Our Board

Our Board of Trustees is composed of active and caring leaders and professionals. The board is instrumental in building and maintaining relationships and acquiring support in the local community. You can reach the board by emailing board@youthbuildphilly.org.

Board of Trustees 2023-2024

Kiley Smith Kelly (Board Chair)
Ernst & Young

Whitney A.E. Arjun, Ed.D.
Director of Enrollment Management and Retention,
Penn State Abington

Maxwell Akuamoah-Boateng
Director of Operations
Community Schools

Darrell Davis
Public Engagement Department

Charles Esser
Founder and Director
Philadelphia Community School

Jared Farbman
Senior Strategy Analyst

Erin McNamara Horvat
Senior Vice Provost for for Faculty Advancement and Undergraduate Affairs
Drexel University

Carniesha Kwashie
Sr. Manager, Workforce Development, Corporate and Community Impact

Scott Lillis (Board Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair)
Regional President
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Melanie McCottry
Chief of Staff & SVP, External Affairs and Communications

Alvin McLaughlin
Retail Regional Leader
Truist Bank

Alicia Smith
Chief Human Resources Officer
Resources for Human Development

Jon Smollen
Independent Director
Astellas Pharma and Adjunct Faculty, Temple Law

Zachary Vigneault
Sales Consultant

April D. Voltz, E.d. D.
Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Community Engagement
Community College of Philadelphia

Catie Wolfgang
Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative
Pew Charitable Trusts

Committee Members

The following currently serve on the Development Committee:

Kiley Smith Kelly (Board Chair)
Principal, EY

Maxwell Akuamoah-Boateng
Director of Operations, Community Schools

The following currently serve on the Finance Committee:

Scott Lillis (Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair)
Regional President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Jared Farbman
Senior Strategy Analyst, Vanguard

Jocie Dye
Principal , Outsourcing, CLA

Mia Levine
BSA Officer, TD Bank

Todd Marzolf
Senior Project Consultant, IT Business Management, Willis Towers Watson

Michael McGuire
Account Executive, Johnson, Kendall & Johnson

Jon Smollen
Adjunct Faculty, Temple Law

Wayne W. Williams
Assistant Professor, Fox School of Business, Temple University

The following currently serve on the Program Committee:

Carniesha Kwashie ( Program Committee Chair)
Chief Equity & Strategy Officer, Bicycle Transit Systems

Whitney Arjun
Director of Enrollment, Penn State Abington

Ardita Koka
Technology Consultant, Ernst & Young

Margaret Robinson
Supervising Attorney, Philadelphia Legal Assistance

The following currently serve on the Governance Committee:

Melanie McCottry
VP, corporate communications & external affairs, PGW

Charles Esser
Founder and Director, Philadelphia Community School

The following currently serve on the Facilities Committee:

Bob Totaro (Chair)

Martin Brigham
Attorney, Raynes & Lawn Trial Lawyers

Scott Lillis
Regional President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Melanie McCottry
Director, Public Affairs, PGW

Friends of YouthBuild Philadelphia Board of Directors 2023-2024

Robert Totaro (Board Chair)
Founder and CEO, RCT Advisors

Marty Brigham (Board Secretary)
Attorney, Raynes & Lawn Trial Lawyers

Dr. David E. Thomas (Board Treasurer)
VP, Strategic Initiative & Community Engagement
Community College of Philadelphia

Melissa Jackson-Schmidt (Member)
Chief Program Officer
Campaign for Working Families

George Jenkins (Member)
GreenBuild Instructor
YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Board of Trustees Meeting 2023-2024

Board Meetings

Note: Any updates to this calendar will be posted to the youthbuildphilly.org website at least 48 hours in advance.

All Board meetings are open to the public and will occur in person at YouthBuild as opposed to virtually from now on.

Please email board@youthbuildphilly.org to RSVP for a particular Board meeting and receive all the important details.

To submit written comments for consideration at an upcoming meeting, please contact board@youthbuildphilly.org with the subject line “Board Meeting Comments”

To receive a copy of Board minutes, please click the link to the meeting date below, or contact board@youthbuildphilly.org with the subject line “Board Meeting Minutes Request (Date of Meeting)”

Board Meeting Minutes

February 24, 2023 Download

June 9, 2023 Download

August 4, 2023 Download

October 13, 2023 Download

December 11, 2023 Download

December 16, 2022 Download

October 14, 2022 Download

August 5, 2022 Download

June 29, 2022 (Special Meeting) Download

June 3, 2022 Download

April 28, 2022 (Special Meeting) Download

February 25, 2022 Download

December 10, 2021 Download

October 15, 2021 Download

August 6, 2021 Download

Annual Board Meeting – June 4, 2021 Download

February 19, 2021 Download

December 11, 2020 Download

October 9, 2020 Download

August 7, 2020 Download

June 26, 2020 Download

Annual Board Meeting- June 5, 2020 Download

April 17, 2020 Download

February 21, 2020 Download

For more information, or if you would like to be placed on the agenda to comment at a meeting, please contact:

Kianna Cooper

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