Philadelphia Foundation Announces New Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Respected Communications Executive Brings Over a Decade of Greater Philadelphia Region Nonprofit Experience to Philadelphia Foundation

PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 21, 2019) – The Philadelphia Foundation announced the hiring of Melissa Squarcia Fordyce as its new Executive Director of Marketing and Communications.

With a long commitment to helping shape communication’s platforms for mission-driven organizations, Fordyce joins the Philadelphia Foundation team during its pivotal centennial year. In her new role, Fordyce will serve as the communications strategist for all of Philadelphia Foundation’s strategic communications and marketing efforts across a variety of engagements. She will continue the momentum of Philadelphia Foundation’s second century of positive impact by leading and increasing Philadelphia Foundation’s visibility efforts as a vital philanthropic organization and civic partner in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

“Melissa possesses a rare mix of communications prowess, nonprofit expertise and a passion for enacting positive change in the Greater Philadelphia community, making her a natural fit for our team,” said Pedro A. Ramos, President & CEO of Philadelphia Foundation. “We’re thrilled to welcome Melissa as she helps us accelerate our next century of positive impact.”

Prior to joining Philadelphia Foundation, Fordyce most recently served as the Director of Communications for a local senior living community nonprofit, Presby’s Inspired Life. She held previous positions as a Special Events and Communications Manager for a religious leadership organization, Catholic Leadership Institute, and as an assignment editor at WCAU NBC 10 Philadelphia. She is currently an adjunct Professor at Temple University.

“I’m thrilled to join the Philadelphia Foundation at such a pivotal time in its history,” said Melissa Squarcia Fordyce, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications of Philadelphia Foundation. “The momentum and energy over the last year will propel us even further on our quest to support the health and vitality of our Greater Philadelphia Region.”

Fordyce attended Villanova University and graduated with a major in communications. She continues her local involvement as a board member of the Villanova University Communication Affinity Network (VCAN) and as an active member of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA).

About Philadelphia Foundation:

Founded in 1918, the Philadelphia Foundation strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Foundation grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. A publicly supported foundation, the Philadelphia Foundation manages more than 900 charitable funds established by its donors and makes over 1,000 grants and scholarship awards each year. To learn more, visit