About

Mission

The Philadelphia Education Fund creates equitable access to opportunities for students by providing resources and expertise that build paths to college and career success.

Vision

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

Officers

Lesley Tewnion, Chair
Retired, GlaxoSmithKline

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

Members

David Baker
Chief Executive Officer, Vallon Pharmaceuticals

Richard Corcoran, CFA
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Donald J. DiLoreto
SVP, Non-Profit Banking, Citizens Bank

Judith Gay
VP, Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff, CCP

La-Toya P. Hackney, Esq.
Assistant General Counsel, TE Connectivity

Donald Haskin
Retired, Citi

Sophia Lee, Esq.
Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Thomas Morrison
Principal, Deloitte Consulting

Siobhan Reardon
President & Director, Free Library of Philadelphia

Kenneth Seiler
Executive Director, PJM Interconnection LLC

Mark Silow, Esq.
Chair, Fox Rothschild LLP

Nancy Butler Songer
Distinguished University Professor, Drexel

Markus Weidner
Chief Innovation Officer, Pennoni

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
Private Investor

Mark S. Blaskey
Pepper Hamilton LLP

Jermaine Bromell, Scholars Alumnus
Zimmer Tri-State

Elijah Dornstreich
Vice President
AB Bernstein

Carole Haas Gravagno
Phoebe Haas Charitable Trust

La-Toya P. Hackney
Assistant General Counsel, Channel, Marketing & Communications
TE Connectivity

Donald Haskin
Retired
Citi

Jonathan M. Heckscher
Senior Vice President, Director of Fixed Income, Chief Investment Officer
Pennsylvania Trust

Josh Henshaw
Financial Advisor
Raymond James Financial

Brad Hodge
Vice President, Student Services & Retention Management
Peirce College

James Jolinger
Private Investor
Permit Capital

Karina Melendez, Scholars Alumna
Associate
Bayada Home Health Care

Deborah O’Brien
Senior Vice President & Marketing Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility
Bank of America

Pedro A. Ramos
President and CEO
The Philadelphia Foundation

Margaret (“Peggy”) Steele
Private Investor

Gregory J. Wartman
Law Office of Gregory J. Wartman

Emeritus

Helen Cunningham
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.

Leadership

Farah Jimenez

Farah Jimenez

President and CEO215-665-1400, ext.3313fjimenez@philaedfund.org
Farah Jimenez

Farah Jimenez

President 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.

Email Farah Jimenez215-665-1400, ext.3313

Toni Austin

Manager, Finance and Operations215-665-1400, ext.3314taustin@philaedfund.org

Toni Austin

Manager, 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.

Email Toni Austin215-665-1400, ext.3314
Nancy Peter EdD

Nancy Peter, Ed.D.

Director, McKinney Center for STEM Education215-665-1400, ext.3342npeter@philaedfund.org
Nancy Peter EdD

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.

Email Nancy Peter, Ed.D.215-665-1400, ext.3342

Jared Epler

Director, TRIO215-665-1400, ext.3316jepler@philaedfund.org

Jared Epler

Director, 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.

Email Jared Epler215-665-1400, ext.3316

Liz Nolan

Sr. Program Manager, GEAR UP215-665-1400, ext.4007lnolan@philaedfund.org

Liz Nolan

Sr. 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.

Email Liz Nolan215-665-1400, ext.4007

Rick Moses

Director, Postsecondary Success Program215-665-1400, ext.3340rmoses@philaedfund.org

Rick Moses

Director, 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.

Email Rick Moses215-665-1400, ext.3340

Allison Kelsey

Senior Program Manager, Philadelphia Scholars and Communications215-665-1400, ext.3338akelsey@philaedfund.org

Allison Kelsey

Senior 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.

Email Allison Kelsey215-665-1400, ext.3338

Alysse Szur

Manager, Resource Development215-665-1400, ext.3311aszur@philaedfund.org

Alysse Szur

Manager, 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.

Email Alysse Szur215-665-1400, ext.3311

College Access Program

Jared Epler

Director, TRIO215-665-1400, ext.3316jepler@philaedfund.org

Liz Nolan

Sr. Program Manager, GEAR UP215-665-1400, ext.4007lnolan@philaedfund.org

Christina Holiday

Coordinator215-665-1400, ext. 3336choliday@philaedfund.org

Lynne Garrett

Data Coordinator215-665-1400, ext.3336lgarrett@philaedfund.org

Madeline Birkner

Coordinator215-665-1400, ext. 3336mbirkner@philaedfund.org

Alexis Mercado

Program Specialist, GEAR UP215-665-1400, ext.3303amercado@philaedfund.org

Natalie Almiron

Coordinator215-665-1400, ext. 3336nalmiron@philaedfund.org

Amir Fralin

Coordinator215-665-1400, ext. 3336afralin@philaedfund.org

Valentina Landrine

Coordinator215-665-1400, ext. 3336vlandrine@philaedfund.org

Kelsey Smith

Coordinator215-665-1400, ext.3336ksmith@philaedfund.org

Christopher McNeal

Program Specialist, GEAR UP215-665-1400, ext.3328cmcneal@philaedfund.org

Consulting to Schools

Rick Moses

Director, Postsecondary Success Program215-665-1400, ext.3340rmoses@philaedfund.org

Kelly Staskel

Program Manager, Postsecondary Success Program215-665-1400, ext.3309kstaskel@philaedfund.org

STEM Education Initiatives

Nancy Peter, Ed.D.

Director, McKinney Center for STEM Education215-665-1400, ext.3342npeter@philaedfund.org

Susan (Betsy) Payne

Manager, Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem215-665-1400, ext.3333spayne@philaedfund.org

Administration

Farah Jimenez

President and CEO215-665-1400, ext.3313fjimenez@philaedfund.org

Toni Austin

Manager, Finance and Operations215-665-1400, ext.3314taustin@philaedfund.org

Peg McCool

Special Assistant to the President and CEO215-665-1400, ext.3322pmccool@philaedfund.org

Resource Development

Alysse Szur

Manager, Resource Development215-665-1400, ext.3311aszur@philaedfund.org

Philadelphia Scholars Program

Allison Kelsey

Senior Program Manager, Philadelphia Scholars and Communications215-665-1400, ext.3338akelsey@philaedfund.org