Allison Anderson Acevedo has recently been appointed the Director of Environmental Justice by Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell. Prior to her new role, she was a Philadelphia-based consultant focusing mostly in the areas of education, early education and community development. Allison was particularly focused on forging diverse partnerships to change systems which improve lives of children and families and sustain communities. Allison has over 15 years of experience in education program administration and public policy. Allison was Director of Education at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey where she led the education team and oversaw the strategic management and growth of the United Way’s education initiatives. Allison also has developed significant legislative and policy experience working several years for two members of the Pennsylvania legislature and with the child policy organization Public Citizens for Children and Youth. Prior to her work in non-profit administration and policy, Allison practiced law for nine years.
A seasoned and energetic executive, Kevin Dow has 26 years of private, non-profit, and public sector leadership experience and began his career in the financial services industry. Currently, he is the first executive director for Friends of the Rail Park. In 2008, Kevin was appointed by Mayor Michael A. Nutter to a dual role as the Senior Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Commerce Department for the City of Philadelphia. Six years later, Kevin joined the executive leadership team of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey as Senior Vice President of Impact and Innovation. In this role he led a team investing resources across eight counties in two states, developing and executing strategies that address critical needs in local communities to reduce inter-generational poverty. Mr. Dow earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Morehouse College and an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University. He is currently on the board of directors for the Fleisher Art Memorial, Harcum College, Philadelphia Academies Inc., the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation and the Philadelphia Advisory Board for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kevin and his family live in Newtown Square.
Jocelyn Arnold is a native Philadelphian with nearly twenty-five years of experience in both the philanthropic and local government sectors. She currently holds the position of Deputy Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Grants where she works with City agencies and their community partners identify and secure resources and partnerships to support their work. In this role, Jocelyn has helped the City obtain more than $80 million in public and private funding and awards including a $22.9 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA for the Philadelphia Fire Department, $600,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to help the City address the school-to-prison pipeline and one of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s first Promise Zone designations for West Philadelphia. Jocelyn’s extensive experience as funder and grantee includes her tenure as Program staff at The Philadelphia Foundation, Trustee and Board Chair of the Valentine Foundation, Assistant Director at Pembroke Philanthropy Advisors, and the first Development Director for Mural Arts Philadelphia. Jocelyn sits on the Advisory Board of Storiez youth trauma guide, the Philadelphia Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Working Group and the City’s Innovation Working Group. She and her family are proud residents of Mt. Airy.
Gina Degraphenreid graduated from the University of North Carolina on May 2015 with an economics degree. She currently works at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey where she manages data analysis for the 211 program. She is interested in using data analysis to advance social economic justice causes.
Theresa Jackson joined the Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia's staff in November 2011. As the Director of Member Services and Information, Theresa manages the delivery of services for Philanthropy Network’s membership and guests. This includes the implementation of educational programs and events focused on grantmaking practice, implementation oversight and maintenance of Philanthropy Network’s member database, and leading the annual renewal campaign and other member retention efforts. Theresa also serves as a primary point of contact for member inquiries and manages the work of Philanthropy Network’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce. Prior to this role, Theresa served as the Network’s Member Services Associate. Theresa is a graduate of Hampshire College with concentrations in American Studies and English/Creative Writing, and completed the Ascending Leadership Certificate Program at Bryn Mawr College’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute.
Tunisia Meek serves as the Education Coordinator at United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey where she assists with most of the Education-related projects in the Impact Department. She has over 8 years of experience in event planning and communications. Prior to her work in the Education field, Tunisia was the Special Projects Coordinator at The Philadelphia Tribune. Tunisia has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Temple University.
Rashanda Perryman-Stiff is a program officer in the Community Stewardship division at Vanguard where she uses her more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education and policy to support programs that enable young children and families to thrive. Prior to joining Vanguard, Rashanda served in the same role at the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia. Before entering the philanthropic field Rashanda worked in public policy at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., and the Ounce of Prevention Fund in Chicago. She began her career as a teacher and a case worker in child care subsidy and public assistance programs. Rashanda is a Connecting Leaders Fellow with the Association of Black Foundation Executives and is currently participating in a yearlong learning cohort. She is co-chair of the Philadelphia Running Start Early Learning committee and a nominated member of the national Early Childhood Funders Collaborative steering committee. Rashanda has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in public policy from the University of Texas at Arlington. Rashanda and her husband live outside Philadelphia with their two daughters.
Dwayne Wharton serves as the Director of External Affairs at The Food Trust where he works on local and national advocacy and leads the Food & Health Equity National Working Group. Dwayne is an appointed member of the Mayor’s Commission on African-American Males and the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council; serves on the boards of the Kynett Foundation, Greater Philadelphia Philanthropic Network and the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program; and is Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project and member of the Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity (ARCHE) Health Equity Experts Network. Dwayne completed Bryn Mawr College’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute program, has a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Temple University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from West Chester University.