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.
Ms. Jones has held the positions of Deputy Managing Director and Director of Operations since 2005. She is responsible for the oversight, coordination and execution of City services for the hundreds of parades, festivals, concerts, athletic events, fundraisers and major motion picture film productions held each year in Philadelphia. Signature events include the Wawa Welcome America Festival, Made in America Music Festival, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, Mummer’s Parade, Thanksgiving Day Parade, Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, Philadelphia Marathon and the Broad Street Run, to name a few.
Ms. Jones’ knowledge of, and experience in, special projects management is comprehensive. This experience includes drafting comprehensive operation plans and directing municipal response for events which require the direct involvement of the City’s operating departments. Ms. Jones also works closely with the Law Department and is responsible for ensuring that all necessary permits, insurances and agreements with the City are executed prior to any special event. Ms. Jones is also responsible for monitoring and analyzing the departments' performance, cost analysis and reimbursements, and serving as a catalyst to encourage cooperation and collaboration both internally and externally. Other special projects have included: Presidential Visits, British Monarchy Visits, Project Brotherly Love (Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort), FEMA liaison (recovered $4M in reimbursements to the city), Democratic Presidential Debate at Drexel University, Extreme Home Makeover, Lebanese Repatriation Effort, Liberty Medal Ceremony, 150th Anniversary of the Academy of Music and the Philadelphia Crime Summit Conference. In 2011, Ms. Jones was the project manager for the “Occupy Philadelphia” demonstration on Dilworth Plaza. Ms. Jones currently serves on the 2016 Democratic National Convention Host Committee and is the City’s primary representative and liaison for the 2015 World Meeting of Families Conference and Papal visit. Ms. Jones was originally appointed by the Mayor in November of 2001 as the Director of Planning for the Mayor’s Office of Community Services, the City’s Anti-Poverty Agency. This position had the direct responsibility and oversight of the funding sources that provided direct program services to low-income families. Prior to joining the City of Philadelphia, Ms. Jones has held numerous managerial positions in the private sector. She is the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence, the American Red Cross Humanitarian Award, the Mayor’s MVP Award, and the NAACP National Voter Fund Award. She and her husband, 4th District Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. have four children and live in the Wynnefield neighborhood of Philadelphia.