Staff directory

Director's Office

Harold T. Epps
Director of Commerce
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Sylvie Gallier Howard
First Deputy Commerce Director
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Rochelle Cameron
Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia International Airport

Rochelle “Chellie” Cameron became chief executive officer in January 2016. As CEO, Chellie serves as the City’s chief aviation representative in local, state, national, and international affairs. She is responsible for directing the planning, development, and administration of all activities of the City’s division of aviation, including both Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport.

Name Job Title Email Phone # Social
Lauren Cox Director of Communications(215) 683-2067
Taylor Farnsworth Marketing & Digital Communications Manager(215) 683-2044
Libby Peters Director of Policy & Performance(215) 683-2175
Andrea M. Rose Executive Assistant(215) 683-2003

Finance and Administration

Edward Garcia
Deputy Commerce Director, Finance & Administration

Edward Garcia manages the fiscal, human resource, and administrative functions of the department. Prior to joining Commerce, Edward served the City in the Managing Director’s Office and Procurement Department.  While in the Managing Director’s Office, he launched the Project Management Office and lead implementation of the CRM for Philly311. Edward has over a decade of experience working with social services agencies in Philadelphia and New York.

 

Name Job Title Email Phone # Social
Filena Cheeseborough Director of Administrative Services(215) 683-2010
Debbie Edney Executive Assistant(215) 683-2014
James King Contracts Audit Supervisor(215) 683-2016
Kimberly Seamon Executive Assistant(215) 683-2018
Raisa Sirotkin Director of Financial Services(215) 683-2166

Office of Business Development

Duane Bumb
Senior Deputy Commerce Director, Office of Business Development

Duane Bumb has served the City of Philadelphia for over 20 years. In his current capacity, Duane is responsible for the implementation of economic development initiatives for the City including business attraction and retention efforts, international trade, and major real estate development projects. Duane has more than 30 years of professional experience in economic development policy-making, and implementation.

Dawn Summerville
Senior 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.

Lauren Swartz
Senior Director, International Business

Lauren Swartz leads the strategy for Philadelphia’s international business development efforts, hosting delegations from abroad, and growing Philadelphia’s exports. Previously she served as the deputy director at the nonprofit trade association, Food Export USA – Northeast, working with promote exports in over 40 countries around the world. Additionally, Lauren has experience running her own consulting firm, specializing in international project management and food marketing. She also worked in Copenhagen, Denmark at an international university where she facilitated programs for students of European politics, business, and economics.

Name Job Title Email Phone # Social
Carol Brooks Business Development Manager(215) 683-2127
Samuel Chueh Director of International Business(215) 683-2014
Francisco Garcia Director of Business Development: Innovation & Technology(215) 683-2106
Altoro Hall Director of Manufacturing & Advanced Industries(215) 683-2021
Sopheap Heng Program Assistant(215) 683-2007
Pierre-Olivier Lugez International Business Manager(215) 683-2043
Sam Woods Thomas Business Development Manager(215) 683-2107

Office of Economic Opportunity

Iola Harper
Deputy Commerce Director, Office of Economic Opportunity

Iola Harper joined the City in 2016, and in her role she oversees the Office of Economic Opportunity. The office works to increase involvement of minority, women, and disabled-owned enterprises on City contracts. Previously, Iola served as the executive vice president of The Enterprise Center. She has been recognized as a national small business advocate by the Small Business Administration and as one of “Philadelphia’s Most Influential Women” by the NAACP.

Towanda Livingston
Senior Director, Office of Economic Opportunity

Towanda R. Livingston joined Commerce in 2018 after spending more than 25 years as a successful and award-winning diversity and inclusion executive in the utility industry. She played an integral role in shaping and leading efforts addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion within organizations, operations, and diverse communities. Towanda also advocated for sustainable solutions to address issues of fair and equal access to competitive contracting and employment for diverse communities.

Name Job Title Email Phone # Social
Olufemi Ajimoko Information Management Analyst II(215) 683-2037
Marjorie Chance Administrative Technical Trainee(215) 683-2080
Mario Crestani Minority Business Enterprise Specialist II(215) 683-2086
Dhamana Dixon Executive Assistant(215) 683-2057
Alice Dungee Assistant Director of OEO Administration(215) 683-2052
Yvonne Farrell Senior Director of Economic Opportunity(215) 683-2161
Vincent Gumbs, Jr. Economic Opportunity Plans Manager(215) 683-2124
Nicholas Jann Director of Data & Policy(215) 683-2081
Ekpenyong Oji Minority Business Enterprise Coordinator(215) 683-2078
Jennifer Ricciardi-Wise Clerk III(215) 683-2071
Tondaleya Robinson Minority Business Enterprise Specialist I(215) 683-2083
Danielle Snead Minority Business Enterprise Coordinator(215) 683-2082
Eric Watkins, Sr. Economic Opportunity Plans Manager(215) 683-2035
Joseph Weney Minority Business Enterprise Specialist II(215) 683-2079

Office of Neighborhood Business Services

Karen Fegely
Deputy Commerce Director, Office of Neighborhood Business Services

Karen Fegely is responsible for the management and strategic direction of both the Office of Business Services and Office of Neighborhood Economic Development. Combined, these units create an environment to attract, retain, and grow neighborhood businesses. Karen has 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors to strengthen businesses and communities. Prior to joining the City, Karen was the director of the Urban Industry Initiative. There she worked with local manufacturers to create Pennsylvania’s first industrial Business Improvement District.

Yvonne Boye
Senior Director, Office of Neighborhood Economic Development

Yvonne Boye manage 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 Email Phone # Social
Bob Collazo Senior Manager of Business Services(215) 683-2108
Miaya Darby Business Financial Resources Manager(215) 683-2123
Terrine Datts Director of CDC Programs(215) 683-2167
Wendolyne David Bilingual Business Service Manager(215) 683-2170
Prince Ebo Neighborhood Strategies Manager(215) 683-2137
Maxine Ferguson Business Security Camera Program Manager(215) 683-2047
Aiisha Herring Miller Director of Economic Development Zones(215) 683-2152
Ana Irizarry Program Assistant(215) 683-2032
Tiffany Justice Corridor Cleaning Program Manager(215) 683-2015
Rojer Kern Senior Manager of Business Services(215) 683-2156
Sandi King Senior Manager of Business Services(215) 683-2008
Giana Lawrence Storefront Improvement Program Manager(215) 683-2017
Sara Lepori Economic Development Zones Manager(215) 683-2045
Denis Murphy Director of Commercial Corridor Development(215) 683-2039
James Onofrio Corridor Management Program Manager(215) 683-2038
Michelle Price-Randall Business Service Manager(215) 683-2042
NazAarah Sabree Director of Field Operations(215) 683-2033
Jonathan Snyder Director of Business Financial Resources(215) 683-2153
Ahada Stanford Director of Neighborhood Strategies & CDC Programs(215) 683-2171
Nicole Tillman Program Assistant (215) 683-2012
Ting Wang Bilingual Business Service Manager(215) 683-2111
Salim Wilson Business Service Manager(215) 683-2139

Office of Workforce Development

Sheila Ireland
Executive Director, Office of Workforce Development

Sheila Ireland joined the Office of Workforce Development in March of 2018 after serving the City as deputy director for diversity & inclusion for Rebuild. For more than 25 years, Sheila Ireland has been responsible for the successful leadership of human resources, training, and workforce development functions in the nonprofit, healthcare, consulting, government, and manufacturing fields.  Sheila was previously the vice president of workforce solutions at University City District and the founding director of West Philadelphia Skills Initiative.

Heloise Jettison
Senior Director, Employer Engagement

Heloise Jettison works within the Office of Workforce Development,  coordinating among public and private partners, academic institutions, employers, and workforce training agencies to provide a tangible pipeline to employment. A native Philadelphian, with over 25 years of experience in the field of  health and social services, K-12 education management, and administration policies in alternative education options for students, Heloise transitioned into the field of workforce development in 2013 at Philadelphia Works, Inc., as the manager of EARN programs and the PA CareerLink Integrated Centers system.

Name Job Title Email Phone # Social
Zakiyyah Ali Director of Workforce Programs(215) 683-3571
Phil Brooks Director of STEM Initiatives(215) 683-2118
Alyssa Thomas Director of Talent Development(215) 683-2126
Jonathan Todd Director of Talent Development(215) 683-2169
Barry Wilkins Director of Industry Partnerships(215) 683-2142
Catherine Wolfgang Director of Policy and Strategy(215) 206-3406

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