January 10, 2014– Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the departure of Terry Gillen, a veteran public servant and the Director of the City’s Office of Federal Affairs. Ms. Gillen will be leaving at the end of the month to work as an economic development adviser for several organizations focused on job creation and workforce development.
“Terry is a long-time friend and supporter who as my political director helped me get elected Mayor in 2007 and then served the City of Philadelphia first as an economic development adviser and then as executive director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority during a critical stage before taking on the Office of Federal Affairs,” Mayor Nutter said. “She’s a strong leader with powerful analytical skills. Among her many accomplishments, she played a key role in developing the nationally acclaimed Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program. On behalf of all Philadelphians, I thank her for her unstinting public service and I wish her well in her new endeavors.”
During her tenure as PRA Executive Director, Gillen oversaw a turnaround of the Authority, including correcting a $13 million accounting issue resulting from an audit of the prior administration’s anti-blight program. She also played a key role in helping the City obtain a $44 million federal housing grant that resulted in the creation of more than 300 units of affordable housing.
“It’s been an honor to serve the people of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter and his Administration, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in 6 years,” Ms Gillen said.
During the 1990s, she served in the Rendell Administration as a Deputy Commerce Director and senior VP of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., overseeing the Navy Yard plan that has resulted in the development of a new business park with more than 10,000 jobs.