FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PHILABUNDANCE ANNOUNCES NEWEST BOARD MEMBERS
Philadelphia, Pa – February 7, 2018– Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, announces the addition of six new members to its 2018 Board of Directors: Sam Baker of Allen & Company, Pam Carter of the Community College of Philadelphia, Robert J. Clark of Ballard Spahr, Marissa Meyers of Public Health Management Corporation, Milton R. Pratt, Jr. of The Michaels Organization and Nora Swimm of PJM Interconnectivity.
“I am pleased to announce the addition of six new hunger heroes on to Philabundance’s Board of Directors,” said Executive Director Glenn Bergman. “Each bring a myriad of experiences and skillsets to the table that will help advance the mission of Philabundance, but most importantly, they each have a passion to help the more than 700,000 people struggling with food insecurity across the Delaware Valley.”
Additionally, Philabundance founder, Pamela Rainey-Lawler will be rotating back on to the Board of Directors. Lawler rejoins the board after a year as a Philabundance staff member spearheading the expansion of Philabundance Community Kitchen, a culinary arts and job training program.
While hunger and food insecurity are decreasing across the U.S., in our service area it is a growing crisis faced by 1 in 5 of our neighbors – almost double the national average. Philabundance aims to drive hunger from our communities and end hunger forever through direct food distribution programs and approximately 350 member agencies, including shelters, emergency kitchens and soup kitchens.
New Board Members:
Sam Baker is the Managing Director of Allen & Company, a large investment bank based in New York City. Baker is well versed in banking and investment, having risen through the ranks of Allen & Company and founding Mera Capital Management LP in 2007. A resident of Wayne, Pennsylvania, Baker received his BA in English from Yale University and his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Pam Carter, PhD is the Dean of Business & Technology at the Community College of Philadelphia. Carter has an extensive background in post-secondary education, having held teaching and leadership roles at Northcentral University, North Carolina A&T State University and Florida State University. A resident of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Carter received her BIS in Applied Business Communications from George Mason University and her PhD in Business Administration from Florida State University.
Robert J. Clark is an Associate at Ballard Spahr, a prominent Philadelphia based law firm. Clark draws on several years of experience in government and politics at the federal, state and local levels, even serving as Director of the Office of Public Liaison under Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell. Clark, a resident of Philadelphia, received his B.A. in Political Science and Communication and his J.D from Temple University.
Marissa Meyers is the Special Projects Manager for Integrated Health Services at Public Health Management Corporation, a nonprofit public health institute. Meyers has prior experience working in higher education, direct programming, and philanthropy. In addition to Philabundance, Meyers is on the board of directors for the Seybert Foundation and Montgomery Child Advocacy Project. Meyers, a resident of Philadelphia, received her B.A. in Psychology from Rosemont College and her M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Milton R. Pratt, Jr. is the Senior Vice President of The Michaels Organization, which focuses on the revitalization of communities and the creation and preservation of affordable housing along the East coast from Philadelphia to Florida. In addition to Philabundance, Pratt currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association. A resident of Blackwood, New Jersey, Pratt earned his BA in Public Administration with a concentration in Urban Planning from West Chester University.
Nora Swimm is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Client Services of PJM Interconnectivity, a wholesale electricity company. Swimm oversees corporate communications and human resources, as well as social responsibility for the organization and serves as co-executive sponsor of the Women’s Employee Resource Group at PJM. A resident of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, she received her B.S. in Computer Science and MBA in Business Administration from Villanova University.
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