Office of Economic Opportunity

Supporting minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses.

Office of Economic Opportunity

What we do

The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) in the Department of Commerce 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.

Connect

Address
1515 Arch St.
12th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email oeophila@phila.gov

Join the OEO registry

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

Leadership

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.

Staff

Name Job title Phone #
Olufemi Ajimoko Information Management Analyst II
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2037
Marjorie Chance Minority Business Enterprise Specialist II
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2080
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
Nicholas Jann Director of Data & Policy
Office of Economic Opportunity
(215) 683-2081
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
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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