(Philadelphia, Pa.) - Two highly effective change agents in Philadelphia have joined Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) in key roles that will enhance the institution’s relationships and partnerships in government and the community.
Jasmine E. Sessoms, a Philadelphian who has landed on the Business Journal’s and several other prestigious lists naming the top leaders under age 40, will serve as the College’s new Government Relations Officer, a new cabinet-level position. Herman Nyamunga will be the new director of Power Up Your Business, the College’s neighborhood-based approach to economic development that offers free training to small businesses in the vital commercial corridors.
Sessoms’ years of experience blend public initiatives and political campaigns, with high-impact philanthropic and community endeavors. She was founder and CEO of ‘She Can Win’, a movement that provides training and resources for women who are interested in seeking political office. In addition, she has worked as Managing Executive Director of the Fund for Philadelphia, where she provided leadership in addressing the mayor’s philanthropic priorities; Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement & External Affairs at Cheyney University and Senior Manager of Corporate Giving for the ACE Insurance Group (ACE Charitable Foundation).
Sessoms holds a Master’s in Organizational Development and Leadership from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, with a minor in Marketing from Morgan State University; and a certificate in Fund Development from Villanova University. She owns J&S Strategies, a consulting firm, and is active in the community, including the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.
CCP’s educational mission will play a key role in reducing poverty and promoting healthy communities, she said. “Our collective goal is to position Community College of Philadelphia as the City's College," Sessoms added. “We want to be a good partner and resource for our students and our local, state and federal funders and partners. I am looking forward to working with our legislators on the innovative projects that the College will embark upon as it prepares students for success.”
Before joining the College, Nyamunga was running his own consulting business, which provided financial analysis, marketing strategy and business model development, and planning and supply chain management. He previously served as the director of the Global Enterprise Hub for the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. While there, he helped to obtain grants to fund a micro incubation program for 52nd Street, an immigrant innovation hub, and a Global Startup Accelerator. He also built the entrepreneurship and innovation programs for the Welcoming Center. An entrepreneur himself, Nyamunga has an extensive background working across entrepreneurial ecosystems. He also worked as a business coach for Power Up Your Business, before taking the helm of the program.
“My goal going forward is to work with all our partners in making Power Up Your Business the premier community business innovation and acceleration program aimed at increasing competitiveness and preparing our small businesses for the new century,” he said.
Nyamunga holds an MBA from Eastern University, and a bachelor's degree from Kenyatta University in Kenya.
Before arriving at CCP, Nyamunga participated in various programs funded by the Kaufman Foundation, one of the country's largest foundations focused on entrepreneurship. He serves on the board of the International Business Innovation Association. In 2019, he received a U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs grant to develop Philadelphia Business Opportunity Compass (PBOC), a project aimed at connecting neighborhood minority and immigrant entrepreneurs to the thriving Center City tech entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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