Philadelphia, February 7, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced Hope Caldwell as the City of Philadelphia’s Chief Integrity Officer, effective February 3, 2014. She became the City’s second Chief Integrity Officer, taking over for Joan Markman, who retired last week. Markman built the office beginning in January 2008 to promote a culture of honesty and transparency in the City. She also wrote the IntegrityWorks website to help employees, citizens and vendors understand the various ethics and contracting rules.
“Joan did tremendous work for the City, promoting an environment of transparency and ethical conduct for how we do business,” said Mayor Nutter. “Hope shares Joan’s commitment to this work and I know the values we share as public servants will continue under her leadership.”
Caldwell said, “I look forward to continuing the work that Joan began: serving as a resource for employees. I encourage employees, citizens and vendors to continue reaching out to our office with concerns.”
Since September 2011, Caldwell has served Chief Deputy Integrity Officer. During that time, she worked on contract and federal grant compliance as well as vacant land disposition policies. She sits on the Vacant Property Review Committee and was a member of Mayor Nutter’s Election Day 2012 Taskforce. Caldwell also worked with the Mayor’s Taskforce on City-Owned Facilities, particularly with regard to utilities. Prior to that, she spent five years in the City Law Department working in both the contracts and real estate units.
Caldwell obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Penn State University before working as copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She earned her law degree at Duquesne University School of Law and began her legal career at CDI Corporation in Philadelphia doing contracts and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. She currently is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Joining Caldwell in the office, Stephanie Tipton, Director of Public Works and Special Services in the City’s Procurement Department, will begin serving as the Deputy Chief Integrity Officer on February 18, 2014.
In the Procurement Department, Tipton oversees the bidding and contract process for the City’s public works and concession contracts, as well as, the City’s inventory, surplus disposal and inspection operations. Prior to her time with the Procurement Department, Tipton served as a Deputy Finance Director leading the City’s Contract Legislation Unit. Before joining the City, she spent five years with City Year Greater Philadelphia, an AmeriCorps program focused on keeping students in school and on-track to graduation.
Tipton holds a Masters in Education from Temple University with a concentration in Urban Education Policy and Research, and a Bachelors of Science in Broadcasting and English Literature from the University of Miami, Florida.