Meet Our Board

Members of our Board of Managers are chosen for their professional expertise and understanding of community issues.

The Board oversees crucial operations with commitment, foresight and integrity. It establishes policy, reviews the investment performance of funds, leads the effort to develop assets and makes final decisions on all grants to ensure that the philanthropic wishes of donors are carried out.

Each member serves a maximum of three three-year terms and is either elected by the Board of Managers, or appointed by the Trustees Committee or leading community institutions.

Officers

Anthony J. Conti
Retired Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Chair

Anthony J. Conti had a distinguished career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) spanning 36 years, including 29 years as a partner. He retired as Managing Partner of the Philadelphia office.

Since his retirement, he has joined four Corporate Boards: Ametek, Inc. (a NYSE global manufacturing company), Progressive Business Publications (a private education and publications business), Biotelemetry (a NASDAQ health care company) and PEI-Genesis (a global distributor and assembler of precision connectors). He serves as Chair of the Audit Committees for Ametek and Biotelemetry.

He also serves on the board of Visit Philadelphia and is the CoChair of the Advisory Board to the Corporate Governance Center of Drexel University.

Conti has had a very active civic career. He served as the Chairman of the 2008 United Way Campaign; as Chairman of the Board of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and as a member of the Executive Committee for both the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. In 2014, Conti was asked by the regional Board of Directors of the United Way to be that organization’s interim President and CEO, serving as a volunteer in that position, from June 2014 through February 2015.

Additionally, for the city of Philadelphia, he has served as a member of the Private Sector Outreach Board, the Mayor’s Task Force on Tax Policy and Economic Competitiveness and the Mayor’s and Pennsylvania Secretary of Education’s Business Leader Task Force on Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission.

He has received numerous awards for community service. He became Chair of The Philadelphia Foundation Board of Managers on July 1, 2016.

Kathleen S. Allison
CEO of the Karma Agency
Vice Chair

Kathleen (Kate) S. Allison founded Alta Communications in 1999, predecessor of The Karma Agency in Philadelphia for which she is now CEO. She previously was the managing director of the Philadelphia office of Golin/Harris. While there, she directed strategies and communication programs for global companies including dominant brands in financial services, health care, higher education, foundations and nonprofits, environment, and consumer products including franchise businesses. Prior to her work at Golin/Harris, she was the Vice President of Public Affairs for Fidelity Bank.

Active in civic and community affairs, Allison is a member of The Forum of Executive Women and a founding member of the Paradigm Award for Business Leadership and Excellence sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is a former director of the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and a former member of its Executive Committee. She was the 2004 recipient of the Ethos Award for Character and Excellence in Communications presented by Villanova University. She also worked as a legislative assistant in the Washington office of U.S. Rep. Al Gore, Jr.

Allison has a B.A. in political science from Villanova University.

William C. Bullitt
Retired Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP,
Treasurer

William C. Bullitt was reappointed to the Foundation's Board of Managers in 2009 by the Trustee Banks. He had previously served on the Foundation’s board from 1992 to 2001.

A retired partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, he previously worked with the Private Client Group, estate planning for families and individuals. He facilitated the transfer and preservation of property for clients at a minimum tax cost consistent with the client's personal and family objectives. He also advised nonprofit organizations, including public and private foundations and operating charities.

Bullitt is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He also represents nonprofit organizations and is on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Farm Foundation. He served on the Board of Managers of The Pennsylvania Hospital for 17 years. He also served on the Board of the Seybert Foundation for 33 years and as its President for 22 years.

He earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A. from Harvard University.

Members

N. Nina Ahmad, Ph.D.
Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement; Co-Founder/Co-Owner JNA Capital Inc.

N. Nina Ahmad joined the Foundation’s Board of Managers in 2011. She has served as a member of the board’s Investment Committee and as Grantmaking Services Committee Chair from 2013 through 2015.

She serves on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and as the President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She also serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) and Women’s Campaign International, which focuses on women’s equality through building skills that help women become effective agents of change.

She is the co-founder/ co-owner of JNA Capital, Inc., which develops urban mixed-use community development projects anchored by academic institutions and also sources debt and equity for commercial projects for its own account and select development projects.

Dr. Ahmad discovered the first direct evidence of collagen type II gene mutation in the Stickler syndrome (joint-eye disease), which expanded the field by providing a starting point for molecular genetic research into the generalized disease of osteoarthritis.

She received her Doctoral degree in 1990 from the chemistry department of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Lawrence J. Beaser, Esq.
Partner, Blank Rome LLP
(Chair Emeritus)

Larry Beaser was appointed to the Board of Managers by the Philadelphia Bar Association, where he serves as Counsel to the Board of Governors and previously served as Chancellor. He served as Chair of The Philadelphia Foundation's Board of Managers from Jan. 1, 2009 through June 30, 2016.

As a partner of Blank Rome LLP, he has extensive experience in the fields of health law, business law, nonprofit and government law.  He previously was chief legal counsel to Pennsylvania Gov. Milton J. Shapp and a Deputy Attorney General.  He earned his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. at the Harvard Law School.  He has served on the House of Delegates of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and on numerous bar association committees.  He has received awards for community service and serves on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations.

Kerry Benson
Chief Information Officer PFM Group

Kerry Benson, Managing Director and Chief Information Officer for the PFM Group, joined The Philadelphia Foundation’s Board of Managers in 2014.

Benson is responsible for overseeing all firm-wide information technology activities and resources. That includes infrastructure management, telecommunications and networking, applications development and support, enterprise services, project management, disaster recovery, outsourcing, facilities and auxiliary operations.

He chairs PFM’s Technology committee, which plays an active role in shaping the firm’s long-term technology strategy.

For more than 25 years, Benson has worked in the Information Technology field. Prior to joining PFM, he spent six years as a Vice President in the Global Technology Services division for State Street Corporation. In that position, he was responsible for managing a full-service IT organization that provided mutual fund accounting and fund administration services for over $250 billion in assets for BlackRock.

Prior to joining State Street, Benson spent six years at Deloitte Consulting, rising to the level of Senior Manager. While at Deloitte, he worked with clients in the Financial Services, Public Sector, Healthcare, and Manufacturing industries, providing systems integration, project and program management, strategy, and business process reengineering consulting services.

Benson has a M.B.A. in Finance from New York University, Stern Business School and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bernard M. Baruch College. He is a recipient of the 2011 Philadelphia Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award.

Steven Scott Bradley
President and CEO of Bradley & Bradley Associates

Steven Scott Bradley is the President/CEO of Bradley & Bradley Associates, Inc. It is a leading provider of commercial property and casualty insurance and risk management services for government, quasi- government, nonprofit organizations and businesses for over 14 years in Philadelphia. Bradley & Bradley Associates, Inc. clients include the City of Philadelphia, charter schools and large nonprofit organizations in the region.

Bradley is the chairman of the board of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Bradley also chairs the First African Baptist Church of Darby Township-Trustee Ministry, serves as advisory member of the Urban Affairs Coalition Strategic Planning Committee, and as a board member of WHYY.

He is an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce CEO Access Network Program, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia Boston Exchange Program, and Mayor Michael Nutter’s 2013 Trade Mission Delegation to the United Kingdom and Israel.

Bradley is an alumnus of Fisk University and the International Studies Program in London, England. He is the recipient of the 2012 Philadelphia Business Journal Minority Leader Business Award. He was recently awarded the Tikun Olam Award by the Congregation Kol Ami for his outstanding civic and business leadership. He has been recognized by the Philadelphia Tribune for 2012, 2013, and 2014 as One of Philadelphia’s Most Influential American Leaders.

Stephen A. Cozen
Founder and Chairman, Cozen O' Connor

Stephen A. Cozen is founder and chairman of Cozen O’Connor, a full-service, Philadelphia-based law firm with over 675 attorneys in 26 offices throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.  He was appointed to The Philadelphia Foundation Board of Managers in 2017 by the presidents of the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and Temple University.

An accomplished litigator and counselor, Cozen is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and Litigation Counsel of America, and a nationally recognized lecturer and author on a wide variety of legal and litigation issues.

Cozen is active in civic and philanthropic leadership.  He serves on the board of The National Museum of American Jewish History, where he is first vice-chair elect, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School Board of Overseers. He spearheaded the development of the Samuel D. Cozen PAL Center and remains actively involved with the organization. He is chairman of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Board of Councilors, Chairman of its Five Year Campaign Initiative, and currently serves on the boards of Franklin Square Holdings, LP, Haverford Trust Company, and ABR Reinsurance Capital Holdings, Ltd.

His community awards include the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) highest honor – The 25th Annual Americanism Award – in 2002, and the 2008 Musser Excellence in Leadership Award from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. In 2011, Cozen was honored by Drexel University as the Business Leader of the Year. Cozen played a major role in the creation of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and in innovative programs at Project H.O.M.E.

Cozen earned his undergraduate degree and law degree, both with honors, from The University of Pennsylvania.

Lon R. Greenberg
Chairman Emeritus, UGI Corp.

Lon R. Greenberg joined the Board of Managers in January 2017. He is Chairman Emeritus of UGI Corporation, a Fortune 500 distributor and marketer of energy products and related services.

Greenberg stepped down as UGI’s Non-Executive Chairman on January 28, 2016. He retired as UGI’s Chief Executive Officer on April 1, 2013 after serving in that role for nearly 18 years. Prior to serving as CEO, Greenberg served in a variety of other roles for UGI.  Greenberg serves on the Board of Directors of Aqua America, Inc., Ameriprise Financial Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corporation. In addition, Greenberg is Chair of the Board of Directors of Temple University Health System, a member of the Board of Directors of the Fox Chase Cancer Center, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Temple University.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. He served as Chairman from 2012 to 2015, and served as Campaign Chair of the 2006 campaign. He is also a member of the Advisory Board to the Corporate Governance Center of Drexel University.

Shirin Karsan, MBE

Shirin Karsan, who serves on the Boards of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, the Global Bioethics Initiative and the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board, joined The Philadelphia Foundation Board in 2017.

From 2006 to 2013, she worked in the AJ Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and was Special Projects manager at Drexel University’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems, where she directed the local and international weServe program. WeServe enabled students to apply their education via innovative solutions for the immediate benefit of underserved communities through service learning.

Karsan holds a Masters in Bioethics degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, and a BS, summa cum laude, from Thomas Jefferson University.

She is a Fulbright scholar. Her research interests include cultural and religious perspectives on the ethics of emerging biotechnologies. She pursued her Fulbright research for a year in Al Ayn, United Arab Emirates, to study Muslim perspectives on the ethics of emerging technologies.

Shirin’s primary research in the UAE and her work at Drexel University have led to several publications as an author of journal articles and book chapters, and she has presented at multiple conferences and institutions around the globe. She recently received the Jefferson College of Health Professions Special Achievement Award.

Shirin is a Nationally Certified Bioethics Trainer through Tuskegee University. She mentors girls at inner city high schools through the “Women of Tomorrow” organization. She is a trained and practicing mediator and is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Conflict Resolution. She is fluent in English and Gujarati, and conversationally capable in Urdu, Hindi and Arabic. She loves to travel and carries an FAA pilot’s license.

Evelyn McNiff
Founder, Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia
Evelyn McNiff, founder and board president of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia, joined the TPF board in 2017. Since she founded the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia, it has awarded more than 22,500 four-year scholarships to under-served children.

McNiff also is a founder and board member of the Philadelphia School Partnership and a board member of Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners. She served on the national board of Children’s Scholarship Fund and as an advisor on the Philadelphia School Innovations Journal.

She holds a B.A. from Yale University. She is married, has three children and lives outside of Philadelphia.
Francis (Frank) Mirabello, Esq.
Partner Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP

Francis (Frank) Mirabello, Esq., a partner in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, joined the Foundation’s Board of Managers in 2012.

Mirabello is manager of Morgan Lewis’s Personal Law Practice, where he focuses on estate planning, closely held business planning (including succession planning, philanthropic planning and shareholder agreements), and federal income, estate and gift taxation. He also regularly handles matters involving charitable trusts, foundations and nonprofit organizations, family law, international tax and real estate planning.

An active writer and lecturer, Mirabello has spoken at numerous programs dealing with estate and trust administration and income, and estate and gift tax planning. These include presenting “Current Developments in Insurance Trusts” at New York University Tax Institute and “U.S. Tax Planning for Foreigners” at the University of Miami Estate Planning Institute.

Mirabello also has taught “Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and “U.S. Taxation of Foreigners” at the Villanova Law School Graduate Tax Program. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, California and Florida.

He has a B.S.E. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He also is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

A resident of Haverford, he is married with two children and enjoys golf, travel and reading.

John Nihill, CPA
Partner, Wipfli LLP

John Nihill joined the Foundation’s Board of Managers in 2011.

Nihill is a Partner in the audit and accounting practice at Wipfli LLP with more than 30 years of experience in public accounting. Nihill’s area of specialty is nonprofit organizations, with a focus on organizations in the arts, culture, and humanities sector; membership organizations; religious, social service, and other charitable organizations; educational institutions; and public and private foundations. In addition to serving clients, he has a firm leadership role as the Northeast region nonprofit practice area leader.

Prior to joining the firm in 1993, Nihill was a senior manager in the audit department of Deloitte. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from St. Joseph’s University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).

Additionally, Nihill is Treasurer and a member of the Board of Trustees of Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey, Inc.; a member of the Accounting Advisory Committee at Widener University and Chair of the Finance Council at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Marlton, NJ.

R. Duane Perry
Food Trust Founder

R. Duane Perry was first elected to the Board of Managers in 2004 and served through 2012 before being reappointed in 2015.

He started The Food Trust, a charitable organization dedicated to ensuring everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food, in 1992. He previously was President of the Pyramid Development Group, and Executive Director of the Reading Terminal Market Merchants' Association and the Philadelphia Center for Health Care Sciences.

Perry is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and Harvard University. As a Kellogg International Leadership Program fellow, Perry has worked with non-governmental organizations in Africa, Latin America, and throughout the U.S.

Mindy M. Posoff
Managing Director, Golden Seeds, LLC Founder, Traversent Capital Partners, LLC Independent Trustee, Harris Associates Investment Trust – Oakmark Family of Funds

Mindy M. Posoff, Managing Director of Golden Seeds LLC , Founder of Traversent Capital Partners LLC, and Independent Trustee, Harris Associates InvestmenTrust Oakmark Family of Funds joined the Foundation’s Board of Managers in 2013. Golden Seeds is an investment firm whose network is dedicated to investing in early stage companies with diverse management teams. Traversent is a consulting firm focusing on strategic solutions for hedge funds and asset management firms. Oakmark is a value driven complex of mutual funds.

Posoff is a senior financial services professional with expertise in strategic development, operational due diligence and institutional sales and marketing. She has over 20 years’ experience with top-tier global financial services organizations.

Prior to Traversent and Golden Seeds, Posoff was one of the three co-founders of NewMarket Capital Partners, LLC, an investment management company focusing on absolute return strategies for the institutional investor. She was the firm’s Chief Operating and Compliance Officer as well as Co-Head of Sales and Marketing.

Previously, Posoff was a Vice President at E*Trade. She was a key leader in business development and was instrumental in expanding the firm’s strategic asset gathering initiatives as well as developing alternative distribution channels for the online broker.

She served on the Board of Directors for E*Trade Asset Management, E*Trade Advisory Services and E*Advisor.com. Prior to E*Trade, Posoff was a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston and an institutional sales manager of the structured product sales group.

Posoff is a Trustee of The HighMark Mutual Funds, a member of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of AboutOne, an online family management company, and a member of the Board of Directors of 100 Women in Hedge Funds.

Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Ben Franklin Technology Partners SEP, a member of Springboard EnterprisesCouncil of National Advisors, the former Chair of the Board and a Member-Director of the Samuel S. Fels Fund. In 2007, she was appointed by Gov. Edward G. Rendell to the Board of Trustees of Salus University.

She has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Beloit College.

Andrew R. Rogoff
Special Counsel, Pepper Hamilton, LLP

Andrew R. Rogoff joined the Board of Managers in January 2017. Rogoff has been a trial lawyer in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP since 1985, with a focus on the defense of pharmaceutical product liability claims and allegations of professional negligence.

Rogoff has tried to verdict several dozen jury and non-jury cases, argued appeals in federal and state courts, and resolved many cases through private mediation and arbitration. He was an assistant district attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office between 1980 and 1985, and then was an associate and a partner in Pepper Hamilton from 1985 through 2012. He now serves the firm as special counsel.

Throughout his career, Rogoff has been devoted to pro bono legal services, human rights and community improvement causes. In his pro bono practice, Rogoff handles immigration matters with HIAS, post-conviction cases with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, and a variety of civil matters with the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. He is also an active member of the Pepper Center for Advanced Public Service.

Rogoff chairs Pepper’s Training Committee and co-chairs its Diversity Committee. In addition, he has chaired the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Outside the firm, he has served on several boards of directors, including those of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (of which he also served as board chair); the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women; and Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne, PA.

Rogoff teaches trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Law – Camden. Previously, he served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he taught appellate advocacy.

He received his BA from Yale University and his JD from the University of Virginia.

Betsy Leebron Tutelman, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Provost, Professor Temple University

Betsy Leebron Tutelman joined the Foundation’s Board of Managers in 2011.

She has served in several leadership roles at Temple University including: Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Students, Senior Faculty Advisor to the Provost, Department Chair of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media and as a member on many university committees. She also served as Co-Chair for the Inauguration of the 9th President of Temple University and as producer of a documentary celebrating the 125th anniversary of Temple.

Among her many academic achievements, she oversaw the growth of the Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media Department from 200 to nearly 800 students while leading the department’s faculty in strategic planning and the expansion of cross-collaborative research. Her strength in strategic thinking enabled her to design the communications and engage the university community in the implementation of Temple’s academic plan.

Her strong networking skills helped her develop and plan events that have raised up to $350,000. She served as the founding co-chair of the Temple University League for Entrepreneurial Women and the Women’s Hall of Fame and was co-creator of programming for the University’s Leadership Academy.

Tutelman is involved in many community service initiatives including Temple’s Institute for Disabilities and Philadelphia Academies Inc. She was a founding member of the Women’s MBA Network and she served on the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala Auction Committee

She is a graduate of the HERS Management Institute of Wellesley College, has a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College, and both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

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