohn, Director of Garden Programs, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

As the Director of Garden Programs for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Nancy leads community gardening and food security programmatic initiatives with a focus on partnership and capacity building across Philadelphia and the Commonwealth. During her time as the School District of Philadelphia’s Director of Nutrition Education, she emphasized the importance of healthy eating and connecting children to their food source with gardening and education. Most recently, she served as the Director of GreenThumb for NYC Parks, where she oversaw programming and technical support provided to over 600 community gardens throughout NYC and an additional 500 school gardens; working with city agencies to develop new garden sites where gardening and farming opportunities may not be otherwise available.

Nancy’s experience ranges from finance and clinical research before making the leap to public health and sustainable food systems. She sits on the Board of Directors for the American Community Gardening Association, a national organization focused on preservation and creation of community gardens across the US and Canada. Nancy also serves as the co-chair for the Urban Agriculture subcommittee of the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council and is a Board member of the Farm School NYC. She is a graduate of the Coro Leadership New York program.

She holds a BA in Political Science from Temple University and an MA in Health Education from Columbia University.  Nancy is passionate about empowering communities, ensuring equity to open space and healthy foods, and improving the quality of life for all urban residents. 

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Dawn K. Summerville, Director of Commercial Investment, Philadelphia Commerce Department

Dawn Summerville has over 14 years of experience in the economic development arena. Formally the Assistant Director of the Office of Business Services Ms. Summerville worked with small businesses and community groups throughout the city to foster economic growth in some of the city’s emerging communities. Her experience with small and corporate businesses makes her an instrumental member of the Department of Commerce

In her current role Dawn is the Director of Commercial Investment for the City of Philadelphia. She works primarily with Regional and National companies in an effort to attract and retain them for the Philadelphia market. Her collaboration with city partners, stakeholders and brokers assist in her strategy and marketing efforts for Philadelphia.

In her current portfolio of work Dawn is charged with engaging mid-size to large scale office users who have a presence in the market or are considering Philadelphia for expansion or headquarter options. She works extensively within the commercial retail sector including advocating for supermarkets in areas of the city that have food deficits. Her desire day in and day out is to create opportunity where there is need for economic growth in order to provide a level playing field for all communities.
Prior to joining local government Ms. Summerville worked in several executive capacities within media entertainment and the fashion industry. All of her professional and life experiences she contributes to remaining a student of life.

”Around the globe relationships are an intricate part of success within business and one’s personal life. Having the opportunity to hear others life journeys, ideas and philosophy on life gives me great energy to keep moving forward. It’s amazing to realize although from different walks of life we are so much alike in spirit and desires.”

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Steveanna Wynn, Executive Director, SHARE Food Program 

Steveanna is recognized as a passionate and powerful advocate for food justice, and was named the Philadelphia Inquirer’s “2012 Citizen of the Year.” The Inquirer Editorial Board chose Ms. Wynn for this prestigious award based on “more than 20 years of commitment and dedication” to ending hunger. An August 2012 Inquirer front page profile highlighted Ms Wynn’s unwavering commitment to SHARE’s mission, her entrepreneurial spirit, and spirited pursuit of food justice. In March 2013, Ms. Wynn received the Schweitzer Leadership Award from Thomas Jefferson University in honor of her leadership role in expanding access to affordable food; in September 2013 Ms. Wynn received the MANNA Nourish Award in recognition of her work in serving the food insecure; in November of 2014 Ms. Wynn received the Hunger Fighter Award from the Coalition Against Hunger.

Ms. Wynn was hired as SHARE Executive Director in 1989. Under her visionary leadership, SHARE fosters effective coalitions to reduce hunger, and partners with community, civic and faith-based leaders to create equitable food policies and programs. Over the years, Ms. Wynn has assumed leadership roles in numerous regional and local forums dedicated to reducing hunger. She currently serves on the Hunger Free Pennsylvania Coalition and Philadelphia Emergency Feeding Committee. She is President of the Pennsylvania Association of Regional Food Banks and Chairperson of the PA Department of Agriculture Food Advisory Committee.

Last year SHARE distributed over 26 million pounds of food through food cupboards and Host Sites.   

Prior to joining SHARE, Ms. Wynn served as Planning and Program Director for Virginia’s New River Community Action agency, where she developed programs to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals and families. She is a graduate of Intermont College in Virginia with a degree in business. Ms. Wynn is also OSHA certified to drive a forklift.  

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Bridget PalomboFood Buying Club Coordinator, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM)

Bridget Palombo joined APM in 2014. As FBC Coordinator, Bridget oversees implementation of APM’s pop-up food distribution sites. She’s responsible for fresh produce procurement, the development of relationships and new distribution sites, as well as the recruitment, development and ongoing management of community volunteers. Ms. Palombo obtained her B.A. in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College. She has a 16-year background working in the food industry and has garnered accolades for work to increase food security in Philadelphia.

Bridget's work with APM's Food Buying Club program won recognition as an awardee of the 2015 Solutions for Poverty from Social Innovations Lab and the Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming and Service Award for building an ethic of civic responsibility through community organizing. Previously she worked with Resources for Human Development developing program policy and strategy for One Step Away, their street paper for and by the homeless. She served as Development and Community Relations Extern for Alameda Point Collaborative in California. Prior, Ms. Palombo served as a Program Associate and Research Assistant for Directors for Research and Programs in Mathematical, Physical and Human Sciences at the Metanexus Institute. 

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