PHILADELPHIA, PA. –Philadelphia Foundation is pleased to announce that Christina Mesires Fournaris, Dixie James and Jane Scaccetti have been appointed to the organization’s Board of Managers.
- Christina Mesires Fournaris: Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius
- Dixie James: President & Chief Operating Officer, Einstein Healthcare Network
- Jane Scaccetti: CEO, Drucker & Scaccetti
Philadelphia Foundation, the community foundation for Greater Philadelphia, seeks to improve the wellbeing of the region by growing effective philanthropy and engagement. Philadelphia Foundation builds, manages and deploys more than 1,000 charitable funds established by its donors and makes over 1,000 grants and scholarships to support nonprofits, advance community causes and provide opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders.
“As the needs and challenges of our community evolve, so to do the opportunities for Philadelphia Foundation to respond with creative and sustainable solutions,” said Pedro A. Ramos, President and CEO.
In March, Philadelphia Foundation launched the PHL COVID-19 Fund in partnership with the United Way to aid non-profit organizations providing vital services to individuals facing the wide-ranging and urgent consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our Board of Managers is at the heart of powering initiatives such as this,” said Ramos. “The leadership and unique talents of Christina, Jane and Dixie will be integral to the work we do as a community foundation.”
The appointments of Fournaris, James and Scaccetti come at an important time as the Philadelphia Foundation moves into its Second Century of Service to the Greater Philadelphia region. “These professionals bring an amazing set of diversified expertise to our board,” said Anthony J. Conti, Board Chair. “Along with their collective experiences comes a deep passion for service and a commitment to the Greater Philadelphia region.”
The Board of Managers of Philadelphia Foundation represents diverse interests, professions and communities in the Greater Philadelphia region. It oversees the organization and ensures that its mission and values are being fulfilled. Fournaris, James and Scaccetti will each serve three-year terms.
About Philadelphia Foundation
Founded in 1918, Philadelphia Foundation strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. 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 1,000 charitable funds established by its donors and makes over 1,000 grants and scholarship awards each year. To learn more, visit philafound.org.
About Christina Mesires Fournaris
Christina Mesires Fournaris is the leader of Morgan Lewis’s Private Client Group. She regularly advises high-net-worth individuals, multigenerational family groups, entrepreneurs, and owners of privately held businesses. Fournaris’s work for family groups and family offices includes providing counsel on the management of family holdings and various trusts representing members of a family. She facilitates family meetings to assist with developing a mission statement and educating family members on the importance of trusts and the tax and investment considerations for various family trusts. In addition, she regularly advises business owners prior to major liquidity events and structures transfer tax vehicles to shift wealth to the next generation in a tax-efficient manner.
Fournaris dedicates a significant portion of her practice to counseling women who control a family’s wealth, including women business owners. She also has experience in philanthropic and charitable gift planning. She advises clients on charitable planning techniques, including major planned gifts of various assets, charitable trusts, and private foundations. She is a frequent lecturer to a wide variety of audiences, including insurance, financial, and investment professionals and advisors. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer of Trusts and Estates at the University of Pennsylvania.
Fournaris received her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1991 and her A.B., cum laude, in government and music from Smith College in 1988. She is actively involved with Cornell Law School’s alumni community.
About Dixie James
Dixie James, President and Chief Operating Officer at Einstein Healthcare Network Philadelphia is a proven healthcare professional offering over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry with strengths in strategy and business development, physician alignment and engagement, operations management and optimization, business intelligence and analytics, and strategic affiliations/merger & acquisitions.
In her current role, James is the executive leader responsible for strategic growth and day-to-day operations ensuring the advancement of the organization’s goals and mission. Prior to assuming the role of President and COO Dixie held a number of senior leadership roles within the Einstein Healthcare Network, including Vice President of Strategy and Service Line Operations, overseeing service line development and growth, and Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development, leading strategic planning, ambulatory expansion, acquisition/alignment activity, and business intelligence.
Prior to joining the Einstein Healthcare Network, James held planning management roles at large multi-hospital health systems including Christiana Care and Lifebridge Health where she managed various strategic planning initiatives and clinical program development processes.
James serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of Philabundance and also sits on the Board of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Heart Association, serving first on the Multicultural Leadership Committee and now on the Social Impact Taskforce.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Systems Management from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola College.
James maintains active professional memberships with the Society of Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association of Health Services Executives, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
About Jane Scaccetti
A lifelong Philadelphian, Jane Scaccetti is the CEO of Drucker & Scaccetti, a tax consulting firm with offices in Philadelphia and Scranton. She has extensive experience in tax and financial services for the family-owned and entrepreneurially driven business. As part of her practice, Scaccetti consults with public and privately-owned companies and provides both corporate and individual business and financial counseling.
Her civic and community service includes serving as a Trustee of Temple University. Jane also serves as a Trustee of Salus University, where she chairs the Health Services Committee. Jane served as Chair of the Board of Temple University Health System (TUHS) for 5 years from 2008-2013 and served as a member of the Board of Directors chairing the Finance and Investment Committee until 2018. She was also Chair of the Board at Temple University Hospital where she served until 2018. She serves as a Champion of Change of the Thirty Percent Coalition, a group with a goal of women holding 30% of board seats across public companies. She is one of only 80 women members in this national initiative. In 2018, Jane was elected to the board of the Philadelphia Center City District Foundation. In 2019, she was asked to serve on the board of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square. Jane is a member of The Women’s Nonprofit Leadership Initiative (WNLI), a group of more than a dozen Philadelphia area women leaders in the nonprofit sector working on increasing diversity in the nonprofit sector.
Scaccetti has extensive corporate governance experience. She currently serves on the board of Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MYE) and Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN). She will serve as Audit Committee Chair for both in 2020. Also in 2020, she became Chair of the Board of Mathematica, a policy research organization.
Scaccetti has received numerous awards and accolades over the years. Most recently, in 2019, Temple University honored Scaccetti as among the top 100 entrepreneurs and visionaries who helped shape the Fox School of Business. Later in 2019, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation awarded her with its highest honor, the Breath of Life Award. She is the first woman to receive this award.