About SBN

For more information, please contact Brandon Woods, Operations Associate.

Meet the team.

SBN leadership consists of individuals at all levels of the organization who tirelessly contribute their talents to achieve the shared vision of a prosperous, local economy that values the earth and its inhabitants.

Staff

 

Anna Shipp, Executive Director

Anna has been with the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia since January 2013, and couldn’t be prouder or more committed to our mission to build a just, green, and thriving economy.

Prior to becoming Executive Director, Anna served as Manager of SBN’s GSI Partners, a business-informed initiative working to maximize the triple bottom line impact of Philadelphia’s innovative nature-based stormwater management plan, Green City, Clean Waters.

Anna holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where her academic work focused on urban sustainability. She was a 2012 US Forest Service Sustainability Science Fellow, the 2013 recipient of the Dr. Frederick Scatena Award for Outstanding Research in Urban Forestry, and a 2015 Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. She currently serves on the Board of the Philadelphia Land Bank, and is a past Board member of the South Philly Food Co-op.

Anna has worked and volunteered for several non-profits in Philadelphia, each committed to making this city a better place - environmentally, economically, and socially.

Anna thoroughly enjoys all things outside, going for long bike rides, gardening, and cooking. Contact Anna. 215.922.7400 x 101

  

 
 

Wendy Metzgar, Member Services Manager

As Member Services Manager, Wendy leads our membership department, including delivering high-quality customer service to SBN’s members, attracting new members, managing event planning and implementation, and guiding our organization’s communication function.

Wendy brings 17 years of membership organization experience to SBN, having served in lead roles in membership organizations spanning several industries. Her broad experience has involved overseeing customer service, designing and executing marketing and communications campaigns, leading event planning and market research activities, and more. Wendy holds a Bachelor’s in English from Dickinson College, a certificate in Executive Management from Notre Dame University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. Contact Wendy

 

 

Bradford Bucknum, Member Relations Associate

Bradford joined the Member Services Department at SBN in July 2016. Initially moving to Philadelphia to complete a volunteer service year with City Year Greater Philadelphia, Bradford has since worked in the restaurant industry and most recently served as Greensgrow Farms’ Community Kitchen Manager and Special Events Coordinator. The experience he gained working with burgeoning culinary entrepreneurs at Greensgrow Farms inspired Bradford to pursue an opportunity with SBN to learn more about how to grow and support a thriving local economy.

Bradford received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Temple University and holds a Bachelor’s in English from James Madison University. Outside of his responsibilities at SBN, Bradford continues to write poetry and essays, writes and performs music, and enjoys wandering through East Fairmount Park with his dog. Contact Bradford

 

 

Saleem Chapman, Policy and Advocacy Manager

Saleem leads SBN’s policy and advocacy functions, including advancing the SBN Good Economy Challenge by engaging members in the campaign, mobilizing and building support amongst SBN’s organizational allies, and working with policy-makers to implement our recommended policies. Saleem is also working to keep SBN engaged in other policy discussions pertinent to building a sustainable economy in the region.

Saleem brings significant experience in government relations and public policy to his role, most recently working as Director of Strategy and Policy for the Clean Air Council (CAC). In this position, Saleem worked to increase CAC’s influence on policy, and was instrumental in establishing the organization's environmental justice program aimed at reducing disproportionate exposure to environmental health risk in low-income and communities of color. Saleem holds a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University, as well as a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master's in Public Administration, both from Penn State University. Contact Saleem

 

 

Jacob Feinberg, Program Associate, GSI Partners

Jacob joined SBN in June 2016 as the Program Associate for the GSI Partners. Prior to joining SBN, Jacob served for three years as an AmeriCorps VISTA and VISTA Leader with the Urban Technology Project and the SERVE Philly VISTA corps. As a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's Urban Studies department, Jacob is committed to integrating the region's redevelopment with the tools to maximize economic, social, and environmental benefits. Jacob can also be found out promoting Indego Bike Share, cooking, or playing soccer. Contact Jacob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon Woods, Operations Associate

Brandon grew up about 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia where he began volunteering with local community nonprofits at a young age. While earning his Bachelor's from Rutgers University-Camden, he worked in several capacities on campus, including roles in the Admissions and Financial Aid offices.

Brandon has more than ten years of experience working in various administrative roles in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. He brings vital skills to the table, including organization, patience, leadership, and drive. 

As a Program Manager at a local nonprofit, he worked directly with local independent businesses by connecting them to employees and other valuable resources. As a Constituent Services Representative, he worked alongside local businesses to coordinate community events, such as clean-up days and job fairs. He is committed to helping the triple bottom line business community succeed so that local economy leaders may have a positive impact in their community.

In his free time, Brandon enjoys cooking and baking, working on cars, and walking and riding bikes on the trails in and around Philadelphia.Contact Brandon

 

Board of Directors

 

Lynne Andersson (Fox School of Business, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA)

Lynne is an Associate Professor of Business, Society & Ethics in the Fox School of Business and Management. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior/Social Issues in Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her M.S. in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and her B.S. in Biostatistics also from UNC. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Lynne worked as a statistical programmer and information systems consultant in both research and corporate settings in the southeastern U.S.

Lynne has developed and taught a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels in the areas of management, organizational behavior and theory, business and society, corporate sustainability, and business ethics. No matter the course or the student, she feels an obligation to challenge students to think critically about the institution of business around which they are building their lives.

Apprising students of the potential for meaningful work and careers through sustainable enterprise has been an overarching mission of Lynne’s work as an educator, and the sustainable business community here in Philly has been a fantastic vehicle. Lynne has worked in the niche of sustainable business as an academic in Philadelphia since 1995.

    

Ben Block (Clean Markets, Philadelphia, PA)

Ben Block is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Clean Markets, a Philadelphia-based market development firm focused on growing market share for sustainability solutions. Ben brings ten years of program management, media, and communications experience to support Clean Markets’ utility and government clients. He has successfully developed and executed advertising and public relations campaigns that have resulted in measurable increases in program participation and engagement.

Prior to joining Clean Markets, Ben managed business-to-business outreach and communication campaigns for the Verified Carbon Standard Association, the largest certification program in the voluntary carbon market, and he served as staff writer for the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research group. His articles for World Watch magazine were frequently republished by The Guardian and Christian Science Monitor, among various other publications. He has also written for Smithsonian, Popular Mechanics, and The Baltimore Sun.

Ben holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He lives in South Philadelphia with his wife Emmy and his terrier Gus.

 

Colleen Bracken (Bracken Leadership, Philadelphia, PA)

Chair

Colleen is the founder and principal of Bracken Leadership (BL), a management consulting firm that helps its clients leap forward in the areas of Leadership, Organizational Change, Team Effectiveness, Communication, and Creativity. BL’s processes help organizations operate in new and different ways that produce robust business, thriving communities, and a healthy environment.

BL does its best work with clients who share their values of conscious, sustainable business practices and creating good for the whole of our society and our planet.
Over the span of her career, Colleen has worked with a wide variety of organizations including GlaxoSmithKline, The United Way, Sungard, Fair Food, ThomsonReuters, Johnson & Johnson, University of Pennsylvania, Comcast, Federal EPA, Centocor, and many more.

Colleen co-established and co-leads the Executive Coaching & Feedback Program for the full time MBA students at the Wharton School of Business, where she also teaches coaching seminars. Her nonprofit board experience includes past-president of Philadelphia’s chapter of the International Coach Federation, a worldwide association for professional coaches, and went on to be elected Global Committee Chair, leading decision making on membership and community issues for 20,000 member coaches around the world.

She holds the International Coach Federation PCC credential and a Master’s degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.
 

 

Clifford David (Conservation Economics, Lower Gwynedd, PA)

Clifford David has built his career as an innovator, combining non-profit mission with for-profit financial incentives to transform land management through conservation. His distinguished and groundbreaking work as a senior leader of a regional land trust and other nonprofit and for-profit organizations has advanced the cause of natural resource conservation and historic building preservation.
Mr. David is recognized as an energetic and savvy senior leader with a successful 20+ year track record. He has developed breakthrough revenue generating concepts while utilizing collaboration with best-in-class partners to take each project to a positive revenue execution.

Mr. David’s repeated successes in adaptive reuse of underperforming real estate assets combined with his experience turning around struggling organizations create a unique set of skills to lead Conservation Economics. By connecting and collaborating with external partners, Mr. David has demonstrated the ability to further organizational objectives and generate enthusiasm for a common, achievable mission.

As an entrepreneurial strategist, Mr. David is gifted at identifying emerging opportunities not seen by others and systematically converting them into successful organizational initiatives and projects. Mr. David serves on the Board of Directors in leadership roles for several for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Mr. David holds a BA in Psychology, BS in Botany, and an MS in Organization and Management.

 

Amy Kate Failing (Community Energy Inc, Radnor, PA)

Vice Chair

Amy is a sustainability marketing professional, leading Marketing Operations for renewable energy supply and development company, Community Energy, Inc. Amy has grown in her career as an energetic and passionate leader, working to transform both our local communities and greater planet through consumer engagement in sustainable products and services. Amy has strong expertise in communications, brand management, business development, and strategic operations. Prior to working in renewable energy, Amy sought experience in the health & wellness and food industries, even taking on an international assignment with a large, multinational company in Dublin, Ireland, which gave her a global perspective on climate impact as a result of business operations.

Amy’s fresh perspective as a young professional has given her the ability to bring creative strategy and insight to all roles she takes on, using her broad sustainability knowledge as a keen driving force behind addressing all challenges. She has a deep commitment to the City of Philadelphia and strives to grow in her opportunities to serve the greater community through meaningful work.

 

Heather G. Hanowitz (PIDC, Philadelphia, PA)

Treasurer

Heather Hanowitz joined the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) in July 2015 with eight years of small business lending and international equipment leasing experience. As Vice President, Commercial Business Market Manager, Heather is responsible for developing and maintaining PIDC’s relationships with small and midsize commercial businesses in Philadelphia. Her portfolio consists of business and economic development loans ranging from $50,000 to $2 million.

From 2010 to 2015, Heather served as the Director of Business Lending for FINANTA, a Philadelphia based non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) offering small business and credit-building microloan products to urban entrepreneurs. While at FINANTA, she conducted all business loan assessment, underwriting, and closings, and provided technical assistance and consumer credit counseling to clients on an ongoing basis.

Prior to FINANTA, Heather was a Value Analyst for De Lage Landen, an equipment lease financing agency owned by Rabobank of The Netherlands. While working at their US headquarters in Wayne, PA, Heather conducted risk-based pricing valuation and cash flow modeling for multi-million dollar leasing portfolios. She also supported the Mergers & Acquisitions team during confidential pricing negotiations and served as interim Controller for the company’s IT division for over 3 months.

Heather holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Spanish from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

 

Lee Huang (Econsult Solutions, Philadelphia, PA)

Lee Huang is Senior Vice President & Principal of Econsult Solutions, Inc. With an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School and a master’s degree from the Fels School of Government of the University of Pennsylvania, Lee provides an excellent perspective for public, private, and non-profit clients. Lee has led projects examining commercial corridors, affordable housing, neighborhood change, transportation financing, MWBE procurement, real estate development, economic development, tax policy, economic and fiscal impact, transit-oriented development, financial modeling, tax increment financing, waterfront development, discrimination in lending practices, higher education, workforce development, technology, historic preservation, and recreational amenities. In his recent work, he led an analysis of the relationship between Philadelphia and its higher educational institutions regarding their economic impact and whether a PILOTs (payment in lieu of taxes) system would be appropriate for the City, examined the significant positive impacts that historic preservation efforts have in Pennsylvania, and studied what City government can do to create and retain private sector jobs for City residents in Philadelphia’s Jobs Commission Report.

From 1995 to 2005, Lee was employed at The Enterprise Center, an entrepreneurial center in West Philadelphia where he acquired extensive experience in day to day management as well as strategic decision making. He most recently served as Executive Vice President, where he was responsible for all programs and operations, and helped manage fifty staff and interns and a $1.2 million budget. He was also Founder of The Enterprise Center’s YES (Youth + Entrepreneurship = Success) Program and Director of Cities Beyond, The Enterprise Center’s consulting department.

In 2006, Lee earned his Masters of Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, where he also received certificates in Public Finance and in Economic Development and Growth. Lee received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1995 from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, with a dual concentration in Accounting and Management.

Lee serves on the boards of Community Design Collaborative, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, and Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. He serves on the advisory board of American Communities Trust, and Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the City of Philadelphia Water, Sewer, and Storm Water Rate Board. He also teaches a graduate-level course called “Quantitative Tools for Consulting” at the Fels Institute of Government of the University of Pennsylvania.  

 

Chris Jacbos (Solutions for Progress, Philadelphia, PA)

Chris Jacobs is the Chief Executive Officer of Solutions for Progress (SfP), a mission-driven Benefit Corporation and Certified B Corp that combines technology and public policy with a commitment to community outreach to deliver practical solutions to the complex problems of poverty — moving households from Crisis to Choice. In Philadelphia, as well as throughout Pennsylvania, and multiple other cities and states, SfP provides a set of web-based services that enable outreach partners to help low- and moderate-income individuals and families stabilize through enhanced access to federal, state and local work and income supports, grow by obtaining assistance in job preparedness, and build and manage the resulting financial assets.

SfP was one of the first 10 companies to register as a Benefit Corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is an active contributor to the new Philly B Local. SfP is proud to have been recognized in B Lab’s 2013 and 2016 lists of the “Best for the World.” Internally and externally, SfP works to ensure that “sustainability” encompasses the economic needs of low-income urban and rural communities, the equitable capital requirements of social impact companies, and the recognition that workers must balance effort with replenishment to avoid burn out.

Chris served on the Technology Leadership Group for Mayor Rendell’s Private Sector Task Force on Management & Productivity, served on the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Small Business Board, and spent several years as a Portfolio Manager for Ben Franklin Technology Partners. He was elected to and served as a member of the National Executive Committee of a UK labor union and has acted as a campaign manager and/or field director for over 20 political campaigns in the UK and PA. Chris has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wolverhampton (U.K.).

 

Paul Marcus (Marcus Reinvestment Strategies, Bordentown, NJ)

Paul has been involved in a variety of roles in affordable housing community and business development since 1995 with expertise in organizational development, real estate development and financing.

Since 2011 he has operated Marcus Reinvestment Strategies, a consulting firm focused on financing and technical assistance on community development real estate activities. Clients include governments, lenders and non-profits looking to redevelop underutilized properties.

In 2010, he co-founded Philly Fair Trade Roasters, a Philadelphia-based coffee roasting company with a focus on sustainable practices and roasting high quality, Fairtrade, Organic coffee. The company continues to expand its social relationships, supporting environmental improvements in Nicaragua and local non-profits focused on Fairtrade. He formerly was a Vice President in Commercial Real Estate at Citizens Bank financing community development activities in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey.

Prior to working for Citizens Bank he was a Program Officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) where he provided grants, financing and technical assistance to non-profits including advising non-profits on affordable for-sale housing, program development of a neighborhood based home-improvement program, and organizational development of a non-profit coalition focused on commercial revitalization. He also worked for the Friends Rehabilitation Program, a Quaker-based non-profit affordable housing provider, where he oversaw development of affordable multi-family and single-family for-sale housing.

 

Demond Mullen (Streetside BBQ, Philadelphia, PA)

Secretary

Demond is the owner of Streetside BBQ, a classic barbecue catering company in the Philadelphia area. He is also a founding member of the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree and continues to hold a position on their advisory board. Mr. Mullen has been in a leadership position for more than twelve years spanning the chemical, manufacturing, medical and utility industries. He has held key positions at Dollar Tree Stores, DuPont, Quest Diagnostics and Philadelphia Gas Works in the areas of project management, supply chain management, customer service and information technology.

Demond has also worked as a consultant with Vanguard and Merck as well as Mercusol, an international shipping company based out of Manuas, Brazil. Through the years, his leadership roles have given him the opportunity to acquire invaluable business experience, specifically in project management, logistics, procurement, inventory, import/export, quality assurance, and gathering business requirements.

Demond has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland College Park and a Masters in Business Administration from the Villanova School of Business. Additionally, he is a black belt in Lean Six Sigma. He currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife and children.

 

Melissa Muroff (Roofmeadow, Philadelphia, PA)

Melissa Muroff, Esq. is the President and managing principal of Philadelphia-based Roofmeadow. She oversees strategic partnerships, risk management, business development, and government affairs for Roofmeadow, a 20-year-old national design firm specializing in green roofs and other depth limited landscapes — including playspaces — in challenging urban sites. On behalf of Roofmeadow and the local green infrastructure industry sector, Melissa actively advocates for policies and strategies that promote well-designed vegetated stormwater management practices. Prior to joining Roofmeadow, Melissa lived in Washington, DC where she provided government affairs and communications services for healthcare providers and for large trade associations. Melissa earned a MS in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin — Madison and a JD from IIT Chicago Kent College of Law.

 

Paul Spiegel (Practical Energy Solutions, West Chester, PA)

Paul is President of Practical Energy Solutions of West Chester, PA, which he co-founded in March of 2006. The company works with businesses, schools, and municipalities to help the people that manage and occupy the buildings assess their energy consumption and implement programs and strategies to reduce their energy costs and their environmental footprint. PES is a certified “founding” B-Corporation, and is a member of the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia.

Paul has nearly 30 years of experience in engineering, construction, and energy services, is a licensed professional engineer, a LEED AP, and has a degree in Economics from the University of Delaware. He is an adjunct Civil Engineering Professor at Temple University, and serves on the Westtown School Sustainability committee, the board of the Smart Energy Initiative, and on the Programs Committee for the DVGBC. He is also a senior member of the Association of Energy Engineers.

 

Daniel Stern (R2L, Philadelphia, PA)

Daniel Stern is the chef and owner of R2L, the acclaimed modern-American restaurant that is set on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place in Center City Philadelphia. After earning his Bachelor's Degree in Asian Studies and Religious Studies at Connecticut College, Daniel moved to New York to pursue a master's degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. While taking a break from school and exploring the world of teaching, Daniel, with the support of family and friends, realized that he had actually found his true passion way back when he was a teenager, peeling apples in his mother's bakery. So he set out to learn his craft from the best teachers he could find, including Rocco DiSpirito, Gray Kunz, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud. In the summer of 2002, he was hired as the Executive Chef of Le Bec Fin and led the kitchen to the reclaiming of its coveted 5th Mobil Star. In 2005, Daniel ventured on his own with the nationally and internationally recognized Gayle, and then went on to create other renowned dining experiences with Rae and with MidAtlantic. R2L, which opened in January of 2010, is now his home, and it is there that he continues to explore his fascination with food and to push the boundaries of modern American dining.

 

Phil Walker (W2 Group, Jenkintown, PA)

In a career that includes being a member of the 1978 NBA World Champion Washington Bullets team, multi-unit franchise business ownership, corporate executive for various Fortune 500 companies, founding three business start-ups, and serving as a board member for several non-profits, Phil Walker has significant and diverse business experience across multiple end markets and geographic regions.

Mr. Walker is an accomplished senior-level business development executive and intrapreneur with a 25+ year record of achievement and demonstrated success driving multi-million dollar revenue growth while providing visionary leadership in highly competitive markets. He is a results-driven professional with proven ability and exceptional leadership skills in strategic business development, accelerated market share growth and enhanced client loyalty while concurrently planning and implementing critical business expansion. He has an exceptional track record of delivering revenue growth, cost containment, building strategic alliances with a focus on sustainable technologies, and implementing operating efficiencies that deliver strong financial results. He also has a strong commitment to environmental principles that support corporate and community sustainability.

As Managing Principal at W2 Group, a boutique business and market development consulting firm that provides customized solutions for the formulation and implementation of business strategies, Mr. Walker is responsible for providing strategic direction, building the corporate portfolio, and managing partner relations. W2 Group's focus is engaging with companies that provide sustainable products/technologies and view sustainability as a way to drive revenue. He leads a consulting team that helps businesses meet the challenge of tapping into this emerging consumer mindset and create new market opportunities based on sustainability-inspired innovations.

His prior career in the private sector includes such companies as Xerox, Steelcase and Right Management, where responsibilities ranged from sales management to providing strategic leadership for large multi-million dollar business units. Mr. Walker has also served on various non-profit boards such as Philadelphia Futures, Millersville University Foundation, National Adoption Center and Triskeles.

Mr. Walker currently resides with his son, Christian, in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.

 

Omar Woodard (GreenLight Fund Philadelphia, Philadelphia)

Recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, and selected as one of 55 "Connectors & Keepers" by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, Omar T. Woodard is an experienced leader with a decade of expertise in public affairs, philanthropy, and corporate governance and management. He is a sought-after public speaker across the nation, with high-level experience in political campaigns as a fundraiser, field director, and policy director. A North Philadelphia native and resident, Omar is an adjunct professor in the Fox School of Business at Temple University.

Currently Omar is the Executive Director of GreenLight Fund Philadelphia, which envisions a growing national network of local GreenLight Funds that find and spread nonprofit solutions that can make the greatest, most needed impact in cities and regions around the country.Most recently, Omar was policy director for a mayoral campaign in Philadelphia; prior to that he was a principal at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), one of the nation's earliest philanthropic investment firms where he co-managed a $20M portfolio to achieve social impact. Prior to VPP, he was a healthcare and higher education management consultant, and an associate director of business development at the Advisory Board Company in Washington DC.

For two years, he was a federally registered lobbyist for the Whitaker Group, a premier consulting firm focused on increasing US-African trade & investment. At The George Washington University, he worked in the Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations and the Office of the Senior Vice President. He served as Deputy Regional Field Director during the general election for the 2008 Obama for America presidential campaign, and started his career on Capitol Hill as a congressional intern/aide.

He is a board member/advisor to numerous organizations, including PHL Diversity – a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors’ Bureau – the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the Maternity Care Coalition, and the Elliott School of International Affairs Board of Advisors. At 24, he was the youngest-ever person elected to the George Washington University Board of Trustees. The Board of City Trusts of Philadelphia appointed him to the Board of Managers of Girard College, and served as President of the Girard College Foundation.

Omar is a Fellow with the Association of Black Foundation Executives, a Fellow with the Center for Progressive Leadership, and he received the Toyota Presidential Fellowship from the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Harvard Business School awarded him with the Hansjoerg Wyss Award for Social Enterprise, and he also served as a Head Judge of the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition. The Obama for America 2012 presidential campaign appointed Omar as a committee member/delegate for the Democratic National Convention representing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Omar received a master's degree in public administration with a focus on nonprofit management and governance, and a bachelor's degree in international economics & public policy, both from the George Washington University where he was a Presidential Administrative Fellow and Student Body President. He holds a certificate in nonprofit governance from Harvard Business School. Omar graduated from Girard College, a grade 1-12 co-ed boarding school in North Philadelphia for children from low-income families.
 

 

Founder

   

Judy Wicks (White Dog Cafe, Philadelphia, PA) - Founder

Judy Wicks founded the White Dog Café on the first floor of her Philadelphia row house in 1983. As the restaurant grew, so did her notion that the strength of her business relied upon the quality of its locally grown ingredients. Envisioning how strengthening relationships among independent, community-rooted enterprises could inspire profound social change, she founded the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia in 2001, and co-founded the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies that same year.

Judy also founded Fair Food, dedicated to building a local food system in the Philadelphia region. In 2009, she sold the White Dog through a unique agreement that preserves local, independent ownership and maintains sustainable business practices, including buying from local farmers, composting and using renewable energy. In March of 2013, Judy released her memoir, Good Morning, Beautiful Business.

 
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