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.



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 is a past Board Member of the Philadelphia Land Bank the South Philly Food Co-op.

Anna has worked and volunteered for several non-profits in Philadelphia, each committed to making this region 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



Andrea C. Anastasi, Government Relations Manager

Andrea joined SBN in May 2018 as the Government Relations Manager. Much of her career has focused on supporting people and communities through an integrated approach involving advocacy, education, outreach, mobilization efforts, and the cultivation of healthy relationships. Andrea’s extensive work at both the policy level and in direct services has enhanced her understanding that solutions to systemic problems require an awareness of the interconnected nature of all things. This, in turn, has strengthened her commitment to advocating for policies and practices that support sustainability and the triple bottom line.

Prior to joining SBN, Andrea provided legal services and counsel to underrepresented individuals at local public interest organizations. She also advocated with and on behalf of marginalized people and groups in support of the advancement of social justice issues, including civil rights, health care, education, and the environment. Andrea’s collective experiences have taught her that advocating for social justice, including sustainability, can take many unexpected and magical forms. In light of this, she welcomes all opportunities to effect positive change, shift perspectives, cultivate mindful awareness, and connect people to help the arc of the moral universe continue to bend toward justice. Contact Andrea. 215.922.7400 x 110


Bradford Bucknum, Communications Manager

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 teaches at Temple University, continues to write poetry and essays, writes and performs music, and enjoys wandering through East Fairmount Park with his dog. He is an adjunct instructor at Temple University. Contact Bradford.



Fran Lawn, GSI Partners Manager

Fran Lawn brings over 15 years’ experience developing community education, infrastructure and health programs that provide innovative solutions to environmental and social challenges in urban communities.

Fran is focused on driving change by creating a shift towards community involvement that supports growth and prosperity by solving social problems. This passion comes from helping people returning from prison overcome obstacles, develop skills and establish support networks that serve to strengthen their role within their community.

He coauthored Reentry to Workforce Partnership: A Case Study, highlighting effective cross-sector partnerships addressing barriers to successful reentry, and has been recognized as a thought leader in ecological management best practices. He has presented on social and environmental topics at Princeton University, Temple University, Penn Law, Rutgers University and Academy of Natural Sciences.

Fran most recently served as Community Impact Chair for Net Impact Philadelphia Professional Chapter. Prior, he served on Philadelphia Reentry Coalition’s Employment Committee. He is a member of Leadership Philadelphia, and a fellow with the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College and a 2004 Delaware Valley Regional Network Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program.

Fran has a BS in Environmental Design from Delaware Valley University. He currently resides in Glenside with his two sons and is active as an assistant coach for the elementary school program Let Me Run. He is an avid gardener and is currently learning guitar. Contact Fran.  


Lauren Peiffer, Program and Events Coordinator

Lauren comes to SBN with a passion for fostering growth in the local economy through engaging stakeholders in more sustainable business practices. As a native Philadelphian with a passion for the city and its neighborhoods, Lauren has a natural interest in collaborating with mission-aligned businesses to create a more robust and resilient economic infrastructure.

Lauren’s singular focus on bettering the local community began at an early age, and she began working with many local non-profits during her college years at Temple University. Having specialized in workforce development, food insecurity alleviation, and fundraising for several leading nonprofits, Lauren is committed to the growth and development of the local economy in conjunction with the financial empowerment of all Philadelphians. Most recently, Lauren has performed various organizational roles in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, Asociacion Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), CareerLink, and the Morris Arboretum.

One of Lauren’s most influential experiences was the time she spent interning with SBN as an Events Coordinator, with a focus on planning SustainaBall. Having recently graduated from Temple with a Bachelor’s in Economics and Community Development, she is happy to be back at SBN in the role of Program and Events Coordinator.

When she’s not in the office, you can find Lauren at a concert, at her local yoga studio, trying out new recipes, exploring Philadelphia’s eclectic art scene, or in her hometown of Doylestown exploring the beautiful lakes, small towns, and natural beauty it has to offer. Contact Lauren


Abraham Roisman, Membership Manager

Abe joined SBN as the Membership Manager in March 2018 with a vision to engage and expand the network. His background in human rights, community development, and research in the built environments informs his passion for social and environmental justice.

Upon completing his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Abe moved to the Middle East working in communications and fundraising for several human and civil rights organizations. He then decided to take what he learned from his experiences overseas and become an active agent for positive change in his hometown of Philadelphia. Upon returning, he completed a master’s degree in architecture history and theory at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on how affordable housing and economic development can play a role in alleviating poverty and preventing displacement of local communities.

On top of his work at SBN, Abe is active in the Philadelphia rowing community and takes advantage of the city’s natural resources walking his dog Hansel and riding his bike. If you are a member and haven’t met Abe yet, or if you are interested in becoming an SBN member, feel free to contact him. Contact Abe


Alanna Wittet, GSI Partners Associate

As the GSI Partners Program Associate, Alanna provides a variety of organizational and programmatic support for SBN’s GSI Partners initiative and its affiliated partners to help advance the goals and triple bottom line impact of Green City, Clean Waters, Philadelphia’s green stormwater management plan.

Alanna comes to SBN with a strong background and interest in social and environmental impact and how various stakeholders can collaborate and collectively engage in creating more sustainable and resilient communities. Committed to the business as a force for good movement, she has experience working with a variety of mission-aligned and triple bottom line businesses across various industries and regions. Prior to SBN, Alanna worked at B Lab, providing programmatic support and research to support impact measurement and the organization’s social and environmental standards and B Corp certification process. She has also worked with the Sustainable Business Network of New Zealand, engaging local businesses in improving their environmental practices and helping them serve as resources for one another.

Alanna holds an Environmental Studies degree from Franklin & Marshall College and has pursued a variety of environmental policy and sustainability research on topics relating to international marine policy, sustainable food systems, agroecology, and ecosystem services.

After graduating, Alanna spent several months pursuing a global education through various nomadic travels that took her to South East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time in nature, spontaneous road trips, and undertaking experimental cooking projects. Contact Alanna







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)

Past 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)


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 the 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.


Allegra Derengowski (Birchtree Catering, Philadelphia, PA)

Allegra is a self-taught entrepreneur and event planner who has grown Birchtree Catering through word-of-mouth marketing, a strong commitment to quality food and customer service, and great relationships with venues and vendors in Philadelphia. In 2016 she completed two entrepreneurial growth programs: the SBA-funded “Scale-Up Philadelphia” through The Enterprise Center, and the “Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses” through the Community College of Philadelphia. She is now on the Advisory Board for Scale-Up, and acted as an SBN ambassador throughout 2017


Heather G. Hanowitz (PIDC, Philadelphia, PA)


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 Jacobs (Communally, Philadelphia, PA)

Chris Jacobs is the Chief Executive Officer of Communally, 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, Communally 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.

Communally 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. Communally is proud to have been recognized in B Lab’s 2013 and 2016 lists of the “Best for the World.” Internally and externally, Communally 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 burnout.

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.).


Barrie E. Litzky (Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel, Philadelphia, PA)

Barrie Litzky received her Ph.D. in organizational sciences and psychology from Drexel University and taught for the past 18 years at Penn State Great Valley where she created courses in sustainability and social entrepreneurship and led the effort to create a graduate certificate in Sustainable Management Practices. At present, Barrie is an associate professor of entrepreneurship in the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel. Excited to be at The Close School, Barrie is currently developing and teaching courses in social entrepreneurship and sustainability, resilience and failure, and mindfulness. Barrie has been an active member of SBN since 2005 and has encouraged both Penn State Great Valley and now Drexel’s Close School to be Level-4 Members.


Mo Manklang (U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives)

Mo Manklang is the Director of Communications of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. She has been working on co-ops and social impact organizing for the past twelve years in Philadelphia, with organizations such as the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, Generocity.org, The Bechdel Test Fest, and the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. A native Philadelphian, Mo is dedicated to supporting socially conscious businesses in this city and around the country.


Demond Mullen (Streetside BBQ, Philadelphia, PA)


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)

Vice Chair

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 an MS in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin — Madison and a JD from IIT Chicago Kent College of Law.


Sara Poindexter (Rodriguez Consulting, LLC, Philadelphia, PA)

Sara is a Professional Engineer with over 15 years of experience in civil site design and utility projects, and currently oversees all aspects of Rodriguez Consulting’s operations and procedures as COO. Her areas of expertise include civil site design/permitting, subsurface utility engineering, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, roadway design and permitting, and municipal representation. Sara has a passion for green stormwater infrastructure and urban communities and has been an active member of SBN since 2014, during which time she has served as Committee Chair of SBN’s GSI Partners’ Plan Review Committee.


Tiffany Rolfing (Idea Broker, Philadelphia, PA)

Tiffany is a maker, mover, and innovator focusing on delivering growth strategies, innovation, and tangible outcomes in public and private settings through foresight, persistence, and creative social-impact design. Idea Broker, her business design consultancy, guides clients in creating successful and pragmatic business development implementation plans for new and existing markets. Her experience is rooted in over fifteen years of policy, energy efficiency, construction, and community programming design while working with commercial utility corporations, local development organizations, private and public real estate developers, and national associations.


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.




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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