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Director's Office

Leadership

Anne Nadol
Commerce Director
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Atif Saeed
Chief Executive Officer
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Heloise Jettison
Chief of Staff

Heloise Jettison is a native Philadelphian with over 30 years of experience in the field of health and social services, K–12 education management, application of law and strategic policies for vulnerable families, and workforce development systems and coalition building. She works with the Commerce team to improve the health, economic growth, and development of the business community while advocating for a thriving and equitable workforce. In her current role, Heloise oversees the department’s daily operations for a coordinated outward-facing City department.  This office supports the team in alignment with Commerce’s mission, culture, and priorities.

Name Job title Phone #
Dhamana K. Dixon Executive Assistant
Director's Office
(215) 683-2057
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Finance and Administration

Name Job title Phone #
Kristanna Brooks Fiscal Manager
Finance and Administration
(215) 683-2127
Filena Cheeseborough Senior Director, Office Culture and HR
Finance and Administration
(215) 683-2010
Keola Harrington Senior Director of Finance
Finance and Administration
(215) 686-3823
Aaiyda Joynes Financial Administrator
Finance and Administration
James King Contracts Audit Supervisor
Finance and Administration
(215) 683-2016
Maurice Talley Financial Manager, Strategic Initiatives
Finance and Administration
(215) 683-2118
Elif Yamci Accountant
Finance and Administration
(215) 683-2120
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Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions

Leadership

Dawn Summerville
Deputy Commerce Director, Business Development

Dawn Summerville has over 16 years of experience in economic development. She has learned firsthand about creating opportunities while working directly with small businesses in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.  In her current role, Dawn leads a team focused on attracting regional and national companies to Philadelphia. Prior to joining local government, she worked in several capacities within media entertainment, marketing, and the fashion industry. In all roles, she concentrated on business development and client impact.

Pierre-Olivier Lugez
Senior Director, International Business & Global Strategy

Pierre-Olivier Lugez has over 10 years of experience in the private sector advising global companies on their commercial strategies, with a focus on global business attraction, foreign direct investment, and promoting exports. In his current role, Pierre leads initiatives to promote Philadelphia as a world-class business destination and hub and is in charge of the City’s global strategy to grow its international business footprint and connections. Pierre is the lead in crafting the global strategy for Philadelphia while hosting delegations, diplomats, businesses, and investors from abroad, and representing the City of Philadelphia worldwide. This work creates jobs and strengthens the local economy.

Name Job title Phone #
Emma Baylin Director of Workforce Development
Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions
Tempest Carter Director, Strategic Tech Initiatives
Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions
(215) 683-2175
Madeleine Gee Manager, Strategy and Incentives
Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions
Rebecca L. Grant, DVM Director, Lifesciences & Biotechnology
Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions
(215) 683-2067
Gianna Grossmann Senior Director, Workforce
Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions
(215) 683-2126
Altoro Hall Director of Manufacturing & Advanced Industries
Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions
(215) 683-2021
Sophie Heng Director of Creative Economy and Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) Coordinator
Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions
(215) 683-2007
Raheem Manning Director, Night Time Economy
Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions
(215) 683-2017
Halena Martin Employer Engagement Manager
Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions
Qianna Nelson Workforce Partnerships Communications and Initiatives Coordinator
Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions
(215) 683-2121
Devon Putman Employer Engagement Manager
Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions
(215) 683-3557
Kimberly Seamon Executive Assistant
Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions
(215) 683-2018
Sam Woods Thomas Senior Director, Business Development
Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions
(215) 683-2107
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Office of Corridor Improvements and Business Services

Leadership

Denis Murphy
Deputy Commerce Director

Denis Murphy leads the Office of Corridor Improvements and Business Services which provides direct one-on-one assistance to Philadelphia businesses and delivers programs to create inviting neighborhood commercial corridors. Denis began his tenure with the City doing business outreach and subsequently has been involved in developing and managing programs and implementing capital improvement projects.  Prior joining the City, Denis completed a Masters in Public Policy at the Princeton School for Public and International Affairs and worked developing affordable homeownership opportunities.

Michelle Price
Senior Director, Business Services

Michelle Price is the Senior Director of the Department of Commerce, Office of Business Services which provides direct one-on-one assistance to Philadelphia businesses. She has been with the Department of Commerce since 2015, first beginning her career in the public sector as an Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). After a few years of working with OEO, she then advanced to become a Business Services Manager with the Office of Business Services. Before coming to the public sector, she dedicated over 22 years to the corporate sector always working hand in hand with businesses in finance, credit, and collections.

Name Job title Phone #
Kareema Abu Saab Director, Commercial Corridor Improvements
Office of Corridor Improvements and Business Services
(215) 683-2168
Maxine Ferguson Senior Program Manager, Commercial Corridor Improvements
Office of Corridor Improvements and Business Services
(215) 683-2047
Vinh Ho Business Services Manager
Office of Corridor Improvements and Business Services
(215) 683-2008
Ana Irizarry Program Assistant
Office of Corridor Improvements and Business Services
(215) 683-2032
Rojer Kern Director, Business Services
Office of Corridor Improvements and Business Services
(215) 683-2156
Javier Mojica Senior Business Services Manager
Office of Corridor Improvements and Business Services
(215) 683-2170
Ibriz Muhammad Business Services Manager
Office of Corridor Improvements and Business Services
(215) 683-2139
Jennie Nam Business Services Manager
Office of Corridor Improvements and Business Services
(215) 683-2090
Nicole Tillman Senior Business Services Manager
Office of Corridor Improvements and Business Services
(215) 683-2012
Melissa Williams Business Services Manager
Office of Corridor Improvements and Business Services
(215) 683-2111
Salim Wilson Senior Director, Commercial Corridor Improvements
Office of Corridor Improvements and Business Services
(215) 683-2139
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Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives

Leadership

Karen Fegely
Deputy Commerce Director, Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives

Karen Fegely is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives.  Having served in Commerce with a focus on neighborhood economic development and wealth building programs, she is leading this new unit to improve the ease of doing business, by engaging the business community and elected officials to put forth policy, legislation, and communications that supports inclusive growth. Karen has over 20 years experience working in the public and private sectors to strengthen businesses and communities. Prior to joining the City, Karen’s roles included retaining and growing affordable housing in the Bronx, Black family farms in rural Arkansas, and manufacturing in Philadelphia.

Name Job title Phone #
Justine Bolkus Senior Director, Business Response Team
Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives
(215) 683-2155
Anna Breece Director, Policy and Strategic Initiatives
Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives
(215) 683-2176
Qadeer Gulzari Senior Director, Data and Analytics
Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives
(215) 683-2137
Nagiarry Porcena-Meneus Director, Communications
Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives
(215) 301-8401
Ting Wang Director of Business Advocacy
Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives
(215) 683-2111
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Office of Neighborhood Economic Development

Leadership

Yvonne Boye
Deputy Commerce Director

Yvonne Boye manages programs that revitalize commercial corridors, support neighborhood-based businesses, and create neighborhood jobs. Yvonne has been with Commerce for over 20 years, previously overseeing economic development projects and administering grants and contracts. Prior to joining the City, she worked with the Ministry of Finance in Ghana and social service institutions.

 

Name Job title Phone #
Miaya Darby Senior Manager, Business Financial & Technical Assistance
Office of Neighborhood Economic Development
(215) 683-2123
Terrine Datts Director of CDC Programs and Resources
Office of Neighborhood Economic Development
(215) 683-2167
Liam Kelly Fleming Senior Manager, Business Technical Assistance
Office of Neighborhood Economic Development
(215) 683-2092
Destiny Gadson Senior Manager, Business Financial & Technical Assistance
Office of Neighborhood Economic Development
(215) 683-2053
Samuel Hall CDC Programs Manager
Office of Neighborhood Economic Development
(215) 683-2044
Tiffany Justice Director, Business Financial & Technical Assistance
Office of Neighborhood Economic Development
(215) 683-2015
Sara Lepori Senior Manager, CDC Programs
Office of Neighborhood Economic Development
(215) 683-2045
James Onofrio Senior Manager, CDC Programs
Office of Neighborhood Economic Development
(215) 683-2038
Robert Somerville CDC Programs Manager
Office of Neighborhood Economic Development
(215) 683-2000
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Office of Economic Opportunity

Leadership

Lynn T. Newsome
Deputy Commerce Director

Lynn Newsome became Deputy Commerce Director for the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) in April 2022. In her role, Newsome ensures that the City works with diverse businesses to fulfill its needs for goods and services. OEO aims to reach 35 percent participation from minority-, women-, and disabled-owned enterprises (M/W/DSBEs) on its contracts. Newsome joined the City in 2009, serving as Director of Compliance at the Division of Housing and Community Development (DHDC). In addition to her 13 years in city government, Newsome worked for 10 years in state government in the Department of Labor and Industry, the Governor’s Office of Administration, Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission, Department of Public Welfare, and the Department of Health.

Name Job title Phone #
Deborah Booker Administrative Technical Trainee
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2079
Mario Crestani Minority Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Specialist II
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2068
Alice G. Dungee-James, MCA Senior Director for Supplier Diversity
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2052
Ariana Forde Executive Assistant
Office of Economic Opportunity
Margaret Gotora Informational Management Analyst II
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2037
A. Michelle Gumbs Senior Director for Capacity Building
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2152
Harsh Mehta Administrative Technical Trainee
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2080
Ekpenyong Oji Minority/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Coordinator
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2078
Jennifer Ricciardi-Wise Administrative Technician
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2071
Tondaleya Robinson Minority Business Enterprise Specialist II
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2083
Cornelius Simpkins Registry Manager
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2077
Danielle Snead Minority/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Coordinator
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2082
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