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We are thankful to all who serve as our advisors, supporters, and champions to help guide and realize our mission.

Advisory Board Members and Committees

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia is proud of the diversity of lived experiences, talents, networks, and ideas to create meaningful and positive opportunities for our Scholars and Teaching Fellows. 

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Jason Duckworth

BTGP Chair and President, Acadia Land Company

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Francine Boone

Sr. Director/Managing Counsel, Environmental Resources Management, Inc.

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William Bowie

President & CEO of Empower Construction


Cornelius Brown

Principal, Bohler Engineering

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Abe Diallo

Senior Vice President, Truist

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Eugenie Walsh Flaherty, Ph.D.

Retired, Psychologist

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James Degnan, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Measurement and Institutional Research
Temple University (retired)


Robin Friedman

Co-Leader of Community Connections Program at Breakthrough, GFS English Department

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Beth Gonzales

Deputy Director of Policy, Planning, and Performance Management for the Office of Homeless Services in the City of Philadelphia


Walter Greason, Ph.D.

DeWitt Wallace Professor in the Department of History at Macalester College

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Jamal Hill, Esq.

Associate Counsel, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment

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Sue Lee

Founder and CEO, Lesura Strategies

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Darren Spielman

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Resource Council


Keino Terrell

Head of Middle School, Germantown Friends School

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Sarita Malakar

Deputy General Counsel, Corporate and Assistant Secretary, Vectrus

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Michelle Todd-Coleman

Assistant Principal, Edwin Forrest Elementary School


David Wade

Chief of Staff, PA Office of Transformation & Opportunity


David Zavitz

General Manager, Outside Plant Construction, CDTI


Laurena Zeller, Ed.D.

Principal, Add B Anderson School

Development Committee

Cornelius Brown  |  Abe Diallo  |  Eugenie Flaherty, Ph.D.  |  Beth Gonzales

Walter Greason, Ph.D.  |  Sarita Malakar  |  Darren Spielman  |  David Wade

Program Committee

Francine Boone  |  William Bowie  |  James Degnan, Ph.D.  |  Robin Friedman

Matt Greenawalt  |  Jamal Hill  |  Marnie Kerr  |  Priscilla Kinney  |  Keino Terrell  |  Laurena Zeller, Ed.D.  |  David Zavitz

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