Ronald A. Bradley, Jr.
Vice President of Gas Operations at PECO, an Exelon Company
Mr. Bradley has served as vice president of Gas Operations for PECO, an Exelon Company, since November 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Bradley served as vice president of Support Services. Originally joining PECO in 1984 as an engineer, Mr. Bradley was quickly promoted to high profile leadership roles in PECO and Exelon Utilities. He has also served as Chief Security Officer at PJM Interconnection LLC.
In 2017, Mr. Bradley was appointed to a three-year term on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee. Active in the American Gas Association, he serves on the executive committee of the Operations Section Managing Committee. He also serves on the Pennsylvania Energy Association Gas board of directors and the Northeast Gas Association board of directors.
Mr. Bradley has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Widener University and a Masters of Management from Penn State University. He has completed several advanced management programs (Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial Statements, Rates and Regulatory Structure) at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mr. Bradley is on the board of directors, executive committee, of The Urban Affairs Coalition, completed Philadelphia’s Leadership Inc., was recognized by BEYA with a lifetime achievement award for support of STEM programs in 2014, was inducted into the Springfield High School Hall of Fame for career achievement and has received the YMCA Black Achiever’s Award. In January 2019, Mr. Bradley received the “MLK Justice and Peace” award from the Wissahickon Faith Community. He is an ordained Deacon at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Spring House, Pa.
H. Patrick Clancy
President and CEO, Philadelphia Works
H. Patrick Clancy possesses more than 20 years of senior level experience developing and managing career and workforce development programs. As president and CEO of Philadelphia Works, the city’s Workforce Development board, he directs all aspects of the organization, providing strategic guidance for investments in solutions and services to grow Philadelphia’s economy.
Previously, Clancy served as special advisor on Employment and Training programs for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, where he oversaw the implementation of an $80 million Welfare to Work program across the Commonwealth and helped to draft the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plan for the U.S. Department of Labor. He also advised the Pennsylvania Secretary of Human Services on all employment and training issues regarding Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients.
Clancy’s experience is rooted at Philadelphia Works, having spent nearly 15 years in various roles, including seven years as vice president of Training Programs with the former Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation (PWDC). After PWDC, Clancy led the strategic planning and development of 16 industry-sector partnerships across Southeastern Pennsylvania, connecting employers, unions and community colleges in order to create cost-effective training programs. Active in the community, he serves as a board member of the Wanamaker Institute of Industries, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Organization, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Workforce Development Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Clancy received his Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and Management from La Salle University. He also received a certificate in Project Management from Pennsylvania State University.
Director of Finance, City of Philadelphia
Rob Dubow was appointed to his current role on Jan. 7, 2008. Previously, he was the executive director of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA), a financial oversight board; chief financial officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 2004 to 2005; and budget director from 2000 to 2004 for the city of Philadelphia, where he had also been a deputy budget director and assistant budget director.
Before working for the city, Mr. Dubow was a senior financial analyst for PICA. He also served as a research associate at the Pennsylvania Economy League and was a reporter for the Associated Press.
Mr. Dubow holds a Master in Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Harold T. Epps, Vice Chair
Senior Advisor, Bellevue Strategies
A business leader with more than 30 years of corporate experience, Mr. Epps oversees and implements policies to help small businesses and large corporations thrive. Under his leadership, the Commerce Department coordinates activities along commercial corridors with small businesses and entrepreneurs, major real estate development projects, and large-scale business attraction and retention efforts, as well as efforts to increase minority-owned business contracting opportunities.
Formerly, he served as vice chairman of the board, and president and CEO of PRWT Services, one of the largest minority-owned firms in America, and held executive roles with Quadrant, Menasha Corporation, Polaroid and Digital Equipment Corporation
His commitment to workforce development and business opportunity diversity and inclusion efforts, both professionally and personally, has shaped his civic and board activities. He is co-chairman of the Comcast National African-American Advisory Council and a board member of the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Board, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Select Greater Philadelphia, Global Philadelphia Association and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB).
Mr. Epps holds a bachelor’s degree in Business/Commerce from North Carolina Central University and an MBA from Western New England University.
Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend, Secretary
President and CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN)
Ms. Fulmore-Townsend is an energetic thought leader focused on driving transformation in poverty and inequity for youth and young adults. She is the president and CEO of Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), an organization that works to prepare young people for academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success. As a leader, Ms. Fulmore-Townsend seeks to inspire passion, commitment and collaboration.
Her previous experience includes different positions at PYN, most recently as vice president of Program Services, where she led a team accountable for program design, implementation, evaluation, compliance and continuous improvement. Prior to her work at PYN, Ms. Fulmore-Townsend served at the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation as the senior director of the Emerging Workforce, fusing data-driven decision making with solid project management to implement and improve adult and youth workforce programs.
An in-demand speaker in the Philadelphia region and throughout the country, Ms. Fulmore-Townsend’s awards include being named a White House Champion of Change in 2016 and recognized in the Philadelphia Business Journal as part of Philadelphia’s Got Talent: 40 Under 40.
Ms. Fulmore-Townsend holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Communications Director, City of Philadelphia
Deana Gamble has served as Communications Director for the City of Philadelphia since 2018. In this role she oversees strategic and crisis communications for Mayor Jim Kenney and more than fifty City offices, departments and agencies. Mrs. Gamble has worked for the City for almost eight years in various positions, including Chief of Staff and Communications Director for the Mayor’s Office of Education. She was integral in launching Mayor Kenney’s priority education initiatives, including PHLpreK, Community Schools, the local Board of Education for the School District of Philadelphia, and the Octavius Catto Scholarship in partnership with Community College of Philadelphia.
Prior to the Kenney Administration, she led marketing and development for the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, and for a nonprofit community development corporation and charter school operator. She and her twin sister were the first in their family to graduate from college. She earned a Master of Science degree from University of Pennsylvania in Nonprofit Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in Strategic Communications. She is a proud mother of one son and passionate about expanding quality education opportunities for all Philadelphians.
Lydia Hernández Vélez, Esq.
Prior to her retirement, Ms. Hernández Vélez served as deputy managing director for Aging for the City of Philadelphia where she was responsible for policy and programs to address the changing needs of seniors and creating ways to simplify how seniors can access services. Most recently, she served as head of the regional chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is dedicated to blood cancer research, education and patient services. Previously, she was senior vice president of Community Relations, Atlantic Region, for Wachovia Bank.
Involved with youth education and leadership for the Latino community, Ms. Hernández Vélez served as a member of Aspira, Inc. of Pennsylvania for nearly 30 years. She continues to support Latino-focused organizations as the community grows in number and diversity.
V. Steve Herzog
Chief Operating Officer, Square One
Mr. Herzog was previously the senior vice president of Strategic Planning at Philadelphia Energy Solutions. Prior to his time at Philadelphia Energy Solutions, he served as director of Strategic Planning and Execution and as refinery general manager at Sunoco. Throughout his career, he has held operations, maintenance and technical positions at refineries, and has assisted with the sale of refineries in different locations around the country.
Committed to assisting students in meeting their educational goals, Mr. Herzog served on the Board of Governors of Philadelphia Academies, a nonprofit organization that helps prepare Philadelphia public school students for careers and postsecondary education, for twelve years. Mr. Herzog also created a training program with high school students, where they learned how to become operators in the process industry.
Mr. Herzog earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. from Villanova University.
Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Sheila Ireland’s hallmark of success is her ability to translate the context of organizational problems to effectively realign people and processes with organizational objectives. Her ability to create tactical, innovative and strategic initiatives results in programs that drive performance improvement and produce bottom line results in intensely competitive and highly regulated markets.
With more than 25 years of management experience, Sheila has been responsible for the successful leadership of human resources training, and organizational and workforce development functions, in the nonprofit, health care, consulting, government and public utility fields.
Ms. Ireland currently serves in the Wolf Administration as the deputy secretary for Workforce Development in the Department of Labor and Industry for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Leveraging a deputate staff of more than 600 employees and an annual budget of $260 million in federal and state funding, the deputate oversees the planning, oversight and direction of Pennsylvania’s public workforce system. Under Sheila’s leadership the deputate has leaned into the challenges of a seismic shift in the labor market by creating new and innovative strategies to upgrade service provision at the PA CareerLinks, traversing the digital divide in workforce development by bringing 32 public computing centers online, and providing increased access to funding opportunities across a number of industries, having released more than $30 million in opportunities so far in Fiscal Year 2021.
Prior to joining the Commonwealth, Sheila served in the Kenney Administration as the executive director of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Workforce Development. Her charge was to implement the City of Philadelphia’s first citywide workforce development strategy, “Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine.” This comprehensive plan leveraged the collaborative efforts of the city’s major education and workforce development entities to fill the human capital needs of employers and to create career pathways for the city’s most vulnerable populations. During her tenure, Sheila created innovative and collaborative approaches that effectively engaged employers, funders and the workforce development community in the fight against poverty and unemployment in Philadelphia.
Sheila began her time in the Kenney Administration as the deputy director of Workforce Development and Inclusion for Rebuild, the City of Philadelphia’s $500 million investment in infrastructure improvements to Philadelphia’s parks, libraries and recreation centers. Sheila’s role was to ensure the Kenney Administration’s promise of workforce diversity in the skilled trades and expanded access to contracting opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses was realized.
Previously Sheila has served as the vice president of Workforce Solutions at University City District (UCD). Sheila was the founding director of West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and led its growth to prominence as a national model for innovation and effectiveness in workforce development programming. She also launched and shepherded the growth of Green City Works (GCW), UCD’s first social venture. GCW expanded the demographic footprint of workforce development in West Philadelphia by bringing a new industry to West Philadelphia, expanding the job opportunities for individuals with higher barriers to employment.
Sheila graduated with honors from Community College of Philadelphia with an A.A.S. in Finance, Temple University with a B.B.A. majoring in Human Resources Management, and LaSalle University with an M.S. in Human Capital Development. She holds an SPHR certification from the Society for Human Resource Management. Sheila’s commitment to giving back and passion for education include roles on multiple nonprofit boards of directors and serving on the boards of trustees for local colleges.
Sharon A. Jean-Baptiste, P.E.
Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Growth and Sales, Jacobs
In her position at Jacobs, Sharon A. Jean-Baptiste is responsible for driving market growth in the northern United States through innovation, delivery excellence and talented employees. She joined Jacobs, a global provider of technical, professional and scientific services, including engineering, architecture, construction, operations and maintenance, through the CH2M acquisition in 2017. Ms. Jean-Baptiste previously served in a number of regional and global leadership roles with CH2M in the areas of project delivery, technology and client relationship management, including the role of chief of staff to the chairman and CEO.
Ms. Jean-Baptiste is an infrastructure program manager and senior consultant with 19 years of experience working with municipal and federal clients in the water and transportation sectors on their most complex environmental, organizational and community challenges. A technical leader and client advocate, she assists organizations with infrastructure planning, delivery and operations services; and partners on key enabling initiatives such as stakeholder engagement, business diversity and inclusion, advocacy and community outreach. She was named as one of Kansas City’s “Rising Stars” by Ingram’s Magazine and received special recognition from the Black Engineer of the Year STEM Awards hosted by Career Communications Group. She previously served on the board of directors for the National Society of Black Engineers, and she currently serves on the board of directors for the Urban Affairs Coalition.
Ms. Jean-Baptiste holds an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University, and graduate degrees in Water Resources Engineering and Business Administration from Tufts University and University of Kansas respectively. She is a registered Professional Engineer and is actively involved in several technical organizations, such as the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
Rosalyn J. McPherson, Vice Chair
President & CEO
The ROZ Group, Inc.
Rosalyn McPherson is President and Founder of The ROZ Group, Inc. Highly regarded as a natural cross-pollinator, builder of strategic relationships, and cross-cultural content enthusiast, she leads her company in providing project management, market research, strategic marketing and communications, custom publishing, and product development to corporations, governmental agencies, and nonprofit institutions. Cultural arts, education, health care disparities, science and history are among her key areas.
Roz has had a long-term career as a senior level executive in the corporate and nonprofit sectors that includes educational publishing, museum administration and marketing. Many of her major projects have revolved around the development of legacy experiences that celebrate the accomplishments of the world’s diverse people. She recently served as President & CEO for the Urban League of Philadelphia. She also served as Senior Vice President for the Science Center at The Franklin Institute. Time Warner, McGraw Hill and Scholastic are among the companies where she served as a publisher and marketer. In 2016, The ROZ Group celebrated its 10th year as a certified minority business in the State of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.
Among the boards that Roz sits on are: National Philanthropic Trust; Community College of Philadelphia; Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA; and First Person Arts.
Managing Director, Golden Seeds
Mindy Posoff is a senior financial services professional with expertise in strategic development, operational due diligence, and institutional sales and marketing. She has more than 20 years of experience with top-tier global financial services organizations.
Ms. Posoff is currently a managing director and member of Golden Seeds, an investment group whose network is dedicated to investing in early stage companies with diverse management teams. She is also the founder of Traversent Capital Partners, LLC, a consulting firm focusing on strategic solutions for investment firms. Ms. Posoff also serves as an independent trustee of the Harris Associates Investment Trust for the Oakmark Family of Funds, a value driven complex of mutual funds.
Prior to Golden Seeds and Traversent, Ms. 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, Ms. Posoff was a vice president at E*Trade, and a director and institutional sales manager of the structured product sales group at Credit Suisse First Boston.
Ms. Posoff is a member of the Board of Managers of The Philadelphia Foundation; a member of the Board of Ben Franklin Technology Partners SEP; a trustee of Salus University; a founding member of the board of directors of 100 Women in Finance, the largest global association for finance and alternative professionals; and a member of Springboard Enterprises’ Council of National Advisors.
Ms. Posoff has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Beloit College.
James R. Roebuck, Jr.
Rep. Roebuck has served in the state House of Representatives from 1985 to 2020. He has been a board member since 1993 and served as vice chairman from 2003 to 2006. His legislative committee service and appointments include first vice chairman of the Democratic Ward Executive Committee, a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and member of the Legislative Office for Research Liaison. He also served as the Democratic chair of the state Education Committee. For 14 years, he taught in the History/Politics department at Drexel University.
Active in the community, Roebuck is on the board of managers for the Alumni Association of Central High School, a member of the board of overseers for University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, a member of the board of trustees of the Garden Court Community Organization and member of the board of directors for the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP.
His honors and awards include a citation from the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education and the Dr. William Ross Jr. Scholarship Fund Service award.
Roebuck earned a B.A. from Virginia Union University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He also completed the University of Virginia—Darden School State Legislative Leaders Foundation's Advanced Management program and the John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.
Michael D Soileau
Soileau brought more than 20 years of cable and telecommunications experience to his previous position as Vice President of Planning and Strategy for communications, data and WiFi products at Comcast. In this role, he was responsible for the planning and design of initiatives for deploying Comcast technology to deliver innovative solutions in Comcast markets. He was also responsible for understanding the company’s competitive market pressures and developing strategic plans to navigate this landscape. Michael managed industry research, developments and needs from new and emerging providers and for future products that are yet to be publicly available.
Previously, Michael served as the Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience at Innovative Communications, a multiservice provider (MSP) of phone, data, video and wireless for the United States Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and St. Maarten. Prior to his assignment in the Virgin Islands, Michael spent 10 years with Comcast, serving in various leadership roles throughout the company’s footprint. Additionally, Michael held several leadership positions at OpTel, a MSP in the multihousing segment.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin. This is his eighth year sitting on the board of the National Adoption Center and he is also on the Steering and Advisory Committee for Philadelphia Fight. He is on the board of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and is a member of Lambda Legal’s National Leadership Council. Michael resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Jeremiah J. White, Jr., Chair
Chief Executive Officer, White and Associates
As chief executive officer of White and Associates, Jeremiah White, Jr. leads the development of consulting strategies, such as business development and fundraising, designed to help midsized business and nonprofit organizations overcome market challenges and pursue growth. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Osiris Group, Inc., a marketing and business strategy firm. Mr. White is co-founder and past president of Intercultural Family Services, Inc., a nonprofit health and service organization for Philadelphia's in-need and ethnically diverse citizens.
Currently, Mr. White is the board vice president of the Glaucoma Service Foundation at Wills Eye Institute and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, board member of bioscience companies Transdermal Specialties, Inc. and FlowMetric, Inc., and member of the Wistar Institute Leadership Council.
Mr. White earned a B.A. in Education and an M.A. in Planning and Administration in Health Services from Antioch College.
Robert S. King (d.)
Rhonda R. Cohen, Esq.