Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13

Office of Economic Opportunity

Supporting minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses.

Office of Economic Opportunity

What we do

The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) ensures that the City is working with diverse businesses to fulfill its needs for goods and services. Each year, the City aims to reach 35 percent participation from minority, women, and disabled-owned enterprises (M/W/DSBEs) on its contracts.

OEO does this through:

  • Registering minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses.
  • Reviewing and monitoring contracts.
  • Creating alliances within the City government and beyond.

Our partners include:

  • City of Philadelphia departments.
  • Quasi-public agencies.
  • Private industries.
  • Nonprofit sector.

See an overview of performance on City contracts through the Economic Opportunity Plan (EOP) Dashboard.


1515 Arch St.
12th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email iola.harper@phila.gov

Join the OEO registry

To apply for or renew certification as a minority, woman, or disabled-owned business, join the online registry.


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