Bonnie Grant joined the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau in April, 2008, as Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress. With life sciences meetings representing close to 50% of convention business in the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Center City hotels, PHLCVB expanded the mission of the former greater Philadelphia Health Care Congress in 2005 to include biotechnology, medical, health care, higher education and research, pharmaceutical and venture capital industries. The congress was rebranded as PHL Life Sciences, a business development division of PHLCVB, in 2015.
As Executive Director, Bonnie is responsible for marketing Greater Philadelphia, ranked the second largest life sciences sector in the country, as “America’s Life Sciences Meetings Destination.” She manages more than 60 regional life sciences leaders from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, leveraging common resources to enhance awareness of the region as a vibrant destination for life sciences meetings and conventions. Representing public, private and academic entities, members of the Congress assist with sales, on-site services and sponsorship efforts, as well as promoting the region’s premier attractions in history, science, arts, culture and entertainment, all making for a unique and memorable Philadelphia convention experience.
For more than two decades, Bonnie has promoted Philadelphia to residents and visitors in positions with government, corporate and educational institutions. For nine years, she served as Deputy City Representative for the City of Philadelphia under the administrations of Mayors Edward G. Rendell and John F. Street. She has also served as director of communications and spokesperson for Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition; the Philadelphia Eagles; and Chestnut Hill College.
A breast cancer survivor, Bonnie serves on the board of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, Breast and Prostate Health Foundation, and is past board member of The Wellness Community of Philadelphia. A writer and actor, she is a board member of Random Acts of Theater, having written and produced RAT’s 2005 Fringe Festival show Still Blond, Still Here and Still a Wild Ride; and Women Who Have Walked through the Fire, a show about living with breast cancer.
Bonnie holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art and a Master’s in Journalism from Temple University.