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Director's Office

Leadership

Anne Nadol
Commerce Director
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Keith Brune
Interim Chief Executive Officer

Keith J. Brune, A.A.E., IAP, is the Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation. He was appointed Interim CEO in June 2022 and COO in October 2017. As Interim CEO, Mr. Brune serves as the City’s chief aviation representative in local, state, national, and international affairs. He is responsible for the operation of the Airport System and directing the planning, development, and administration of all activities of the City’s Division of Aviation, including both Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE). He also oversees the management of airport personnel, including over 1,000 direct City employees and additional contracted and consulting staff.

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 #
Anna Breece Director, Policy and Strategic Initiatives
Finance and Administration
(215) 683-2176
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
James King Contracts Audit Supervisor
Finance and Administration
(215) 683-2016
Nagiarry Porcena-Meneus Director, Communications
Finance and Administration
(215) 301-8401
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

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 #
Tempest Carter Director, Strategic Tech Initiatives
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2175
Rebecca L. Grant, DVM Director, Lifesciences & Biotechnology
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2067
Altoro Hall Director of Manufacturing & Advanced Industries
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2021
Sopheap Heng Senior Manager, Creative Economy
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2007
Pierre-Olivier Lugez Director, International Business & Global Strategy
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2043
Raheem Manning Director, Night Time Economy
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2017
Kimberly Seamon Executive Assistant
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2018
Sam Woods Thomas Senior Director, Business Development
Office of Business Development
(215) 683-2107
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Office of Economic Opportunity

Leadership

Lynn 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
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 Clerk III
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2071
Tondaleya Robinson Minority Business Enterprise Specialist II
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2083
Andrea M. Rose Executive Assistant
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2003
Cornelius Simpkins Clerk III
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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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.

 

Name Job title Phone #
Kareema Abu Saab Director, Commercial Corridor Improvements
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2168
Justine Bolkus Senior Director, Business Response Team
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2155
Miaya Darby Senior Manager, Business Financial & Technical Assistance
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 Senior Manager, Commercial Corridor Improvements
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2047
Liam Kelly Fleming Senior Manager, Business Technical Assistance
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2092
Destiny Gadson Senior Manager, Business Financial & Technical Assistance
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2053
Qadeer Gulzari Director, Program Development & Data Management
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2137
Vinh Ho Business Services Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2008
Ana Irizarry Program Assistant
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2032
Tiffany Justice Director, Business Financial & Technical Assistance
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2015
Rojer Kern Director, Business Services
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2156
Sara Lepori Senior Manager, CDC Programs
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2045
Javier Mojica Senior Business Services Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2170
Ibriz Muhammad Business Services Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2139
Denis Murphy Senior Director, Corridor Improvements
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2039
Jennie Nam Business Services Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2090
James Onofrio Senior Manager, CDC Programs
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2038
Michelle Price Director, Business Services
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2042
Robert Somerville CDC Programs Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2000
Nicole Tillman Senior Business Services Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2012
Ting Wang Director of Business Advocacy
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2111
Melissa Williams Business Services Manager
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2111
Salim Wilson Director, Capital Projects
Office of Neighborhood Business Services
(215) 683-2139
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Office of Workforce Development

Leadership

Heloise Jettison
Deputy Commerce Director, Workforce Development

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 to improve the health and economic growth and development of the business community, while advocating for a thriving and equitable workforce. In her current role, Heloise leads a team and portfolio of work for the Commerce Department’s Office of Workforce Development. The office is dedicated to developing, implementing, and driving the coordination of the workforce development ecosystem for Philadelphia, creating jobs and careers that pay a living wage for Philadelphia residents.

Name Job title Phone #
Gianna Grossmann Senior Director, Workforce
Office of Workforce Development
(215) 683-2126
Qianna Nelson Workforce Partnerships Communications and Initiatives Coordinator
Office of Workforce Development
(215) 683-2121
Devon Putnam Employer Engagement Manager
Office of Workforce Development
(215) 683-3557
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