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Coded By Kids

12/5/2017 |

Hazami Sayed

12/5/2017 |

Hazami began Al-Bustan with the launch of a language and cultural day camp in July 2002, which grew out of a desire to develop a creative and supportive environment where her young boys could learn the Arabic language and be immersed in the richness of Arab arts and culture while navigating their place in American society. Hazami has worked in the fields of architecture and urban development in Philadelphia and New York City. She is also a photographer and has exhibited her work in Philadelphia. Hazami is a recipient of the Leeway Foundation’s 2012 Transformation Award.

Suzan Neiger Gould

12/5/2017 |

Suzan is Executive Director of Manna on Main Street. At Manna, she particularly loves the connections she makes with clients and truly values her work with volunteers and staff to serve the community.  In fall of 2016, Manna moved to North Penn Commons, an innovative partnership between Manna on Main Street, the Lansdale Y, The PEAK Center and Advanced Living Communities, offering collaborative programs and easy access to services for residents of all ages and income levels.

Philadelphia FIGHT

12/5/2017 |

Diane Inverso

12/5/2017 |

Diane was appointed as Executive Director of the Office of Adult Education (OAE) by Mayor Jim Kenney and has rejoined the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board for Philadelphia Works, Inc. With over 27 years of experience working for OAE, she is an adult education expert on matters related to workforce literacy, family literacy, TANF literacy services and professional development.   Throughout her career, Diane coordinated more than 50 conferences for adult education and workforce development professionals. Previously, Diane served as a member of the Adult Basic and Literacy Education Administrator’s Association, the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Coalition, and as past-president of PAACE.

Sharif El-Mekki

12/5/2017 |

Sharif is the Principal at Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker Campus, which has been recognized by President Obama for collaborating with the community to successfully turnaround a persistently failing school.  Sharif served as one of U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan’s Principal Ambassadors. He serves on the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males and was a member of US delegations to the International Summit on Teaching and Learning and the Conference on Integrating Refugees and Immigrants into Schools.  Sharif launched The Fellowship, which supports Black male educators in the region.   He serves on several boards, including Outward Bound and Beyond the Bars Music.

Christine Stutman

12/5/2017 |

Christine is Executive Director of Lutheran Settlement House. Christine began her career at Congreso de Latinos Unidos in 1999 where she held several roles, ultimately becoming Vice President of Behavioral Health services. In 2006, Christine became the Deputy Director of Women Against Abuse (WAA), an agency dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence. In 2010 Christine was hired as the Associate Executive Director for Philadelphia’s Adult Behavioral Health services at NHS Human Services. Christine lives in Wyndmoor, PA.

Philadelphia Folklore Project

12/5/2017 |

CARIE

12/5/2017 |

Luis Mora

12/5/2017 |

In 1996, Luis founded FINANTA, a $21 million nonprofit, mission-driven lender facilitating access to capital and technical assistance to entrepreneurs, first-time homebuyers and consumers in the Philadelphia region. Prior to founding FINANTA, Luis created and directed the CoreStates Community Development and Financing groups, a $66 million economic, housing, social and cultural investment program of CoreStates Bank, NA, now part of Wells Fargo Bank. Luis is a native of Costa Rica.

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