Philadelphia, October 4, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the appointment of seven new members, including himself, to the Community College of Philadelphia Board of Trustees.  Theses seven new members complete the 15 person Board and will begin serving their term immediately.  Mayor Nutter’s term will expire in 2014.


“The Community College of Philadelphia is an incredibly important higher education institution, preparing individuals for success in education and their careers.  My goal in appointing these new Board members, including myself, is to strengthen the City’s workforce development system and the vitality of our economy by aligning CCP, the School District of Philadelphia and other education, job, training and workforce development programs,” said Mayor Nutter.  “I look forward to serving as a member and look forward to working with all of the Board of Trustees for the Community College of Philadelphia.”


The new appointees to the Board of Trustees are:


  • Suzanne Biemiller is the First Deputy Chief of Staff in the Nutter Administration, after having served as his Interim Chief of Staff in 2011.  She previously worked as the City of Philadelphia’s Director of Policy, Planning and Coordination and as a consultant in the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. She has also worked for The Pew Charitable Trusts, the executive director of the Chestnut Hill Business Association and Business Improvement District; a legislative aide to former U.S. Representative Marjorie Margolies; and a project manager with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation’s Navy Yard redevelopment effort.  Her term will expire in 2014.


  • Mark Edwards is the President and CEO of Philadelphia Works, Inc., the single-largest workforce development entity in the city since 2011.  Edwards previously served as executive director of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s (LISC) Philadelphia office, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Germantown Settlement, Senior Vice President of the Urban League of Philadelphia and deputy Executive Director of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network.   His term will expire in 2018.


  • Mary Horstmann is the Deputy Director for Policy Planning and Coordination for the City of Philadelphia.  She works with administration leadership to develop innovative policy strategies on anti-poverty issues, including in the areas of food security and workforce development.  Her term will expire in 2016.


  • Dr. Judith Rényi is Executive Director of The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, working to introduce technology in adult learning, systems change, and the advancement of workforce literacy.  She previously served higher education as a Dean at New York University and Rosemont College, and Vice President of Academic Affairs at American College of Education.  She was the founding Executive Director of The Philadelphia Education Fund, the Executive Director of the school reform work sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation, and the President of The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education.  Her term will expire in 2018.


  • Jennie Sparandara is the Director of the Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN), a public private partnership of funders that invests in, evaluates and advocates for best practice efforts that narrow the gap between the skills of the region’s workforce and the talent needs of the region’s employers.  She previously served in the Nutter Administration as Director of Human Capital Investments.  Her term will expire 2018.


  • Stella Tsai is a business litigation partner at the Philadelphia office of Archer & Greiner, PC with a practice concentrating in ethics, corporate governance and compliance, and government affairs. She formerly served on the City of Philadelphia Ethics Board, Chair of Civic Engagement of the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission and is the immediate past President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania and current Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Diversity in the Profession Committee.  Her term will expire in 2018.


Jeremiah J. White, Jr. was reappointed to the Board of Trustees.  He is the President and CEO of White and Associates.  Over the last 30 years, he has worked with numerous non-profit organizations dedicated to citizen progress through education, entrepreneurship, social support and preventive health care.


The following Board Trustees will continue to serve:


  • Matthew Bergheiser, term expires 2014
  • Stacy E. Holland, term expires 2014
  • Willie Johnson, term expires 2016
  • Chad Don Lassiter, term expires 2016
  • Pa. Rep. James Roebuck, term expires 2016
  • Lydia Hernandez-Velez, term expires 2014
  • Beatriz F. Vieira, term expires 2016.
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