PHL Diversity Staff & Advisory Board


1601 Market Street, Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19103


PHL Diversity (formerly Multicultural Affairs Congress)
Gregory DeShields
Executive Director
215-636-4433
fax: 267-479-6389
greg@discoverPHL.com
Brittany Benjamin
PHL Diversity Coordinator
215-636-3338
fax: 267-479-6338
brittany@discoverPHL.com

PHL Diversity Advisory Board

The PHL Diversity Advisory Board consists of various diverse professionals in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The Board shall meet, make recommendations and provide strategic guidance to the Executive Director of PHL Diversity as to matters within areas of their experience and expertise. Within the PHL Diversity Advisory Board, PHL Diversity works with four working committees:

  • Board Development and Nominations Committee: Recruit & review board nominees. Conduct mid-year and year-end evaluations of board members.
    • Chair: Richard Snow, Multicultural Marketing & Business Development, St. Jude Children Research Hospital
  • Executive Committee: Oversee all initiatives as they relate to standing committees, membership structure, economic development strategies and hospitality hiring practices.
    • Board Chair: William Wilson, Principal-In-Charge, Synterra Ltd., and Vice Chair: John Kroll, Director of Residential Property Management, Keating Hospitality
  • Education Committee: Provide input into the strategy to support PHL Diversity’s mission to increase representation from Philadelphia’s multicultural communities in the hospitality industry across the city and region.
    • Chairs: Sue Geyer, Associate Director of Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, and Ivan Turnipseed, Associate Professor and Chair, Hospitality & Recreation Management
  • Innovation Committee: Advise the entire PHL Diversity journey of innovation and be responsible for creating new ideas, concepts and practices driving the entire innovation change process, constantly monitoring it to ensure it stays on track.
    • Chair: Tiffany Tavarez, Corporate Relations, PECO
  • Marketing Committee: Uses a range of methods to get the word out, some of which include press releases, radio announcements, social media and email campaigns.
    • Chairs: Tonya Comer, Principal, Tonya Comer Interiors, and Nicole Allen White, Director of Government and External Affairs, Philadelphia Museum of Art

PHL Diversity Advisory Board Members

Darryll Adams
General Manager
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

Anthony Adelu
Sales & Service Manager A.V.P.
TD Bank

Nicole Allen White
Director of Government and External Affairs
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Lakshman Amaranayaka
Managing Director, Customer Operations
Philadelphia International Airport

Bradley Baldia*
President
Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey

Loraine Ballard Morrill
Director News & Community Affairs | Philadelphia
iHeartMedia

Clare Baruti
National Director of Sales
Hersha Hospitality Management

Stephanie Boyd
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Steven Scott Bradley
Chairman
African American Chamber of Commerce, PA, NJ, & DE

Keeya Branson-Davis*
KBD Event Management and Business Consulting

Randy Brown
Executive Vice President
Gamble Global Entertainment, LLC

Rob Buscher
Festival Director
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Johann Calhoun
Immediate Past President
Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists

Nancy Campbell*
Consultant

John Chin
Executive Director
Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

Tonya Comer*
Owner/Principal
Tonya Comer Interiors

Yvonne Drayton
President & CEO
Riscoe & Associates, Inc.

J. Donald Dumpson*
Chief Executive Officer
J. Donald Dumpson Productions, LLC

Helen Fitzpatrick
Director of LGBT Affairs
Office of the Mayor

Anthony Geistwite
Director of Sales and Marketing
Sofitel Philadelphia

Sue Geyer*
Associate Executive Director
Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association

Samantha Giusti*
Executive Director
Delaware Valley Legacy Fund

Francine Griesing
Founder
Griesing Law, LLC

Ed Grose
Executive Director
Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association

Joseph Hill
Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System

C. Richard Horrow
President
Independence Business Alliance

Jeffery Ji
President, U-Combination Technology Partner,
Knighthawk Tours L.L.C.

Ajamu Johnson
Strategic Procurement
Comcast & NBCUniversal

Jamila Johnson
Reporter
Al Dia News

Jennifer Kerstetter
Business Development Officer/Store Manager
Republic Bank

Jayne Keyser
Owner
Bustard Advertising

Corvette Kittrell
Associate Director Hotel, Restaurant, Travel and Tourism
Philadelphia Academies Inc.

Kevin Johnson
President/CEO
Philadelphia OIC (Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc.)

John Kroll*
President
Keating Hospitality
PHLDiversity Advisory Board Vice-Chairman

Adé Lawal
President/Owner
Express Employment Professionals

Kelly Lee
Chief Cultural Officer
City of Philadelphia

David Lipson
CEO
Philadelphia Magazine

Andrew Lovell
Associate Director of Industry Relations
Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Alexis Lundeen
Managing Partner
Capital Grille

Kelly Meerbott
Principal/Leadership Coach/Corporate Trainer
YOU: Loud & Clear, Inc.

Britney Norman
Events and Promotions Manager
SugarHouse Casino

Leslie Patterson-Tyler
Director of Media Relations and Communications
Kimmel Center, Inc.

Geoff Pope
Vice President
ECBM, LP

Jodie Riccelli
Client Strategist
WebDevStudios

Chester Riddick
President/CEO
Alpha Enterprise Group

Jenea Robinson
Senior Media Relations Manager
Visit Philadelphia

Elvin Ross
Founding Member
Legis Group LLC

Jasmin Senior
‎Intern Program Manager
Comcast

Narasimha (Nick) Shenoy
President and CEO
Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

Richard Lee Snow*
Managing Partner
JoRi Consultants

Tami Sortman
Vice President
Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus

Javier A. Suárez
Executive Producer
Hispanic Choice Awards

Janice Sykes-Ross
Principal and Event Management Consultant
Request for Professionals, Inc.

Tiffany Tavarez*
Corporate Contributions Manager
PECO

Lowell Thomas
General Counsel
Philadelphia Housing Development Corp.

Ivan Turnipseed
Associate Professor and Chair, Hospitality & Recreation Management
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Patty Wilson-Aden
President & CEO
African American Museum in Philadelphia

William L. Wilson*
Principal-In-Charge
Synterra Ltd. & Synterra Partners
PHLDiversity Advisory Board Chairman

Kenneth Wong*
President
CIG Asia Ltd.

Omar Woodard
Principal
Venture Philanthropy Partners

James Zhang
Resident Manager
The Windsor Suites

*Denotes Executive Committee

 

Ex-Officio Board Members

Jack Ferguson*
President & CEO
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Honorable David Oh
Councilman-At-Large
Philadelphia City Council

Honorable Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez
Councilwoman-At-Large
Philadelphia City Council

Honorable Blondell Reynolds-Brown
Councilwoman-At-Large
Philadelphia City Council

 

Emeritus Board Members

A. Bruce Crawley
President
Millennium 3 Management
Chairman Emeritus

Nelson Diaz, Esq.
Partner
Dilworth Paxson, LLP

State Representative Dwight Evans
U.S. Congressman
Representing 2nd District of Pennsylvania

Audrey Johnson-Thornton
President
American Women’s Heritage Society

Ernest Jones, Esq.
Retired

Cheryl McClenney-Brooker

Tom Muldoon
President
Muldoon & Associates

Robert Nelson
Retired

Romona Riscoe Benson
President of Riscoe & Associates /
Manager, Corporate Relations
PECO

James A. Roundtree, Jr.
Director of Construction Diversity
PA Convention Center Authority

Ahmeenah Young
Former President & CEO
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Marty Young
Foundation Inc.

*Denotes Executive Committee

PHL Diversity welcomes our most recent Temple University Fox Board Fellow, Rikki-Quinn James-Renz!


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