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Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce
Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce
Alan Greenberger is the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce. He also serves as Chairman of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. He has been with the City of Philadelphia since 2008. Prior to that, he was in private practice as an architect and planner with MGA Partners and its predecessor, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects.
In his dual role in city government, Mr. Greenberger oversees the integration of long-range strategic planning with implementation of both business and real estate development goals. Under his leadership, the City of Philadelphia has rewritten the Philadelphia Zoning Code and has initiated a five-year long comprehensive plan for the city, entitled Philadelphia 2035. Both initiatives are the first of their kind for the city in over 50 years and are the recipient of the American Planning Associations National Award for City Planning in 2013. In addition, Mr. Greenberger's office has launched multiple programs to attract and support a burgeoning entrepreneurial community, called StartUpPHL, and has been successful in attracting new, technology and venture capital firms to the City.
During his 34 years in private practice, he was the principal designer on numerous award-winning architectural, urban design and planning projects. Among his notable projects are the Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center in Philadelphia, the renovation of Lehigh University's historic Linderman Library, the Department of State's National Foreign Affairs Training Center, and the Master Plan for the Centennial District in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.
He serves on the boards of numerous civic and cultural organizations in Philadelphia including the Association for Public Art, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. He is also a co-founder of the Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia, a 1000 member organization that is a model of design advocacy nationwide.
Alan Greenberger is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is on the faculty of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Deputy Commerce Director
Duane H. Bumb
Senior Deputy Director of Commerce
Duane Bumb has over 25 years of professional experience in economic development policy making and implementation. Mr. Bumb serves as the Senior Deputy Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia where he has served in three Administrations of the City beginning in 1995 under Mayor Rendell and continuing in his current position under Mayor Nutter. In his current capacity as Senior Deputy Director of Commerce, Mr. Bumb is responsible for implementation of economic development initiatives for the City including business attraction and retention efforts and coordination of major real estate development projects. Other duties include serving as a board member of the Delaware River City Corporation, Campus Philly and Graduate! Philadelphia.
Mr. Bumb holds has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Toledo and a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University.
Deputy Commerce Director
Karen Fegely has 20 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors to strengthen businesses and communities. In her current role, Ms. Fegely is responsible for the management and strategic direction of two units: Office of Business Services and Office of Neighborhood Economic Development, as well as internal departmental operations. In this role, Ms. Fegely coordinates multi-departmental responses to citywide issues that impact small businesses and oversees program development to deliver funding and support to community organizations through 80+ annual contracts for revitalization activities ranging from corridor management to business technical assistance to streetscape beautification construction projects. Ms. Fegely is a member of the Office of Economic Opportunity Advisory Board, the PIDC Community Capital Advisory Board, and the Promise Zone Executive Committee. In a previous role at Commerce, Ms. Fegely successfully managed the City’s Commercial Corridors Bond program to fund $59 million of neighborhood commercial corridor improvements. Prior positions include the Director of the Urban Industry Initiative, a non-profit program established to preserve manufacturing jobs in Philadelphia neighborhoods. Ms. Fegely holds a B.A. in economics from Fordham University.
Executive Director, Office of Economic Opportunity
In 2010, Angela Dowd-Burton was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to serve as Executive Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity for the City of Philadelphia. In her current role, she is responsible for leveraging regional business services to expand the capacity of minority and women-owned businesses and their ability to successfully compete in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce Ms. Dowd-Burton served in various global roles in finance, procurement, business development, commercial management, and government relations. Ms. Dowd-Burton joined Dow Chemical (Rohm and Haas) in 1990 after serving as Deputy Director of Finance and Procurement Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. Angela holds an MBA in finance and a B.S. degree in accounting from Drexel University. She has also received numerous awards and acknowledgments including: the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration Minority Business Champion of the Year Award, Drexel University Harriet E. Worrell Award, The Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction Award, two Rohm and Haas Vice President’s Awards, and the Philadelphia Bowl.
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Senior Director, Office of Business Services
For the past 20 years, Curtis Gregory has maintained a successful career as a Senior Vice President within the banking industry, Including four Top 25 domestic banks in three distinctly different markets. Mr. Gregory’s background includes small business banking, retail banking, institutional trust, commercial banking, and business banking. Mr. Gregory has lectured across the country about access to capital for entrepreneurs and authored a book titled “What your Banker is Not Telling You”. Active in the community, Mr. Gregory is a graduate of Leadership Philadelphia and a past graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh. Mr. Gregory was named one of “Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest” by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and in 2007 was named one of the top 50 Black MBAs in the country by Diversity MBA Magazine.
Senior Director, Finance & Administration
Linda L. House was hired as the Director of Finance and Administration of the Department of Commerce in early 2012. Prior to joining Commerce, Ms. House worked with the City through PIDC for two and a half years as a Budget Analyst. Prior to PIDC, she worked for over twenty-four years with the nonprofit group the Philadelphia Commercial Development Corporation (PCDC), dedicated to economic development, small businesses, neighborhoods, and special projects in conjunction with the City. Ms. House’s role with PCDC was managing the Finance Department with duties that encompassed financial, human resources, and technological responsibilities. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Accounting from Philadelphia University, formerly Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science; she became CPA in 1992.
Senior Director, Business Attraction & Retention
Sara Merriman has over 15 years of professional experience in economic development policy making and implementation. In her position at the Department of Commerce, she directs all activity supporting business attraction and retention including research, campaign design and implementation, and client relations. Prior to her current role Ms. Merriman managed several operational and productivity initiatives for Commerce, including departmental performance management and the development of the Business Services Center, a web-based information portal for Philadelphia businesses. She is vice-chair of the Philadelphia Historical Commission and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Sports Congress. Prior to joining the City, Ms. Merriman managed waterfront revitalization, education, health and public art initiatives as Project Director for the Schuylkill River Development Corporation.
Senior Director, Real Estate Development
John Mondlak is the Director of Real Estate Development in the City’s Commerce Department. Prior to joining the Commerce Department in late 2011, John spent 11 years in the Philadelphia City Solicitor’s Office, most recently as the Divisional Deputy City Solicitor for Real Estate & Economic Development where he represented the Commerce Department in economic development projects, the Public Property Department in real estate transactions, the Streets Department in City Plan changes and the Records Department in recording issues. Mr. Mondlak periodically lectures law school graduates preparing for the bar examination and has taught as an adjunct professor at Peirce College in the areas of real estate, intellectual property, research and writing. Prior to joining the City, Mr. Mondlak practiced civil litigation in Philadelphia. Mr. Mondlak is also a founding member of the Philadelphia Ukulele Orchestra, where his musical genius is frequently overlooked.
Deputy Chief of Staff - Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Dev.
Sylvie Gallier Howard is the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. Prior to joining the City in 2012, Ms. Gallier Howard was the Principal and Founder of Clementine Consulting, providing guidance to non-profits and social enterprises working in areas such as education, social justice, economic development and immigration. Ms. Gallier Howard has served as the Executive Director of two community-based non-profits in Philadelphia: The Northwest Fund and The Empowerment Group. At the Empowerment Group, Ms. Gallier Howard started Philadelphia’s first bilingual Spanish-English Entrepreneurship Training Program. Ms. Gallier Howard has a B.A. in International relations from Barnard College of Columbia University and an M.A. in Sociology from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (a graduate school started by the United Nations Development Program to promote development in Latin America). Ms. Gallier Howard is fluent in Spanish and French. She is also an instructor in Public Speaking at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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