The Philadelphia Education Fund creates equitable access to opportunities for students by providing resources and expertise that build paths to college and career success.
Our vision is for all young people in Philadelphia to have the skills and opportunity to succeed in college and career.
For copies of past Form 990 filings from PEF, visit Candid or ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer.
I Am College Material
Founded in 1985, the Philadelphia Education Fund drives exceptional student outcomes by developing great teachers and building paths to college and career success. We elevate opportunities, unlock potential, improve our city and our community and change lives—one student at a time.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Our board members are dedicated volunteers who give generously of their time, talent, and treasure to resource the efforts of the Philadelphia Education Fund and ensure its work remains responsive and attuned to the educational needs of the community.
Board of Directors
Lesley Tewnion, Chair
Deborah O’Brien, Vice Chair
SVP & Marketing Manager, Bank of America
John G. Ginelli, Treasurer
Department Head of Control, Vanguard Group
Joann Mitchell, Secretary
SVP, Institutional Affairs, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Chief Executive Officer, Vallon Pharmaceuticals
Richard Corcoran, CFA
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Director, Digital and Technology Innovation, PwC
Patricia Day, Manager, Leadership Engagement
Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
Donald J. DiLoreto
SVP, Non-Profit Banking, Citizens Bank
Distinguished Engineer, Comcast
VP, Strategic Initiatives & Chief of Staff, Community College of Philadelphia
La-Toya P. Hackney, Esq.
SVP, General Counsel, & Secretary, Saint-Gobain
Asim Haque, VP, State Policy & Member Services
PJM Interconnection LLC
Sophia Lee, Esq.
Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Susan Lorenz-Fisher, VP, Corp. Citizenship & Sustainability
Principal, Deloitte Consulting
Chief Diversity, Inclusion, & Community Relations Officer, Chestnut Hill College
Principal, Riverfront Partners, LLC
Mark Silow, Esq.
Chair, Fox Rothschild LLP
Chief Innovation Officer, Pennoni
Melinda Welsh, Head of Consumer Auto and
Chief Marketing Officer, JPMorgan Chase
Meet our Scholars Advisory Committee
Our Scholars Advisory Committee members sign on to grow and steward the investments of our Philadelphia Scholars scholarship endowment, and to support the awarding of more than $500,000 in scholarship aid annually to eligible students.
Scholars Advisory Committee
Richard Corcoran, Chair
Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management
Arthur S. Baldadian
Mark S. Blaskey
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Jermaine Bromell, Scholars Alumnus
Vice President, AB Bernstein
Carole Haas Gravagno
Phoebe Haas Charitable Trust
La-Toya P. Hackney, Esq.
SVP, General Counsel, & Secretary, Saint-Gobain
Jonathan M. Heckscher
SVP, Director of Fixed Income, Chief Investment Officer, Pennsylvania Trust
Financial Advisor, Raymond James Financial
VP, Student Services & Retention Management, Peirce College
Private Investor, Permit Capital
Karina Melendez Scholars Alumna
SVP & Marketing Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bank of America
Pedro A. Ramos
President and CEO, The Philadelphia Foundation
Margaret (“Peggy”) Steele
Retired, Samuel S. Fels Fund
John B. Neff (in memoriam)
A. Morris Williams, Jr.
Williams & Company
Our dedicated and experienced team of professionals is best in class. They drive results for students by leveraging one another’s talents and working collaboratively to deliver a comprehensive and effective suite of college and career programming.
Farah JimenezPresident and CEO215-665-1400, email@example.com
Farah JimenezPresident and CEO
As the President and CEO of the Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF), Farah Jimenez is at the forefront of the effort to ensure that every young person in Philadelphia has access to a high quality education that prepares them to succeed in college and careers. In addition to her role with PEF, she served from 2014 through 2018 on the School Reform Commission, which has been the governing body of The School District of Philadelphia. Her nonprofit career spans nearly 20 years in executive management roles engaged in leading agencies engaged in community revitalization, public and Indian housing, affordable housing development, and social services. This includes past tenures as Executive Director of Mt. Airy USA, and as President and CEO of People’s Emergency Center. She also served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Women and the Pennsylvania Homeless Education Task Force, as a board member of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and as the founder of a visiting scholars’ program conducting research to inform policy impacting vulnerable families. Farah currently is on the editorial board of Al Dia, Philadelphia’s Spanish-language newspaper. Her media and public speaking experience includes stints as a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, a keynote speaker for Philadelphia Magazine’s ThinkFest, a regular panelist on WPVI’s Inside Story, and a frequent guest on The Larry Kane Show, which aired on the Comcast Network. She is a graduate of both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Dana HawkinsVice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer215-665-1400, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dana HawkinsVice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Dana Hawkins is the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at the Philadelphia Education Fund. Prior to PEF, she was the Head of Finance at Penn Asian Senior Services, a social services nonprofit with a $20 million budget. Dana attended Temple University’s Fox School of Business for Finance and Management Information Systems. She’s an active member of the Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business (IMA) and an IRS Certified Tax Preparer.
Toni AustinManager, Finance and Operations215-665-1400, email@example.com
Toni AustinManager, Finance and Operations
Toni is the point person for all financial management and fiscal operations of PEF, including grant and contract management and compliance. Reporting to PEF’s President and CEO, Toni is supported by a team of accounting professionals from Your Part-Time Controller. Toni has been a proud “Ed Funder” for over 15 years.
Nancy Peter, Ed.D.Director, McKinney Center for STEM Education215-665-1400, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Peter, Ed.D.Director, McKinney Center for STEM Education
Dr. Nancy Peter is The Director of the McKinney Center for STEM Education, at the Philadelphia Education Fund. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Behavior, a Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership, and a Doctoral degree in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum. Dr. Peter is also is a certified elementary and secondary science teacher; and a certified professional development instructor for the Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System. Nancy Peter has published several papers, articles, and research studies on out-of-school time program design, promising practices in professional development, informal science education, and sports-based youth development.
Dr. Peter worked as Director of Education at the Academy of Natural Sciences; as Curriculum Manager for the Fairmount Park Commission; as Senior Policy Specialist for Youth and Afterschool in Philadelphia’s Office of Children’s Policy; as Children and Youth Project Manager for Philadelphia’s Best Practices Institute; as Co-Director of the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative; and as the Director of the Out-of-School Time Resource Center at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her position at the Philadelphia Education Fund, Dr. Peter is an assistant adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Pennsylvania.
Jared EplerDirector, TRIO215-665-1400, email@example.com
Jared EplerDirector, TRIO
Jared brings over 10 years of experience leading college access and success programs in the Philadelphia region and a heartfelt commitment to serving low-income, first generation college students. After working as an admissions officer for his alma mater, Albright College, Jared served as the first college counselor (and later Program Manager) for Summer Search Philadelphia. After completing his M.S. Ed in School & Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in 2014, Jared joined the team at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School as their founding college counselor, building a college access and success program from the ground up. Over the course of 6 years, he supported over 500 students (100% being accepted to at least one four-year college) and built strategic partnerships with 6 local colleges and universities. Jared transitioned to become the Director of College Counseling where he continued to build innovative programming to best serve students on their path to college and career.
Jared is an active member of the Pennsylvania Association for College Counseling (PACAC) Executive Committee serving as the Pennsylvania State Chair for Secondary School Counselors. He has presented best practices at a variety of conferences including the Cristo Rey National College Access Summit, the annual PACAC conference, and the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) national conference. He has guest lectured at Chestnut Hill College and the University of Pennsylvania about best practices in college access and success. Jared has been a scholarship application reader with both the Gates & Jack Kent Cooke Foundations. Jared is also a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and has provided both therapy and career counseling to young adults. His knowledge in the field of college access & success, youth development, and program management will no doubt support our efforts to strengthen CAP’s reputation as a regional leader in college access, as well as help us grow and deepen the impact of our work.
Liz NolanSr. Program Manager, GEAR UP215-665-1400, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz NolanSr. Program Manager, GEAR UP
Liz is passionate about creating equitable pathways to postsecondary success for all youth. Liz is the Senior Program Manager for the GEAR UP Program at the Philadelphia Education Fund. Prior to leading the GEAR UP Program, Liz spent 3 years working with our Philadelphia Postsecondary Success Program where she worked with partner schools to prioritize the most critical needs around college and career readiness, align resources for the greatest impact, and develop postsecondary goals and systems that support a college going culture. Prior to joining PEF in September 2016, Liz spent 5 years teaching Mathematics at the middle and high school levels. Liz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Penn State and a Master’s degree in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in School Counseling.
Rick MosesDirector, Postsecondary Success Program215-665-1400, email@example.com
Rick MosesDirector, Postsecondary Success Program
As the Director of the Philadelphia Postsecondary Success Program (PPSP) at the Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF), Rick oversees PPSP’s aim to increase access to and success in postsecondary education for students from traditionally underserved neighborhood high schools.
Rick has extensive experience in the non-profit, education and corporate sectors. He began his professional career as a commercial lender (Mellon & PNC Banks) and a marketing executive (Xerox Corporation). He moved to the education/nonprofit sectors, developing in depth knowledge of K-16 education trends (private & public) and has held numerous senior level positions including: President – Steppingstone Scholars Philadelphia; Vice President – Philadelphia Academies Inc.; Director of Alumni Affairs – Friends’ Central School; and Dean of Upper School -Brooklyn Friends School.
He has served in various volunteer roles including: Compass consulting; mentor Philadelphia Futures; member Urban League of Phila.; and board member – North Phila. YMCA and The Miquon School.
Rick Moses holds an M.Ed. in Urban Education -Temple University’s College of Education and a B.B.A. in Accounting –Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
Allison KelseySenior Program Manager, Philadelphia Scholars and Communications215-665-1400, firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison KelseySenior Program Manager, Philadelphia Scholars and Communications
Allison is Senior Program Manager for organizational communications and the Philadelphia Scholars program. Contact her about the Last Dollar Scholarship, Scholars Mentoring Program, and events, fundraising, and workshops supporting Scholars. Allison came to know the Ed Fund as a Scholars mentor to a now college graduate! Prior to PEF, she was a communications, program development, and events consultant whose clients included Princeton’s Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Citizen Diplomacy International, and many regional nonprofit education and economic development organizations. She is a Trustee of Independence Charter School and volunteers as a block captain in her Graduate Hospital neighborhood. As a first-gen, heavily scholarshipped college graduate herself, Allison has a BA from Brown University and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania.
Alysse SzurManager, Resource Development
Alysse Szur is the Development Manager at the Philadelphia Education Fund. Alysse has 10 years of experience in online fundraising, event management, database management, and donor relations. Prior to joining PEF, Alysse was the Fundraising Operations Manager for the Food Bank for New York City, and responsible for the donor database and financial tracking for a development department raising 20 million dollars annually. At the Hope for Depression Research Foundation, Alysse integrated multiple fundraising platforms to one system creating more efficiency for the growing organization. Alysse graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a degree in American Studies and Women & Gender Studies and the New School University with a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management and Organizational Change.