Philadelphia, September 13, 2010 – Deputy Mayor for Administration and Coordination/Managing Director Rich Negrin appoints a new Chief of Staff and a new Deputy Managing Director. Brian Abernathy will serve as Chief of Staff. Mr. Abernathy replaces Steve Kennebeck who is leaving to take a position with the Federal government. Bridget Collins-Greenwald, who is currently Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, will assume the position of Deputy Managing Director made vacant by Mr. Abernathy’s appointment.
“Brian has been an invaluable member of the MDO team and is a trusted and experienced public servant who will serve as an asset to my office as Chief of Staff. Bridget brings a unique combination of both operations and administration and her rich experience in public service will greatly enhance the MDO team. I am delighted to and excited to welcome these two strong professionals into their new roles and look forward to working with them hand in hand in the days ahead to make our City better” said Managing Director Negrin.
As Chief of Staff, Mr. Abernathy will create action plans on City issues for the Managing Director and senior officials help implement the Managing Director’s vision, and take a strong role in the administration and coordination of City departments. In addition to these duties, Mr. Abernathy will continue to work on special projects such as the Private Sector Outreach Board and a comprehensive, unified land management policy.
“I’m looking forward to working closely with the Managing Director and the challenges of this new position” said Mr. Abernathy of his appointment.
As Deputy Managing Director, Ms. Collins-Greenwald will continue her work on the issue of vacant property that she began with the Department of Licenses and Inspections. As such, she will work on operational and policy issues as well as special projects as assigned by the Managing Director such as coordinating the implementation of the PSA model designed to enhance quality of life. Additionally, she will provide operational support to all City departments as needed and assist with the coordination functions across the operational departments.
Both appointments are effective October 1, 2010.
Brian Abernathy joined the Managing Director’s Office in February 2010. As a Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Abernathy coordinates the Private Sector Outreach Board and is working with the Finance Department on a unified land management policy. Prior to joining the Administration, he served as City Councilman Frank DiCicco’s Director of Policy and Legislative Aid since 2004. While in Council, Mr. Abernathy initiated the Civic Vision for the Central Delaware River, drafted the legislation creating the Zoning Code Commission and worked with dozens of community leaders on neighborhood concerns. He is currently Vice-President of the Board of Directors at the Arden Theatre Company, has previously served on the Board of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and represents the Managing Director at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Mr. Abernathy graduated from Coker College in Hartsville, SC and lives in South Philadelphia with his wife Elizabeth and their family.
Ms. Collins-Greenwald is currently the Deputy Commissioner of Operations for L&I. In that capacity, she oversees the activity of the Clean & Seal, Emergency Services and Abatement, Code Violation Resolution, Housing Code Enforcement, Commercial and Industrial Fire, and Business Compliance units. Ms. Collins-Greenwald has experience in both operations and administration having served as an Assistant Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Manager, and Administrative Services Director within the City government. Ms. Collins-Greenwald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Drexel University and received her Master of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Holy Family University. Ms. Collins-Greenwald is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), and serves on the Philadelphia SHRM Chapter’s Emerging Leaders’ Committee. She lives in the Northeast section of the city with her family.