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Harold T. Epps
Director of Commerce
Harold T. Epps
Director of Commerce
Harold T. Epps is the Director of Commerce at the City of Philadelphia and is a business leader with over 30 years of corporate experience in providing high performance products and solutions for complex and compliance driven industries. As Director of Commerce, Harold oversees and implements policies to help both small businesses and major corporations in Philadelphia thrive. Commerce coordinates activities along neighborhood commercial corridors with small businesses and entrepreneurs, major real estate development projects, large-scale business attraction and retention efforts, as well as efforts to increase minority-owned business contracting opportunities.
Most recently, Harold was the Vice-Chairman of the Board of PRWT Services and served as PRWT’s President and CEO from 2007 – 2014. PRWT Services is one of America’s largest minority-owned firms and a $100M provider of high-performance business solutions, facilities management and infrastructure support services. Prior executive roles include Quadrant, Menasha Corporation and Polaroid, where Harold led subsidiaries and divisions with annual revenues up to $175M and 2,000 employees. Throughout his career, Harold built a solid reputation for positioning organizations for sustained growth, successfully managing change and restructuring, improving efficiency, spurring innovation and maintaining a focus and discipline of continuous process and performance improvement.
Epps’ personal commitment to workforce development and business opportunity diversity and inclusion efforts continue to drive his civic and board activities. Harold is currently a member of the North Carolina Central University Board of Trustees, and Co-Chairman of the Comcast National African-American Advisory Council. Formerly, Harold served as the Chairman of the African-American Museum of Philadelphia, and was an executive committee member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and The Urban League of Philadelphia.
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 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.
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Chief of Staff
Sylvie Gallier Howard is the Chief of Staff to the Director of Commerce. 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.
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.
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, Business Attraction & Retention
Sara Merriman has over 15 years of professional experience in economic development policy making and implementation. She directs all activity supporting business attraction and retention for the City of Philadelphia including client relations, incentive services, research, marketing and communications. She leads a team of managers serving firms in life science, tech, manufacturing and professional services, as well as internationally-based firms across all sectors. She is a resource and connector for all businesses seeking to locate or grow in Philadelphia. Prior to her current role Ms. Merriman managed several operational and productivity initiatives for the Department of 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.
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