MAYOR NUTTER APPOINTS ASHLEY DEL BIANCO AS CHIEF GRANTS OFFICER

Philadelphia, February 13, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the appointment of Ashley Del Bianco as the Chief Grants Officer for the Mayor’s Office of Grants and Executive Director of the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia effective today.  In her new role, Ms. Del Bianco will advise the Mayor on how the City can be more competitive in attracting federal, state and philanthropic grants; oversee the coordination, completion and application for grant funding; ensure transparency throughout the funding process; evaluate the effectiveness of grant-funded projects; and regularly report results to grant providers and the public.

“Ashley Del Bianco has the skills, expertise and passion needed to be an effective leader of the Mayor’s Office of Grants, which has been vital in securing the resources our city needs to better serve our citizens,” said Mayor Nutter. “Her experience with the City in the Office of Innovation and Technology, working in areas of development and project leadership, and her background in grant management, program evaluation, applied research design and strategic planning make her supremely qualified for managing this important work. I want to welcome Ashley to the team and congratulate her on this exciting new role. I also want to thank our previous Chief Grants Officer, Maari Porter, for her service and outstanding leadership.”

Prior to joining the Grants Office and the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, Ms. Del Bianco worked for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology with the Innovation Management Group.  As part of this team, she co-directed the City’s innovation development strategy, including designing the City’s Innovation Lab, a co-working space for cross-team collaboration; initiating a partnership with the Innovation Academy and Philadelphia University, which trains high-potential City program managers to develop and implement creative, new processes for City solutions; and guiding the Innovation Working Group, a cross-agency team that generates tests and assesses innovative projects in City contexts.

Additionally, Ms. Del Bianco co-managed the Freedom Rings Partnership’s KEYSPOTS program, which established 80 public computer centers in Philadelphia neighborhoods to provide digital literacy training and reliable access to technology in underserved communities.

“I am honored to serve as the successor to the first Grants Officer, Maari Porter, who established a strong foundation for resource development through partnerships among the public, higher education, non-profit and private sectors,” said Ashley Del Bianco.  “I applaud Mayor Nutter for his leadership in establishing an Office of Grants, and for strengthening the role of the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia as an efficient and effective administrator of partners’ funds, these actions enable public and private resources to come together and work for the benefit of all Philadelphians.”

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