December/January 2015

Managing Director & Deputy Mayor
for Administration and Coordination

1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 1430
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1683


From: Richard Negrin, Managing Director & Deputy Mayor for Administration & Coordination
Date: 1/26/2015
Re: MDO Press release (Personnel changes)

The City of Philadelphia announced today a number of staffing changes at the Office of the Managing Director. Adé Fuqua Deputy Managing Director and Director of the PhillyRising Collaborative has been promoted to the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Managing Director. Mary Stitt, the prior MDO Chief of Staff was promoted to Procurement Commissioner in December 2014. In addition to becoming Chief of Staff, Mr. Fuqua will remain Director of the PhillyRising Collaborative. In his new role, Mr. Fuqua will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Office of the Managing Director and handling external affairs affecting the Office. “From the beginning Adé has demonstrated the type of service-centered leadership that we value in City government. It has been a pleasure to watch him grow into roles of increasing responsibility over the last four years. I am certain he will continue this record of achievement and service in his new role as my Chief of Staff.” said Managing Director and Deputy Mayor for Administration, Richard Negrin. “I also want to thank outgoing Chief of Staff Mary Stitt for her dedication over the last two years and wish her every success in her new role as Procurement Commissioner.”

Mr. Fuqua will be supported in his new role by Manny Citron, who has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff. Mr. Citron has been with the Office of the Managing Director since 2010; first as a Coordinator in the PhillyRising Collaborative, and more recently as Assistant Managing Director for Policy and Special Projects. “Manny Citron has a reputation of getting it done. He is a great asset to the Office of the Managing Director and someone that is very knowledgeable about internal operations.’’

Joann Gontarek, Executive Assistant to the Managing Director has been promoted to Office Manager. Additionally, Marcus Bullock, a PowerCorpsPHL service member has joined the MDO team to assist with administrative and research functions.
The PhillyRising Collaborative is also seeing some changes. Alex Peay and Luz Paradoa have recently joined the staff as Coordinators. Prior to joining PhillyRising, Mr. Peay founded Rising Sons, a nonprofit that engages millennials with community service opportunities. Ms. Paradoa brings more than twenty years of experience in program management and community outreach to the position. Additionally, Jimmie Sanders, Deputy Director has been promoted to Deputy Director for Operations and is responsible for PhillyRising outreach in all nineteen neighborhoods. Joandelis Marquez, PhillyRising Coordinator since 2010 has been promoted to Deputy Director for Administration and is responsible for managing PhillyRising’s internal matters. “I am excited about the new roles and new faces we are announcing today for the PhillyRising Collaborative. Joandelis and Jimmie have both been part of PhillyRising from day one and their proven experience and leadership will be critical to providing outstanding service to our citizens over the coming year.” said Negrin. “Luz and Alex, our two newest members of PhillyRising will add their own valuable experience to the team ensure that it continues to grow and deliver services to our most challenged neighborhoods.”
In your service,

Rich Negrin
Managing Director/
Deputy Mayor

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities


Saturday, January 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center Cleanup
Join the staff of the Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center in a beautification project to spruce up the appearance of the Rec Center.
9:00am-12:00pm @ Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 2101 Cecil B Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

*Monday, January 19
MLK Day Cleanup in Strawberry Mansion
PhillyRising is working with volunteers from Temple Medical School, the Strawberry Mansion Faith Based Coalition, and neighborhood residents for a cleanup of the 32nd and Cumberland Streets corridor. 9:00am @ W Cumberland St & N 32nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19132
*= MDO selected service event

Monday, January 19
Lawncrest Beautification Project
Lawncrest Recreation Center is home to many children and families who utilize the facility all throughout the year. Volunteers will help beautify this space to enhance the appearance of the recreation center.
9:30am-12:30pm @ 6000 Rising Sun Avenue, Shelbourne Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Tuesday, January 20
Volunteers will help sort and package food which will be sent to food cupboards and distributed at shelters.
12:00pm-4:30pm @ Philabundance Relief Center, 3616 S. Galloway St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Wednesday, January 21
Chosen 300
Chosen 300 opens their doors during the week to men, women, and families experiencing homelessness to provide them with a meal. Volunteers will assist by either serving food to guests.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ 1116 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Thursday, January 22
Iglesia del Barrio
Iglesia del Barrio hosts an afterschool homework help program for students. Throughout this time frame volunteers will serve as tutors to assist students with their school assignments
3:00pm-5:30/6:00pm @ 240 E. Cambria St, Philadelphia, PA 19134

PhillyRising Monthly Events

Tuesday, January 20
Kensington Stakeholders Meeting
This meeting takes place monthly to share and discuss information and resources that are working to serve the same community.
4:00pm-6:00pm @ N Hancock St & W Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia PA 19122

Tuesday, January 20
Lawncrest Community Association
The Lawncrest Community Association is back from summer vacation and will start meeting monthly again. All neighborhood residents are invited to attend!
7:00pm-9:00pm @ Community Room at St Williams, Corner of Argyle and Robbins Sts, Philadelphia PA 19111

Wednesday, January 21
Friends of Hissey Park
Monthly meeting organized by the Friends Group to discuss progress and upcoming projects.
6:00pm-7:00pm @ Hissey Park, C St & Indiana Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Highlights from December

December 2014-January 2015
Summer Valentine Anti Bullying Tour
Popular recording artist Summer Valentine has embarked on an anti-bullying tour at schools throughout Philadelphia. With an increasing case of multi-faceted bullying which has plagued our nation artist Summer Valentine and PhillyRising have coordinated an anti-bullying tour to increase awareness of the dangers of bullying. During her tour Ms. Valentine is shedding light on the different types of bullying such as: physical, verbal, and cyber. Through skits, dances, and musical performances Summer Valentine, Project Positive, and PhillyRising are aiming to gear up students for the fight against bullying.


December 4, 2014PhillyRising volunteering at BSM
PhillyRising volunteers at Broad Street Ministry
Volunteers from PhillyRising and other organizations devoted their time and energy to help serve meals to individuals experiencing homelessness. Prior to the arrival of the individuals all volunteers received training on effective food service techniques to create an enjoyable experience for the guests. As the room filled up volunteers quickly grabbed their trays of food and began serving individuals as they took their seats.  Smiles could be seen all throughout the room on the faces of the individuals who received their meals and the PhillyRising volunteers who served them.

Kensington Christmas EventDecember 20, 2014
Joy for Families
PhillyRising partnered with Iglesia Del Barrio in the Kensington Community to host “Joy for Families”. This event takes place every year in an effort to provide low income families with gifts for their children and food baskets as well. This year 250 pre- registered families of all zip codes attended this event and participated in raffles, enjoyed a Christmas show and received boxes of groceries and toys.

December 22, 2014
Ralph Brooks Park Groundbreaking Ceremony
The long awaited groundbreaking ceremony of the Ralph Brooks Park took place on Monday, December 22nd. Residents of the Point Breeze neighborhood and students from the local Delaplaine McDaniel School gathered together at the park to participate in this special ceremony. Dignitaries and special guests from the state and city shared powerful messages about the transformation taking place in the Point Breeze including City Managing Director Richard Negrin’s notation of the 10% crime reduction. Speakers highlighted the significance of the park and the positive impact that the new park will have on the neighborhood. The renovation of the park is expected to be complete by Spring 2015.


Special thanks to: Pastor Lovett, Deacon Johnson, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Deputy Mayor DiBerardinis, Managing Director Richard Negrin, Deputy Managing Director -PhillyRising Director Ade Fuqua, State Representative Jordan Harris, Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Howard Neukrug, Philadelphia Eagles Player Connor Barwin, Executive Director of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Jane Golden, I.A.M. South Philly Founder Jahmall Crandall, Urban Roots Founder and President Jeffrey Taube.

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