OUR STAFF

Meet our Team

The Philadelphia Foundation leadership team is powered by a mix of business leaders, community activists and initiators of positive change. Our diverse team brings together a wide range of expertise, working toward a single mission of improving life in the Philadelphia region.

Connectors, Activators and Accelerators of change
Key Contacts
President and CEO

Pedro A. Ramos is president and CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation, one of the first community foundations in the nation. Pedro has spent his career guiding organizations through critical inflection points and redefining how those organizations support and communicate with the communities they serve.

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Chief Financial Officer

Orlando C. Esposito joined the Philadelphia Foundation as Chief Financial Officer in April 2019.
Prior to joining the Philadelphia Foundation, he served as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Head of PNC’s asset management group and previously as EVP of its corporate banking group.

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Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Chief Advancement Officer

Lois Gabin-Legato joined The Philadelphia Foundation as Vice President of Institutional Advancement in October 2016. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Associate Vice President at the Office of Institutional Advancement of Drexel University, where she led advancement efforts for the College of Computing & Informatics and the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

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Director of Grantmaking

Contact Phil for information about our grants and programs: pfitzgerald@philafound.org

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Executive Director of Second Century Initiatives & Corporate Partnerships

Diane Melley is Executive Director of Second Century Initiatives & Corporate Partnerships for The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF). Melley leads planning, execution, and partnership-building, in support of a year-long series of initiatives launching TPF’s second century of civic and philanthropic leadership in the community. Melley also leads the building of new strategic relationships with the corporate sector.

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Executive Director, Marketing and Communications

Melissa Fordyce serves as Executive Director, Marketing and Communications for the Philadelphia Foundation. In this capacity she works to create, oversee and implement short-and long-term brand and marketing strategies and disciplines that elevate public understanding of the Philadelphia Foundation’s work as the region’s oldest and largest community foundation. Having dedicated more than a decade of […]

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Communications Director

Betsy Anderson serves as has served as Director of Communications for the Philadelphia Foundation since 2009. In this capacity, she coordinates communications about the organization regionally and nationally to create and build a positive reputation for its mission of growing long-term philanthropic dollars to benefit Greater Philadelphia. Betsy previously served as Assistant Director of Communications […]

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Our Team
Carol Dash
Carol Dash
Gifts & Benefits Administrator
Christian Browning
Christian Browning
Analytics and Special Projects Associate
Christopher Byers
Christopher Byers
Development Officer, Gifts and Operations
Courtney Stewart
Courtney Stewart
Gift Officer, Scholarships and Development
Doug Nannene
Doug Nannene
Director of Development and Planned Giving
Edurne Irizarry
Edurne Irizarry
Program Officer
Erik Lambertsen
Erik Lambertsen
Grants Administrator
Jessica Howell
Jessica Howell
Controller
Laura Skurla
Laura Skurla
Senior Accountant
Maggi Kirk
Maggi Kirk
Development and Donor Services Officer
Marsha Budd
Marsha Budd
Donor Services Officer
Chief of Staff
Santo Montecalvo
Santo Montecalvo
IT Director
Sheressa Gordon
Sheressa Gordon
Program Associate