Adé Fuqua is the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia. In addition, he also currently serves as the Director of the PhillyRising Collaborative, a public safety service-delivery program that targets neighborhoods plagued by crime and quality of life concerns. The collaborative establishes partnerships with community members, improves access to city government, and reduces neighborhood blight to create incremental and sustainable changes in specific neighborhoods.
Adé joined the PhillyRising team in 2011 as the program’s South Division Coordinator. In addition to serving the day-to-day needs of residents in South Philadelphia, Adé created the Philadelphia Youth Music Program which provides free music industry training by Grammy-award winning professionals to hundreds of at-risk youth. Adé also helped to raise over $750,000 for the revitalization of the Ralph Brooks Tot Lot Program. Adé was promoted to a Deputy Director in PhillyRising in late 2013 before being promoted to Director in 2014. At the end of 2014 he was promoted to the role of Chief of Staff and plays a vital role in coordinating City Departments and external relations.
Prior to joining PhillyRising, Adé served as the Director for the Kensington Area Neighborhood Advisory Committee (KANAC) from 2007-2011. Adé also served as a case manager for El CONCILIO (Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations) from 2004-2007.
Adé holds a Bachelor of Science in Health, Policy and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. He has received professional certification for the Neighbor Works America Training Academy in Community Engagement. Adé was recognized as a “Top 25 Difference Maker” in the City by the South Philly Review, has received an “Excellence in Innovation Award” and was also recognized with the distinguished “Employee of the Quarter Award” from the City of Philadelphia Managing Director’s Office. Adé has also been acknowledged by “EL SOL Latino Newspaper” in Philadelphia as one of the Top 15 City Leaders in Philadelphia during National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014.