Each year, we bring together renowned thought leaders, experts in the field of human services, and ECS participants to discuss the systemic issues prohibiting upward economic mobility for Philadelphians affected by intergenerational poverty.
This year we focused on the three major obstacles our participants face while navigating the harrowing cycle of poverty:
- The crucial battle for racial equity
- Pushing for a living wage
- Ending the “Benefits Cliff”
Led by esteemed panelists, participants engaged in five sessions targeting these challenges, with actionable insights to help them work for systemic change. A bonus session devoted to faith-based advocacy for those wanting to pursue social justice and use the power of individuals and congregations to effect real change in our communities also took place.
To Address Poverty is to Name Race
Monday, October 18 | Virtual (12:00-1:30pm)
New York Times columnist and author Charles Blow set the stage for our six-part conversation by revealing the deep connection between poverty and race in a conversation moderated by WHYY’s Cherri Gregg. ECS’ visionary Chief Inclusion & Advocacy Officer, Victoria Bennett helped frame the critical issues, and ECS participants who know poverty from the inside shared their stories. This session helped participants see the issues clearly so they can begin to make positive changes in their life—and work for fairness and equity in their community.
Charles M. Blow is an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times, where his column appears on Mondays and Thursdays. Mr. Blow’s columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justice, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Mr. Blow is also a CNN commentator and was a Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale, where he taught a seminar on media and politics.
Mr. Blow is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. The book won a Lambda Literary Award and the Sperber Prize and made multiple prominent lists of best books published in 2014. People Magazine called it “searing and unforgettable.” His second book, The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto, was named a “most anticipated book” by the San Francisco Chronicle, O, the Oprah Magazine, Time Out, Town and Country, and Lithub.
Mr. Blow joined The New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and quickly became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. In that role, he led The Times to a best of show award from the Society for News Design for The Times’ information graphics coverage of 9/11, the first time the award had been given for graphics coverage. He also led the paper to its first two best of show awards from the Malofiej Infographics World Summit for work that included coverage of the Iraq war. He then went on to become the paper’s design director for news before leaving in 2006 to become the art director of National Geographic Magazine. Before coming to The Times, Mr. Blow had worked at The Detroit News.
He graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he received a B.A. in mass communications, and he holds an honorary doctorate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He lives in Brooklyn and has three children.
Victoria R. Bennett, MHS
Victoria R. Bennett was appointed ECS’ first chief inclusion and advocacy officer in 2016. With more than 30 years of human services commitment, and with a focus on progressive family care and parental involvement, she is highly-regarded as an expert working with urban women, children, youth, and marginalized communities. Performing in various capacities since joining the agency in 1992, Victoria served as senior director of St. Barnabas Mission, an emergency housing facility for homeless female-headed families, where she led the transformation of St. Barnabas into one of the most state-of-the-art and respected facilities and service providers in the Philadelphia homeless services system. As chief inclusion and advocacy officer, Victoria’s role capitalizes on her extensive experience engaging staff, the community, and program participants in a self-empowering process to affect service delivery and systemic change. Victoria has received numerous certifications and awards in leadership, social services, and training, including the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) certification from Bryn Mawr College and the Instructor’s certification from the Center for Improvement of Child Caring’s “Effective Black Parenting” curriculum. Victoria holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, completing her thesis on “Cultural Exposure and Empowerment for the African American Family.” As ECS’ appointee to the Family Services Provider Network, she is instrumental in advocating for and providing vital input into family-centered and inclusive progressive policies.
A Clear Path to Racial Equity
Tuesday, October 19 | Virtual (12:00-1:00pm)
This conversation, moderated by Keva White, entrepreneur and lecturer at Rutgers University’s School of Social Work, included three enlightening participants: Sharmain Matlock-Turner, Ala Stanford, MD, FACS, FAAP, and Dr. Mark Tyler. Urban Affairs Coalition President & CEO Sharmain Matlock-Turner leads a coalition of organizations and committed individuals who are disrupting and dismantling systems plagued by racial inequity in Philadelphia. Ala Stanford, MD, FACS, FAAP, a pediatric surgeon and the founder of Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium (BDCC) is working to bring testing and vaccines to more than 75,000 residents of Philadelphia’s minority neighborhoods. Dr. Mark Tyler, Pastor, Mother Bethel AME Church, serves as the co-director of the POWER Live Free campaign, focusing on criminal justice reform/renewal. View this recorded session.
Sharmain Matlock-Turner is the President and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition. She began her tenure in March 1999 with the special distinction of being the first woman to lead the Coalition. The Urban Affairs Coalition, formerly GPUAC, unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues. In partnership with a diverse Board of Directors, made up of business, nonprofit and community leaders, Ms. Matlock-Turner and her team of managers and more than 500 employees create partnerships and build consensus to help families reduce poverty and reach the middle class. The organization’s efforts are focused in four areas: improving life chances for youth and young adults; building wealth in low-income communities; forging strategic partnerships and strengthening the nonprofit sector through fiscal sponsorship. The organization has successfully managed more than $1B in public and private funds over its 50+ year history.
Ms. Matlock-Turner is co-founder and chair emeritus of the 22-year-old West Oak Lane Charter School. In addition, she serves on the following boards and committees: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Board of Directors; Peirce College Board of Trustees; Entrepreneur Works; Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia; Uplift Solutions; Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success; Foundations Inc. National Advisory Board; United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey; AmerisourceBergen Foundation External Advisory Committee; Philadelphia Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee; The Philadelphia Foundation’s On the Table Steering Committee; Pyramid Club Board of Governors; Cranaleith Spiritual Center President’s Council; Mayor Kenney’s Workforce Development Steering Committee; and the Independence Health Group Advisory Board for Consumer and Business Affairs.
She chairs the Fashion District Economic Opportunity Oversight Committee and serves on the Comcast Innovation Center Economic Opportunity Oversight Committee. She was recently appointed by Gov. Wolf to serve on the PA Redistricting Reform Commission, and the Census 2020 Complete Count Commission. She was also recently appointed by Philadelphia City Council to co-chair its Special Commission on Poverty Reduction & Prevention. She is a founding member of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors. She co-chairs the Draw the Lines PA East Steering Committee. Ms. Matlock-Turner has received numerous awards including the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Diversity and Inclusion Award and the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO Award. She is often asked to speak to local, regional, and national organizations. She is a regular guest commentator on 6abc’s public affairs television program, Inside Story.
Ms. Matlock-Turner holds a BS degree in Education from Temple University. In 2005, she was one of three Philadelphia nonprofit leaders selected to receive a scholarship to the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. In 2014 she received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Peirce College. She is a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute for Government. She is a Philadelphia resident and is married to Anthony “Tony” Turner with two grown daughters, Ayanna Matlock and Naima Fleming, and is the grandmother of Joshua Matlock Hale.
Cynthia R. Muse MA, MS
Cynthia R. Muse, a retired educator, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Community Services and a member of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas. Mrs. Muse is a reading specialist and served as a supervisor for curriculum and instruction, K-12, for the School District of Philadelphia, in University City. She has also served as a literacy coach, a literacy consultant, and presented workshops for the International Reading Association. In her spare time Cynthia loves visiting with her grandchildren, reading, walking, and working on the Social Action Committee of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Mark Tyler
Mark Kelly Tyler is a native of Oakland, CA and he is the third child of Bill and Elroy Tyler. In 1987, he accepted God’s call to preach the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University (B.A., Religion), Payne Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity), and the University of Dayton (Ph.D., Educational Leadership). Since 1994, Dr. Tyler has been in full time ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has been blessed to serve as pastor of congregations from one coast to the other: Oakley Chapel (Tebbetts, Missouri); Quinn Chapel (Jefferson City, Missouri); Allen Chapel (San Francisco, California); Prince Chapel by the Sea (La Jolla, California); Bethel (Oxford, Ohio); Bethel (West Chester, Pennsylvania); and, Macedonia (Camden, New Jersey).
Dr. Tyler currently serves as the 52nd pastor of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Mother Bethel, the first congregation founded by Bishop Richard Allen, has been a spiritual, social, and community force since the late 1700s. Mother Bethel also has the honor of serving as the final resting place of church founder, Bishop Allen, Sarah Allen, and Bishop Morris Brown. It is an international destination for AME pilgrims and tourists alike.
Dr. Tyler is a documentary film maker. He has worked on and produced several projects, including Bishop Richard Allen: Apostle of Freedom (The Documentary); The Anvil: Echoes from the General Conference; The Anvil: The Spirit of African Methodism; and, The Anvil: Preaching on the Frontline. He has been consulted as an on-air expert on numerous other documentaries, including Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates’ PBS documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross; multiple episodes of Sam Katz’ Philadelphia: The Great Experiment; The Scroll: Evidence of the Life Unseen, Volume 2, and others.
Dr. Tyler has also been active in the world of theological education, currently serving as an Adjunct Faculty Member of Payne Theological Seminary and a Fully Affiliated Faculty Member at the Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio. He has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Northeastern Seminary, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Missio Seminary, and United Lutheran Seminary. Additionally, Dr. Tyler is the past Director of Church Relations and Alumni Affairs at Payne Seminary and the past Director of Church Vocations at New Brunswick Seminary. He formerly served on the advisory boards for the Urban Theological Institute at United Lutheran Seminary and Northeastern Seminary. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of New Brunswick Theological Seminary and the United Lutheran Seminary.
Dr. Tyler’s ministry has also led him into the work of activism and organizing for social justice. Mother Bethel is one of the founding congregations of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild). POWER, a part of Faith in Action formerly known as PICO, is the region’s largest faith based organizing effort. His work with POWER involves serving as one of the directors of the LIVE FREE campaign which centers on criminal justice reform, ending mass incarceration, and police accountability. He is a former Co-Chair of the Clergy Caucus and former Co-Chair of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Tyler is a Philadelphia based radio host on “The POWER Hour” on WURD Radio. He has also hosted several other programs, including “Urban Insight”, “Wake up with WURD”, and “Mark and Denise in the Mornings”. As a host, he has interviewed some of the most influential persons of our time. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and in his “spare time” enjoys traveling to new places, riding motorcycles, and roller skating. He and his wife, Leslie, live in the Philadelphia area. He has four wonderful children.
Smoothing Out the “Benefits Cliff”
Wednesday, October 20 | Virtual (12:00-1:00pm)
For people working hard to move out of poverty, the “Benefits Cliff” is a big problem. It’s when a slight increase in a worker’s income results in a sudden loss of public benefits, like childcare or supplemental food, which is worth far more than the income increase itself. You fall off the cliff. It’s a huge disincentive to accept a promotion, get to the next level. National experts David Altig, Executive Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and Karen Schoellkopf, Founder of Leap Fund, shared research and solutions that everyone could understand and implement. View this recorded session.
Dr. David Altig
Dr. David E. Altig is executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to advising the Bank president on monetary policy and related matters, Dr. Altig oversees the Bank’s Research Division, which includes the Bank’s team of economists, the Regional Economic Information Network, and the Bank’s Community and Economic Development function. In this role, Dr. Altig leads the Atlanta Fed’s research and engagement portfolio on benefits cliffs. He also serves as a member of the Bank’s Management and Discount Committees and is the executive cosponsor of the Bank’s Working Families Employee Resource Network.
Dr. Altig is an adjunct professor of economics in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He is currently the vice president-elect of the National Association for Business Economics, for which he served as director from 2016 to 2019. He is also a member of the advisory council of the Global Interdependence Center and serves on the board of the Konstanz Seminar on Monetary Theory and Policy. He has past and pending published research in several prominent professional journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the National Tax Journal.
Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Dr. Altig served as vice president and associate director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He joined the Cleveland Fed in 1991 as an economist before being promoted in 1997. Before joining the Cleveland Fed, Dr. Altig was a faculty member in the department of business economics and public policy at Indiana University. He has lectured at several other universities, including the Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin, as well as in the Chinese Executive MBA program sponsored by the University of Minnesota and Lingnan College of Sun Yat-Sen University.
Dr. Altig graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Brown University. He and his wife, Pam, have four children, six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
Bill is a Fellow of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) and practices law in Philadelphia. He is a member of the Education Committee of the ABA’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Section, and drafted the resolution on equal access to high quality public education adopted by the ABA House of Delegates (2017). Bill has a passion for governmental and private efforts to address urgent needs of public secondary education systems, especially the drop-out issue (> 30% in Philadelphia). He serves on the Advocacy Committee of Episcopal Community Services (“ECS”) helping ECS and parishes support public policies addressing racism and poverty, and held a similar role at Philabundance supporting efforts to address hunger and food waste. Bill received a Lifetime Achievement Award (2016) from NJBIZ (a NJ business journal) and NJBIZ’s General Counsel of the Year Award (2012). Bill earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH and his B.S. Economics (Finance and Labor-Management Relations) from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is the husband of Jane Hiller Farran, Ph.D., an executive coach and management consultant, the father of four children and grandfather of two.
Karen Schoellkopf is the Founder and CEO of Leap Fund. She’s worked on projects for Samsung, Target, Verizon, Meetup, Spotify, the American Medical Association, and more, and led Product at VoteRunLead (which trains women to run for office). She launched Hire More Women In Tech in 2014 (making the business case for women in leadership positions in tech), and realnames.online in 2016 (about the dangers of “real name” defaults in social platforms). She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and her BA from Binghamton University. She is a Fellow of the Robert Sterling Clark Network, whose mission is to enhance economic mobility across NYC.
She has spoken about benefits cliffs and fintech solutions to policy failures at: Benefits Cliffs with a User-centered Lens, Circles USA Breakthrough Conference (2021), Benefits Cliffs, ECS Forum on Justice and Opportunity (2019, 2020); Summit on the Economics and Policies of Cliffs in the Social Safety Net and Economic Mobility, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (2019); Fintech Fixes to Policy Problems, NYS CDFI Conference (2019); and Unlocking Underserved Markets panel, Ideas42 Behavioral Summit (2018).
We Need a Living Wage. Here’s How to Get It.
Thursday, October 21 | Virtual (12:00-1:00pm)
The federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the 1965 wage ratio of CEO-to-typical workers was 21-to-1. In 2019 the ratio was 320-to-1. In this session, we spent an engaging hour with William Spriggs, Professor and former Chair of the Department of Economics at Howard University, and Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO. The conversation was moderated by Ashley Putnam, Director of the Economic Growth & Mobility Project at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Participants learned about the real issues and how they can help press for a decent wage for working families. View this recorded session.
William Spriggs is a professor in, and former Chair of, the Department of Economics at Howard University and serves as Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO. In his role with the AFL-CIO, he chairs the Economic Policy Working Group for the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and serves on the board of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is currently on the Advisory Board to the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute, and on the editorial boards for Public Administration Review and the Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis and Research (of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation). He previously served on the joint National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Public Administration Committee on the Fiscal Future for the United States.
He was the 2016 recipient of the National Academy of Social Insurance’s Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance and the 2014 NAACP Benjamin L. Hooks’ Keeper of the Flame Award.
“Follow Justice and Justice Alone”*: Faith-Based Advocacy and Organizing
Thursday, October 21 | Virtual (4:00-5:30pm)
Many congregations have tired of only setting up soup kitchens and food pantries. They are ready to ask, why? During this enlightening hour, we brought together national and local faith leaders: Bishop Dwayne Royster, Executive Director of POWER; Martin Trimble, Co-Director of the Industrial Areas Foundation; Frances Upshaw, a member of Calvary St. Augustine; and The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, rector of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Together we discussed the power of individuals and congregations to raise awareness on key issues, generate scale and momentum, and effect real change in our communities. View this recorded session.
Bishop Dwayne Royster
Bishop Dwayne D. Royster is the National Political Director of Faith in Action (formerly the PICO National Network) and the Designated Pastor of Faith United Church of Christ in Washington, DC as well as the Senior Pastor/Founder Emeritus of the Living Water United Church of Christ in Philadelphia, PA. He has extensive organizing, advocacy, political and faith leadership experience. He is the Executive Director of the POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild), a former councilman at large for the Municipality of Norristown. Bishop Royster serves as the Founder of the Society for Faith and Justice. The Society is an ecumenical religious order committed to a charism of social justice as spiritual discipline and spiritual practice.
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel (he/him) was educated at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He was ordained Priest in 1995 in Danville, Pennsylvania where he worked as a Hospital Chaplain and a Head Start teacher. Pastoral positions followed at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Flossmoor, Illinois, St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago, and then Rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. After following his wife, the Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, to her new position in Princeton, New Jersey, he was called to be the Executive Director of the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County. The largest food pantry and the gateway agency for Homelessness Prevention services in Mercer County, the Crisis Ministry also runs a Welfare to Work program and an innovative free farmers market. Jarrett became Rector of St. Martin’s in February 2011. He formerly served as the co-chair of Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER). Jarrett is an Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross. He is an Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary where he co-teaches a regular class on Faith Based Community Organizing, Theology and Practice. Jarrett has been published in Sojourners, the Huffington Post, Yours the Power, and the Journal of Public Theology. He is the father of two children, Timothy and Martha.
Our Marching Orders.
Friday, October 22 | Virtual (12:00-1:00pm)
This rousing wrap-up session brought together Philadelphia influencers ready to take action: Art Haywood, PA State Senator; Della Clark, President of the Enterprise Center; Anne Nevins, President of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC); and our own David Griffith, Executive Director of ECS. They detailed their commitments in the next 12 months to help reduce barriers to economic mobility and offered Forum participants a range of opportunities for courageous involvement. View this recorded session.
PA State Senator Art Haywood
Art Haywood was raised by his mother, a public-school teacher, who instilled in him the value of hard work and getting a quality education. He began working at the age of nine as a newspaper delivery boy.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree and graduating Magna Cum Laude from Morehouse College, Art went on to attend the London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar to complete his master’s degree, and then graduated from the University of Michigan Law school in 1985.
Art began working at Community Legal Services, saving families from home foreclosure. He also worked at Regional Housing Legal Services, and in private practice as a lawyer, assisting nonprofit organizations to revitalize neighborhoods. Art has previously served as legal counsel to Esperanza, a community development organization in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia.
In 2009, Art was inspired by President Barack Obama to run for township commissioner in Cheltenham. He won that election, and his work as commissioner included divesting pension money from gun-makers, starting the Sustainable Cheltenham initiative, and creating a non-discrimination ordinance for sexual orientation and gender identity. After serving as President of the Board of Commissioners in Cheltenham, he was elected State Senator for the 4th district in 2014.
Through his leadership as a State Senator, Art has worked to reduce homelessness through expansion of the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Act, passed requirements to test for lead in water in Pennsylvania schools, and successfully championed legislation to relocate domestic violence survivors living in public housing.
Art completed his Poverty Listening Tour in 2019 and issued a report with 20 recommendations to reduce poverty in every community of Pennsylvania. In 2020, he fought for $193 million in federal CARES Act funds to be allocated to prevent evictions, foreclosures, and homelessness in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 pandemic. In December 2020, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency awarded Art the Award of Excellence for his advocacy for affordable and fair housing and homelessness prevention.
Art is the author of Campaigns for COMPASSION: A Story of Community Change, published in January 2021. The Arc of Pennsylvania honored him with their 2021 “Legislator of the Year” award for demonstrating exceptional leadership in addressing the needs of Pennsylvanians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In February 2021, Governor Tom Wolf appointed Art to his COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force to improve the vaccine distribution in Pennsylvania. City & State Magazine listed him on the Pennsylvania Healthcare Power 100 List in their July 2021 issue for his work as the minority chair of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee and member of the task force.
Most recently, Art organized with African American college students to end campus racism at Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education universities. He was instrumental in the state legislature passing $200 million for PASSHE, which includes funding for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This will ensure the safety and success of Black, Brown, and White students on the 14 college campuses.
Art has three adult children and resides in Wyncote with his wife for 30 years, Julie.
Della Clark’s vision for minority entrepreneurship is not about counting the number of successful businesses but making businesses count. Since 1992, Clark has brought this vision to fruition as President of The Enterprise Center – an organization at the forefront of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, guided by the mission to cultivate and invest in minority entrepreneurs to inspire working together for economic growth in communities. The Enterprise Center accomplishes this by accelerating the capacity of minority business enterprises to compete in any marketplace through business education, access to capital, management support, and connections.
Motivated by her belief that businesses success is a team sport, Clark epitomizes the core values of collaboration and economic growth that drive the outcomes of The Enterprise Center. The organization operates an MBDA Business Center of Pennsylvania (MBC-PA), a DOT Small Business Transportation Resource Center, and a U.S. Small Business Administration Microloan Program. Under Clark’s leadership, businesses have obtained more than $631 million in contracts and $131 million in intermediary financing, while the MBC-PA has created more than 2,127 jobs in the last seven years. Additionally, minority- and women-owned businesses have secured over $13 million in loans to start, grow, and succeed through The Enterprise Center Capital Corporation.
In 2016, Clark received the Abe Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement for making a significant contribution to minority entrepreneurship from former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker. This award honors individuals with an integral role in the creative, technical, or professional progress of minority business development. Clark has received numerous recognitions, but her greatest pride is helping minority enterprises scale and create jobs.
Anne Bovaird Nevins
Anne Bovaird Nevins serves as President of PIDC where she is responsible for the organization’s efforts to develop and implement collaborative strategies designed to drive economic growth to every corner of Philadelphia. In this role, Anne leads PIDC’s efforts to strengthen relationships with the public, private and philanthropic sectors to promote business growth, investment and development across the city and throughout its economy. She also directs internal activities around business development, capitalization, impact assessment, and the development and delivery of real estate and financing products that fill project financing gaps for neighborhood and large-scale commercial, industrial and mixed-use developments, deliver capital to growing businesses, and energize the development of the city’s workplaces of the future.
Prior to her appointment as President in January of 2020, Anne served as PIDC’s Chief Strategy and Communications Officer, a key member of the executive team where she oversaw capitalization, product development, strategic communications, and partnerships. Prior to this role, Nevins served as PIDC’s Senior Vice President for Marketing and Business Development for six years where she led a team that transformed PIDC’s brand identity, developed new lending products, and generated 360 loans to small, diverse, and growing businesses investing over $117 million dollars located in 94% of Philadelphia’s zip codes. Anne has served on the Mayor’s Refinery Advisory Group for the City of Philadelphia, co-managed Philadelphia’s Amazon HQ2 bid, and has created and led PIDC and ULI Philadelphia’s partnership advisory committee on the future of work and its impact on industrial and commercial land.
From 1999 to 2001, Anne served in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs, which is responsible for coordination between the President and all cabinet agencies. She then joined the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and managed the logistical and hospitality arrangements for all U.S. dignitaries attending the Olympics. Anne then managed corporate sponsorships for the Kimmel Center, the regional performing arts center in Philadelphia. She next served as Director of Development for Historic Philadelphia, Inc. and raised substantial funds to renovate Franklin Square, an 8-acre urban park in the center of Philadelphia’s historic district. Anne has a Master’s in Business Administration from the Wharton School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives with her family in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia and serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Bache-Martin, supporting the neighborhood public school.
David E. Griffith
David E. Griffith joined ECS as executive director in May 2013. He is the first non-clergy, non-MSW to head the organization in its 145+ year history.
Dave also serves as director and Chairman on the boards of The Modern Group, Ltd, Delaware Valley Floral Group, Hoober Inc., and Verus LLC., and as a director of Mountain Laurel Spirits LLC and Crazy Aaron’s Puttyworld. His nonprofit interests include serving on the boards of the Philadelphia World Affairs Council, The Economy League of Philadelphia, Friends of Foundation Academy in Trenton, Victory Farms, and The Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University where he is Chairperson and a member of the Drexel University Board and executive committee, audit, and community partnerships committee. Dave is a director of the Griffith Family Foundation, and Chair of the McEwen family Scholarship Fund. He is an advisor to the Caliper Corporation, IBM, and Journal of Social Innovation.
He is the former President and CEO of The Modern Group Ltd and remains Chairman. Before Modern, he was an executive with IBM and MCI. He is a former trustee and officer of The Westminster School in Simsbury Connecticut and a former director of the J J Haines Company. He is a past president of MHEDA, the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association, and past or current member of ARA, AED, NAW, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.
He is a nationally recognized speaker on the issues of Leadership, Governance, and Family Business. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Temple, and Rutgers. He is the author of the blog Muddy Boots, www.wearmuddyboots.com and a guest columnist at the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Dave is a strong advocate for the environment and the issues of poverty in America. He most recently keynoted on Poverty, Race, and Privilege at ECS ’s forum on Justice and Opportunity and Westminster. He believes that we are all called to service and that the most powerful voice for change needs to be our own. https://www.anspblog.org/challenge-from-new-board-chair/
He is a graduate of Kenyon College and The Westminster School. At Kenyon, he received his BA with honors in Economics and History. While at Kenyon he played DIII Soccer and Lacrosse, volunteered with the local Fire Department and served as both an EMT and line officer and worked as a resident advisor. He is also a member of the Lambda chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He is a member of Lookaway Golf Club, Sea Oaks Beach and Tennis Club, The Union League of Philadelphia, Balsam Lake Club, Trinity Episcopal Church, St Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and is a life member of Trout Unlimited.
He and his wife of forty years Jacqui have two married adult children and one grandson. Dave is an avid fly fisherman and fly tier, and all things being equal would rather be on the waters of the Beaverkill.