Staff directory

Director's Office

Leadership

Sylvie Gallier Howard
Acting 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 Phone #
Kevin Lessard Director of Communications
Director's Office
(215) 683-2067
Libby Peters Director of Policy & Performance
Director's Office
(215) 683-2175
Andrea M. Rose Executive Assistant
Director's Office
(215) 683-2003
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Finance and Administration

Leadership

Duane Bumb
Senior Deputy Commerce Director

Duane Bumb has served the City of Philadelphia for more than 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. His portfolio of work also includes oversight of Admin, HR, Finance and Communications, and overall Commerce functions. Duane has more than 30 years of professional experience in economic development policy-making, and implementation.

Name Job title Phone #
Filena Cheeseborough Senior Director, Office Culture and HR
Finance and Administration
(215) 683-2010
Debbie Edney Executive Assistant
Finance and Administration
(215) 683-2014
James King Contracts Audit Supervisor
Finance and Administration
(215) 683-2016
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Office of Business Development

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.

Name Job title Phone #
Samuel Chueh Director of International Business and Global Strategy
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2014
Altoro Hall Director of Manufacturing & Advanced Industries
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2021
Sopheap Heng Manager for Business Development, Creative Economy
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2007
Pierre-Olivier Lugez Director, International Business & Global Strategy
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2043
Kimberly Seamon Executive Assistant
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2018
Sam Woods Thomas Director of Life Sciences & Biotechnology
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2107
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Office of Economic Opportunity

Leadership

Iola Harper
Deputy Commerce Director, Entrepreneurship and 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.

Aiisha Herring-Miller
Senior Director
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Name Job title Phone #
Olufemi Ajimoko Information Management Analyst II
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2037
Mario Crestani Minority Business Enterprise Specialist II
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2068
Dhamana Dixon Executive Assistant
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2057
Alice Dungee Assistant Director of OEO Administration
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2052
Vincent Gumbs, Jr. Economic Opportunity Plans Manager
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2124
Ekpenyong Oji Minority Business Enterprise Coordinator
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2078
Jennifer Ricciardi-Wise Clerk III
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2071
Tondaleya Robinson Minority Business Enterprise Specialist II
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2083
Cornelius Simpkins Clerk III
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2077
Danielle Snead Minority Business Enterprise Coordinator
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2082
Eric Watkins, Sr. Economic Opportunity Plans Manager
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2035
Joseph Weney Minority Business Enterprise Specialist II
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2079
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Office of Neighborhood Business Services

Leadership

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.

 

NazAarah Sabree
Senior Director, Office of Business Services

NazAarah Sabree has over ten years of experience in the Office of Business Services at the Department of Commerce, starting as a Business Services Manager in 2009. Since then, she has assisted hundreds of businesses navigate City services and regulations. In her current role, she leads a team of business services managers—deployed in districts across the city—to support small businesses and foster economic growth in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. Prior to her work with the City, she served as manager of the business information center for the Philadelphia Commercial Development Corporation.

Name Job title Phone #
Kareema Abusaab Commercial Corridor Improvements Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2168
Hasna Achik Business Services Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2090
Justine Bolkus Director, Special Projects
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2155
Miaya Darby Business Financial & Technical Assistance Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2123
Terrine Datts Director of CDC Programs and Resources
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2167
Maxine Ferguson Commercial Corridor Improvements Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2047
Liam Kelly Fleming Business Financial & Technical Assistance Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2092
Destiny Gadson Economic Development Zones Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2053
Qadeer Gulzari Director of Business Financial and Technical Assistance
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2137
Ana Irizarry Program Assistant
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2032
Tiffany Justice Business Financial & Technical Assistance Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2015
Rojer Kern Business Services Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2156
Sara Lepori Economic Development Zones Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2045
Javier Mojica Business Services Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2170
Denis Murphy Director of Commercial Corridor Development
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2039
James Onofrio CDC Program and Resources Senior Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2038
Michelle Price-Randall Business Service Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2042
Ahada Stanford Director
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2171
Joshua Statton-Rayner Commercial Corridor Improvements Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2017
Nicole Tillman Program Assistant
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2012
Ting Wang Business Services Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2111
Salim Wilson Business Service Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2139
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Office of Workforce Development

Leadership

Heloise Jettison
Senior Director

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 Phone #
Zakiyyah Ali Director of Workforce Programs
Office of Workforce Development
(215) 683-3571
Giana Grossman Director of Talent Development
Office of Workforce Development
(215) 683-2126
Qianna Nelson Workforce Partnerships Program Assistant
Office of Workforce Development
(215) 683-2121
Catherine Wolfgang Director of Policy and Strategy
Office of Workforce Development
(215) 206-3406
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