Our Commitment to Equity

The following statement from the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and our members was also printed in the Wednesday, June 17, 2020 editions of AL DÍA, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Philadelphia Tribune.

As members of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, our businesses represent over 600,000 employees in 11 counties, across three states. Our companies, firms, and organizations come in all sizes and hail from a broad spectrum of industries.

The events of recent weeks have laid bare the gross racial inequities that persist in our society. Today, and forever more, we must be clear in our call for equal justice under the law and the end of systematic racism, police brutality, and economic injustice. This is why, as a business community, we pledge the following:

  • We will seek outside input, identify areas for change, and put monitoring systems in place to hold ourselves accountable.
  • We will listen to our communities and our hearts to create economic empowerment for all.
  • We will set a high standard for diversity, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of our work.
  • We will nurture and promote a new generation of Black and Brown executives, board members, and entrepreneurs.
  • We will work with public officials to accelerate inclusive economic opportunities.
  • We will be allies and advocates for those who have been voiceless.
  • We will listen, not judge.
  • We will serve others.

Prior to the death of George Floyd and the sweeping calls for reform his killing catalyzed, statements such as these may have been approached with cynicism; viewed as aspirational at best and insincere at worst. But something has changed over the past weeks and we are energized to listen, learn, and act.

For many of us, we are continuing a longstanding commitment to the fight for equality, while for others these will be new priorities for our organizations. But we are certain that with much urgency, hard work, collaboration, and understanding we will be part of bringing lasting change.

Yours in an equitable future,

Timothy J. Abell
Firstrust Bank

Monica Allen
Villanova University

Dario C. Altieri, M.D.
The Wistar Institute

Joel Anderson
Five Below

Michael Araten
Sterling Drive Ventures

Bruce D. Armon, Esquire
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Mary Stengel Austen

Chetan Bagga
Archetype Solutions Group

Silvana Battaglia

Nick Bayer

Madeline Bell
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Gregory S. Bentley
Bentley Systems, Inc.

Matthew Bergheiser
University City District

Keith Bethel

David R. Binswanger

John K. Binswanger

Emily L. Bittenbender
Bittenbender Construction LP

Robert W. Bogle
Philadelphia Tribune Company, Inc.

Sarah Bouchard
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Ryan N. Boyer
Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity

Steven S. Bradley
Bradley & Bradley Associates Inc.

David Brenner
Macquarie Investment Management, Americas

Pierre Brondeau
FMC Corporation

Marc Brownstein
Brownstein Group

Christopher L. Bruner
Ernst & Young LLP

Deanna M. Byrne

Valerie Camillo
Philadelphia Flyers & Wells Fargo Center Comcast Spectacor

Anthony Campisi
Annodyne, Inc.

James M. Campolongo

Michael C. Carbone
TD Bank

James H. Carll, Esquire
Archer & Greiner

Craig Carnaroli
University of Pennsylvania

David L. Cohen
Comcast Corporation

Marc Coleman
The Tactile Group

Steven H. Collis

Benjamin J. Connors
General Building Contractors Association

Michael Conway
McKinsey & Company

Joseph F. Coradino
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust

Rev. Luis Cortés Jr.

Elizabeth A. Dale, EdD, MPA
Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health

M. Walter D’Alessio
NorthMarq Advisors LLC

Nicholas DeBenedictis
Essential Utilities

Robert Delany
PFM Asset Management LLC

David A. DeLizza

Sean Denham
Grant Thornton LLP

Pasquale “Pat” T. Deon, Sr.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

James F. Dever, Jr.
Bank of America

Keith S. DiMarino
DocuVault Delaware Valley LLC

Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A.
Villanova University

Joseph A. Dougherty
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Larry Dubinski
Franklin Institute

Richard M. Englert, Ed.D.
Temple University

Anne Ewers
The Kimmel Center, Inc.

Gerard A. Fasano

Christopher Fiorentino
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, CFA
Citizens Bank

Christopher H. Franklin
Essential Utilities

Joseph A. Frick
Diversified Search

John A. Fry
Drexel University

Donald Generals, Jr.
Community College of Philadelphia

Michael F. Gerber
FS Investments

Christopher Gheysens

James B. Ginty

Peter Gonzales
Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Geoff Gordon
Live Nation Entertainment

Francine Friedman Griesing
Griesing Law, LLC

Jeff Guarancino

Amy Gutmann, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania

Janet Haas, M.D.
William Penn Foundation

Susan S. Hakkarainen
Lutron Electronics

William P. Hankowsky

Ernest R. Hanna, III
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.
La Salle University

Patrick T. Harker, Ph.D.
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Ric Harris
NBC10 and Telemundo62

Michael J. Heller, Esquire
Cozen O’Connor

Curt Hess
University City Science Center

Daniel J. Hilferty
Independence Health Group

Michael B. Hill
Synterra, Ltd./Synterra Partners

Thomas J. Holt, Jr.
Holt Logistics Corp.

Ali A. Houshmand, Ph.D.
Rowan University

Michael Innocenzo

Alan Jacobson
J2 Design & Exit Design

Susan Jacobson
Jacobson Strategic Communications

Lawrence James
Connexus Technology

Philip P. Jaurigue
Sabre Systems, Inc.

Stephen L. Johnson
American Airlines

Robert D. Kane

Alan J. Kaplan
Kaplan Partners

Andrew C. Kassner, Esquire
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Joseph Kirk
Wells Fargo

Ronald J. Kozich

Kevin Leininger

Paul Lemmo
Lockheed Martin

Rodger Levenson

David H. Lipson, Jr.
Philadelphia Magazine; MetroCorp Content Studio

Amy T. Loftus
Slalom Philadelphia

Susan Lonergan
Fulton Bank, NA

John J. “Jack” Lynch III
Main Line Health

Garry Maddox
A. Pomerantz & Co

Malik Majeed, Esquire
PRWT Services, Inc.

William J. Marrazzo
WHYY, Inc.

Sharmain Matlock-Turner
Urban Affairs Coalition

Frank Mattei

Ronald B. Matthew, Jr.
TD Bank

Shawn McCaney
William Penn Foundation

Ashley A. McEvoy
Johnson & Johnson

Jami Wintz McKeon, Esquire
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Robert J. McNeill, Jr.
Deloitte LLP

John J. McNichol
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Brad Messinger
Willis Towers Watson

Joseph G. Meterchick
PNC Bank

Edgar Miranda

Scott B. Mirkin
ESM Productions

Judith L. Mondre
Mondre Energy, Inc.

Edward A. Montgomery
United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey

Bruce Myer
Jefferson Health & Thomas Jefferson University

Curtis J. Myers
Fulton Bank

Henry Nassau
Dechert LLP

Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH

Anne Bovaird Nevins

John Otte

David C. Pacitti
Siemens Healthineers

Raymond J. Pennacchia
NovaCare Rehabilitation

Angelo R. Perryman
Perryman Building and Construction Services

Louis A. Petroni, Esquire
Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads

Robert M. Poliseno

Bernie Prazenica

Trevor Pritchett
Yards Brewing Company

Joseph Pulicare

Ronald R. Rabena
Allied Universal Security Services

Matt Rader
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Sulaiman Rahman

Ajay Raju, Esquire
Dilworth Paxson LLP

Pedro A. Ramos
Philadelphia Foundation

Siobhan A. Reardon
The Free Library of Philadelphia

Mark C. Reed, Ed.D.
Saint Joseph’s University

Tim Reeves
Allen & Gerritsen

Lori F. Reiner, CPA
Eisner Amper, LLP

Paul D. Ridder
Tasty Baking Company

Jennifer Rodríguez
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Steve Rosen
Aloysius Butler & Clark

Roseann B. Rosenthal
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Nicole Pullen Ross
Goldman Sachs & Co.

Ronald Rubin
Rubin Group LLC

William R. Sasso, Esquire
Stradley Ronon

Maria Scenna
Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Jay H. Shah
Hersha Hospitality Trust

Narashima B. Shenoy, MBA, PE
Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

Molly D. Shepard
The Leader’s Edge

Kate Shields
Vault Communications

Larry Skinner
Conversion Technologies International

Evelyn F. Smalls
United Bank of Philadelphia

Sidney V. Smith, Jr.
Newmark Knight Frank

Don Smolenski
Philadelphia Eagles

John Spagnola
PFM Group

Manuel Stamatakis
CME Benefits Consulting

Russ Starke
Think Company

Susanne Svizeny
OceanFirst Bank N.A.

Gerard H. Sweeney
Brandywine Realty Trust

H. Marc Tepper, Esquire
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Philadelphia Office

David Thornburgh
Committee of Seventy

Nicole J. Tranchitella

Daniel R. Tropeano
UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania & Delaware

Paul Tufano
AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies

Mark A. Turner

Richard Vague
Gabriel Investments

Judith M. von Seldeneck
Diversified Search

John L. Walsh, Jr.
UGI Corporation

Jeffrey Warmann
Monroe Energy, LLC

Joan Waters
COFCO Office Furnishings

David Webb
Boston Consulting Group

Donovan West
African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ and DE

Gilbert A. Wetzel

Craig White
Philadelphia Gas Works

Zachary Wilcha
Independence Business Alliance

Barton J. Winokur, Esquire
Dechert LLP

Julie E. Wollman, PhD
Widener University

Rob Wonderling
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Dawn Holden Woods
Turning Points for Children, A PHMC Subsidiary

David Yadgaroff
Entercom Philadelphia

David Yager
University of the Arts

Harold L. Yoh, III
Day & Zimmermann