Members of the Board of Directors

Sheila Hess, Chair

City Representative

City of Philadelphia

Sheila Hess was appointed to the role of City Representative for the City of Philadelphia in January 2016. The Office of the City Representative serves as the City of Philadelphia's events, marketing, promotion, production, public relations and hospitality-tourism arm.

Sheila came into this role after a successful career as the Director of Independence Blue Cross Foundation & Community Affairs, where she was responsible for the company's charitable $65 million private foundation. Designed as a national role model, the highly regarded charitable private foundation creates sustainable solutions to improve the health and wellness of our neighborhoods.

Driven by purpose and passion, Sheila has been a staunch steward of change contributing her time and talents to forwarding the philanthropic missions of the area's Variety The Children's Charity, which provides assistance to children and youth with physical and developmental disabilities, and Fred's Footsteps, a nonprofit established by the family of the late President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, G. Fred DiBona Jr., which serves families with ill and injured children through financial assistance. She also is active on the Advisory Board of Back on My Feet Philadelphia and a board member of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, Visit Philly, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Historic Philadelphia, PHLCVB Executive Committee, the DNC Host Committee, and the Marian Anderson Awards.

Sheila was the first female chair of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce' Young Professionals Network (YPN). She was United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania's Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) and an executive board member of Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Young America Political Action Committee (PAC). She is a Temple University graduate and recipient of the Diamond Excellence Award presented by Temple University Young Alumni. Sheila currently serves on a variety of non-profit boards in the community, where she has earned a reputation as a stellar coalition builder and compassionate, energetic advocate for the disadvantaged and underserved.

A difference maker, Sheila has been recognized as the Philadelphia Business Journal's


David Streim, Treasurer

Associate Director, Financial Services

Nonprofit Finance Fund

David is a Senior Investment Underwriter for Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national community development financial institution (CDFI) providing mission-driven organizations with financing for facility projects, equipment purchases, working capital, and program expansion. In addition to underwriting loans and New Markets Tax Credit investments, David also leads NFF’s Pay for Success investing, which provides flexible capital to health and human service providers for innovative programs, coupled with rigorous outcomes evaluation. Before joining NFF, David was with Opportunity Finance Network, managing a portfolio of loans to CDFIs around the country. He has taught economic development at the University of Pennsylvania and is an Adjunct Fellow at the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives. David received a BA from Vassar College and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.


Andrew Frishkoff, Member

Executive Director

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Andrew Frishkoff became Executive Director of Philadelphia LISC in February of 2011. Philadelphia LISC is a local program of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a national non-profit development organization dedicated to transforming distressed neighborhoods into healthy, sustainable communities of choice and opportunity.

Andrew first arrived in the Philadelphia area in 1984 to attend Haverford College. From 1988 to 2002, he served in leadership roles for several organizations involved in affordable housing and community development issues, including ACORN Housing Corporation of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Low Income Housing Coalition, and the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition.

Andrew earned an MBA from the Wharton School in 2003. While at Wharton, he remained active as a consultant in Philadelphia's community and economic development circles and helped design several loan programs for the City.

Prior to joining LISC, Andrew served for seven years as the Director of Neighborhood Economic Development for the City of Philadelphia's Commerce Department, Neighborhood Transformation Initiative and Empowerment Zone.


Sylvie Gallier-Howard, Member

Chief of Staff, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia

Sylvie Gallier Howard is Chief of Staff to the Director of Commerce. She assumed this position in January 2016 after serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development during the Nutter Administration. Prior to joining the City, Sylvie was the Principal and Founder of Clementine Consulting, providing guidance to non-profits and social enterprises working in areas such as education, social justice, economic development and immigration. She has served as the Executive Director of two community-based non-profits in Philadelphia: The Northwest Fund and The Empowerment Group. At the Empowerment Group, Sylvie started Philadelphia's first bilingual Spanish-English entrepreneurship training program. She has a B.A. in International relations from Barnard College of Columbia University and an M.A. in Sociology from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (a graduate school started by the United Nations Development Program to promote development in Latin America). She is fluent in Spanish and French.


Councilman Bobby Henon, Member

City Council of Philadelphia, 6th District

Councilman Bobby Henon represents Philadelphia’s 6th Council District in Northeast Philadelphia. He is a lifelong resident of the Northeast, where he lives with his wife Jill, and their two sons, Matt and Zack.

Prior to serving on City Council, Bobby served as Political Director for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 98. His work has included the overhaul of demolition practices and cracking down on tax delinquency, while focusing on quality of life and public health issues and reviving manufacturing in Philadelphia.

Most days, Bobby can be found working in the office or with his dogs Charlie and Loco.


Jazelle Jones, Member

Deputy Managing Director and Director of Operations for Special Events, City of Philadelphia

Jazelle has held the positions of Deputy Managing Director and Director of Operations since 2005. She is responsible for the oversight, coordination and execution of City services for the hundreds of parades, festivals, concerts, athletic events, fundraisers, signature events, and major motion picture film productions held each year in Philadelphia. Ms. Jones currently serves on the 2016 Democratic National Convention Host Committee and is the City's primary representative and liaison for the 2015 World Meeting of Families Conference and Papal visit.

Jazelle was originally appointed by the Mayor in November of 2001 as the Director of Planning for the Mayor's Office of Community Services, the City's Anti-Poverty Agency. Prior to joining the City of Philadelphia, Ms. Jones has held numerous managerial positions in the private sector. She is the recipient of the Governor's Award for Local Government Excellence, the American Red Cross Humanitarian Award, the Mayor's MVP Award, and the NAACP National Voter Fund Award. She and her husband, 4th District Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. have four children and live in the Wynnefield neighborhood of Philadelphia.


Staff

Ashley Del Bianco

Executive Director and Board Secretary, Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia

Ashley serves as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Fund, the Chief Grants Officer for the City of Philadelphia, and the Mayor’s Fund Board Secretary. Ashley comes to the Grants Office and the Mayor's Fund from the Innovation Management Group within the City of Philadelphia's Office of Innovation and Technology. She co-directed the City’s innovation development strategy and co-managed the Freedom Rings Partnership's KEYSPOTS program, which established 80 KEYSPOT public computing centers in Philadelphia neighborhoods to provide the digital literacy training and reliable access to technology in underserved communities.

Bringing a background in applied research design, strategic planning, professional development, program evaluation and adult learning and literacy, Ashley has worked in education and community-based contexts in Philadelphia and at the state and national level. She received her Master of Arts in Government Administration and a Master of Science in Education (Reading/Writing/Literacy) from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College.


Jasmine Sessoms

Deputy Director

Jasmine Sessoms joined the Mayor's Fund for Philadelphia in March as the Deputy Director. Jasmine is responsible for oversight of the Fund's daily operations, managing its governance strategy, and funder relations.

She brings to the Fund over 11 years of fund development and community relations experience. Prior to joining the Mayor's Fund Jasmine worked at ACE Group, overseeing all Employee Giving initiatives, volunteer activities, assisted with the company's philanthropic profile and various tax credit programs . While at ACE Jasmine oversaw an annual giving budget of $2.6 million, forging relationships with local and national non profits and foundations. Jasmine holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in Marketing Communications from Morgan State University, and a Masters in Organizational Development and Leadership from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Trudi Wright

Finance Manager

Trudi joined The Mayor's Fund for Philadelphia in 2000. As Finance Manager, she oversees the Fund's accounting, its financial records, grant distribution, and oversight of its accounting system. She brings to the Fund more than 20 years of experience in personal banking, including tax accounting and branch management. Trudi studied financial management and has a General Banking diploma from the American Institute of Banking. She currently serves as Vice President of the Board for Thrivent Financial, a non-profit organization that offers financial advice and services while supporting social causes. She has previously held the Board President and Financial Director positions at Thrivent Financial.


Emily Gowen

Program and Administrative Officer

Emily joined the Mayor's Fund for Philadelphia in March of 2014. As Program and Administrative Officer, Emily oversees all grant and contract management for the Fund. She drives the Fund’s communications and marketing efforts, and supports its governance strategy, client management, and daily operations.

Emily brings five years of Development experience to this role, having previously worked in fundraising and non-profit administration at several Philadelphia and New York cultural institutions. Most recently, she worked in capital campaign planning and operations for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Emily holds a degree in Individualized Study from New York University, where she studied Art History and Institutional Critique.


Carniesha Kwashie

Grant Manager, Better Bike Share Partnership

Carniesha joined the Mayor's Fund for Philadelphia in September of 2014.

As a Grant Manager, she supports The Fund and the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities with the management of Indego, Philadelphia's bike share system, as well its Better Bike Share Partnership, a national program to promote equity in bike share. Carniesha brings six years of contract management experience to this role. Most recently, she helped to manage federal workforce development initiatives nationally for underserved communities at OIC of America. Carniesha holds a M.S. in Interior Architecture and Design from Drexel University and a B.A. in Psychology and African- American Studies from Temple University.