Philadelphia Futures Elects Three New Members and New Executive Leadership to Its Board of Directors

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Philadelphia Futures is pleased to announce the election of three new members and new executive leadership to our Board of Directors effective January 28, 2021.

The three new members include David P. O’Connor, General Counsel, Head of Legal & Compliance, First Eagle Investment Management, Omar Crowder, Principal at Northeast High School, and Rónké Òké, Ph.D., Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) .

The organization also updated its titles to reflect the changing landscape of the nonprofit world. Kevin R. Boyle, formerly the President of the Board, is now the Chair of the Board and Raj Tewari, formerly Vice President of the Board, is now the Vice Chair of the Board. Sara Woods is the President and CEO of the organization. Additionally, Stuart George, Senior Vice President at Macquarie Group, will serve as the Treasurer of the Board.

“I am honored to work alongside these exceptional leaders and look forward to their contributions,” said Sara Woods, President and CEO. “They bring a wealth of experience to our organization and serve as models to our scholars as they embark on their path to college and career success. Together, we will implement our ambitious strategic plan and work towards a shared vision where every student in the city has what they need to succeed in college and thrive in life.”

Learn more about the new appointees:

David P. O’Connor is general counsel and head of Legal and Compliance at First Eagle Investment Management. A first-generation-to-college student himself, he received his bachelor’s degree from Gordon College and his JD degree with honors from Villanova University School of Law. David was previously a member of the Philadelphia Futures Board and has served as a volunteer with the organization in various capacities, including as a mentor.

Omar Crowder has served as the principal of Northeast High School since 2018. Prior to becoming a principal, Omar served as secondary social studies teacher, dean of students, social studies department chair, small learning community leader, teacher mentor, and an assistant principal. Omar holds a Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Secondary Education and B.A. in Sociology and Law and Justice from Central Washington University and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from West Governors University. He also holds a Principal Administrative Certification from Philadelphia Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools and a Certificate in School Management and Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Rònké A. Òké is the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) where she operationalizes the tools of her academic training to drive the strategic implementation of PAFA’s diversity change agenda. Dr. Òké also has a faculty appointment in PAFA’s Liberal Arts Department. Prior to this role, Dr. Òké was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at West Chester University. Dr. Òké received her B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Spelman College, M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Memphis, and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Penn State University. Dr. Òké specializes in race and identity formation with a particular emphasis on transnational conceptions of Blackness, decolonial feminist politics (Afro-feminism), and anti-racist, trans-structuralist social justice. Dr. Òké is a thought leader, literary artist, and a 2019 Leeway Foundation Art & Change grantee. In 2016, Dr. Òké founded The African Literati, a public programming company that provides curated events for companies, community organizations, and co-working spaces.Dr. Òké has a long history of moving throughout the non-profit, academic, and community-organizing worlds and has a deep commitment to DEIB. She is co-founding The National Consortium of Diversity Practitioners, a resource network for Black professionals in the DEIB space.

About the new officers being appointed:

Stuart George, Treasurer, is the Global Head of Equity Trading at Macquarie Investment Management (MIM) and former mentor of a Philadelphia Futures student. George received a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance from Franklin University, and he is a member of Trader Forum, Wall Street Friends, Buy-Side Equity Traders Roundtable, and former co-chairman of the Nasdaq Institutional Traders Advisory Council. He was previously a member of the board of directors for Healthy Markets, a market-based association, and is now Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Philadelphia Futures. In November 2017, George was named to the Black Enterprise list of “Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” for the second time.

Learn more about our Board of Directors by clicking here.


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