Leading for Change Fellowship

Leading for Change

Leading for Change Fellowship Alumni

Cohort 1 - Inaugural Cohort (2014-2015)

  • Anthony Agati, Chief of Staff, Law Department
  • Erica Atwood, Specialist for External Affairs, Mayor’s Office of Legislative Affairs
  • Elka Battle, Deputy City Representative, Office of the City Representative
  • Luke Butler, Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
  • Maryum Darby-Madison, Special Assistant, OST and Youth Development
  • Ralph DiPietro, Executive Director of Operations, Department of Licenses and Inspections
  • Kate Dreher, Deputy Director, Office of Property Assessment
  • Dave Edwards, CFO, Free Library and Foundation, Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Katherine Gajewski, Director of Sustainability, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
  • Mary Horstmann, Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity
  • Charles Horton, Executive Director, Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities
  • Maia Jachimowicz, Policy Director, Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination
  • Alain Joinville, Public Affairs Coordinator, Parks and Recreation
  • Travis Larrier, Deputy Education Officer, Mayor’s Office of Education
  • Patrick Morgan, Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Mayor Environmental & Community Resources
  • Samantha Phillips, Director, Office of Emergency Management
  • Christine Piven, Deputy Chief Grants Officer, Mayor’s Office of Grants
  • Cintya Ramos, Assistant Finance Director, Office of Budget & Program Evaluation
  • Mike Resnick, Director, Office of Public Safety
  • Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs
  • Jim Sanders, Assistant Managing Director, Managing Director’s Office, PhillyRising
  • Eleanor Sharpe, Director of Legislative Affairs, Philadelphia Planning Commission
  • Amanda Shoffel, Deputy City Solicitor, Civil Rights Unit
  • Stephanie Tipton, Deputy Chief Integrity Officer, Office of the Mayor
  • Marisa Waxman, Deputy Commissioner - Tax Policy & Research, Department of Revenue


Cohort 2 - City, State, and Nonprofits (2016)

  • Mark Atwood, Director of Development, Ready, Willing & Able
  • Kara Callahan, Director of Marketing And Business Development, The Franklin Institute
  • Kim Carter, Senior Director, The Enterprise Center
  • Manny Citron, Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Philadelphia
  • Jennifer Crandall, Deputy Press Secretary, City of Philadelphia
  • Kerri Gallen-Decker, Director, Quality Improvement, Inglis
  • Juan De Angulo, Director of Data & Evaluation, Congreso
  • Jaye Divine, Deputy Administrator, City of Philadelphia
  • Alyson Ferguson, Director of Grantmaking, Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation
  • Thomas Ginsberg, Project Manager, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Martin Gregorski, Division Director of Development Planning, City of Philadelphia
  • William Gural, Streets Engineering Manager, City of Philadelphia
  • Chelsea Guzowski, Director, Economic Strategic Initiatives, State of Pennsylvania
  • Dana Hanchin, Deputy Director, Philadelphia Lisc
  • Ann Marie, Healy, Executive Director, First Hospital Foundation
  • Morris Hobson, Specialist, Communications And Black Male Engagement, City of Philadelphia
  • Stephanie Jerome, Search Consultant, Principals, School District
  • Ji Jun, Assistant City Solicitor, City of Philadelphia
  • Jennifer,Leith, Executive Director, The Alfred & Mary Douty Foundation
  • Annie Madonia, SVP, Resource Development, United Way of Greater Philadelphia
  • Nani Manion, Assistant Chief of Staff, Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Drew Menten, Contract Management Analyst, City of Philadelphia
  • Robin Morris, Director of National Programs, National Constitution Center
  • Meka Perez, Nutrition Coordinator, City of Philadelphia
  • Nicole Pumphrey, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Welcoming Center for the New Pennsylvanians
  • Wayne Rucker, Construction Crew Leader, Akbar Inc.
  • Patrick Sherlock, Director, University Relations/Student Engagement, Campus Philly
  • Takahide Tanaka, Director, Intercultural Family Services, Inc.
  • Marquis Upshur, VP, HR, Philabunance
  • Adrianne Waxman, Executive Assistant/Audience Engagement Manager, Fleisher Art Memorial
  • Laura Weinbaum, VP, Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, Project Home


Alumni News

Leading for Change alumni use what they learn during the program to make an impact in both their current and future roles. Below is a sample of the moves of past program participants.

  • Erica Atwood is now CEO of 1st Degree, LLC, which provides mission marketing solutions for nonprofits, associations and corporations.
  • Ralph DiPietro is now Deputy Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia.
  • William Gural, Chief Construction Engineer with the Philadelphia Streets Department, was key in reconstructing and reopening the 41st Street Bridge to traffic on November 2016.
  • Travis Larrier is now Director of Growth & Expansion for New Classrooms, an organization that designs innovative personalized instructional models for schools.
  • Samantha Phillips is now Director of Emergency Management for the City of Philadelphia.
  • Nicole Pumphrey, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, hosted a successful national conference with over 300 participants from 76 cities, in Philadelphia where best practices in immigrant integration were shared and partnerships were developed between multiple City departments and more than 20 neighborhood-based community organizations.
  • Cintya Ramos is now Director of the Office of Budget and Performance Improvement for the City of Miami in Florida.
  • Wayne Rucker is now Chairman of Neighborhood & Economic Development, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2016.
  • Eleanor Sharpe is now Deputy Executive Director of Legislative Affairs at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.
  • Patrick Sherlock, Vice President of University Relations and Student Engagement at Campus Philly, joined the Mayor’s Millennial Advisor Committee.
  • Marisa Waxman is now First Deputy Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia.