The Board of Directors is responsible for leading the Co-op and guiding the organization. They have been elected by the member-owners to act on their behalf. The Board is committed to absorbing the membership’s needs and wants, with a goal of making the best possible decisions for the organization as a whole.
Elections for the Board of Directors take place at our spring general membership meeting each year. Each member is elected to serve a two-year term, which commences at the July Board meeting following elections. The Board is comprised of 13 positions; seven of those positions are up for election in even-numbered years and six are up for election in odd-numbered years.
Jessica Calter - President (current term ends June 2018)
Jessica has been a proud resident of South Philadelphia since 2010 when she returned to the neighborhood of her grandparents now called Dickinson Square West. An active member of her South Philadelphia community, Jessica serves as the Board Treasurer for the Friends of Manton Street Park and Community Garden. Jessica is also a member of the Board of Directors of Good Company Ventures, a next level social impact accelerator. As a board member of the South Philly Food Co-op, Jessica has served on the Real Estate and Operations Committees. Professionally, Jessica has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management with expertise in strategy, fundraising and marketing. She currently oversees strategic communications in economic development as the Vice President of Marketing Communications for PIDC. Previously as the Director of Institutional Advancement at Arden Theatre Company, Jessica managed the $5.8 million capital campaign and expansion into the new Hamilton Family Arts Center. Jessica holds an MBA from Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University and a BFA in Drama from Syracuse University. Jessica enjoys having fun in the community with her husband, daughter, neighbors and friends.
Angel D'Ippolito - Vice President (current term ends June 2018)
Angel planted her roots with her now-husband in South Philly in 2002. She is a real estate and business attorney licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, currently working in the Law Department at Amtrak. She earned an MBA with a focus on executive management from the Fox School of Business at Temple University in June 2017. Prior to arriving at Amtrak in 2015, Angel was a partner in the boutique law firm of Sherman, Silverstein, Kohl, Rose & Podolsky in Moorestown, NJ. She served as a judicial law clerk in the New Jersey State Judiciary post-graduation from the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State. In South Philly, Angel previously served on the Board of Directors of the Passyunk Square Civic Association, holding the positions of Vice President, Treasurer, and the Chair of the Outreach and Events Committees. She also serves as a volunteer attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates, where she earned the Distinguished Advocate honor in 2016. Driven by a challenge and a love for the South Philly community, Angel joined the South Philly Food Co-op’s real estate committee in 2012, becoming the co-chair of that committee. She joined the Board of Directors of the Co-op in 2014 and became the Vice President and the Chair of the Facilities Committee in 2016.
Anna Kisiel - Treasurer (current term ends June 2018)
Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Anna has lived in Philadelphia for 11 years, over 7 of which have been spent in her Pennsport home that she shares with her boyfriend and two sons. Anna has a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the University of Pittsburgh and her MBA with a marketing concentration from Drexel University. In her professional career, she has worked in finance, operations and marketing. The majority of her career was spent in the banking industry, which allowed her to work with many for-profit and nonprofit businesses in the greater Philadelphia area, including Weavers Way, which encouraged her to get involved with the South Philly Food Co-op. Before joining the Board in 2015, Anna volunteered on the Operations Committee for several years. Anna is passionate about food, thinks that food helps bring people together, and is excited to strengthen the South Philly community through the Co‑op.
Matt Stern - Secretary (current term ends June 2018)
Originally from the suburbs outside New York City, Matt’s first Keystone city was Pittsburgh, where he attended undergrad. In 2009, he moved from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia to attend graduate school in the area. Upon graduation, he chose Philadelphia as his home and South Philly as his neighborhood. Matt works as the Electricity Program Manager for The Energy Co-op and oversees the delivery of renewable electricity to thousands of the Co-op’s member-owners. Matt see his day job and the Co-op as part of the same effort to make Philly a more resilient and sustainable city -- one household at a time. He holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in energy and environmental policy from the University of Delaware. In his free time, Matt enjoys long runs in and around the city, backpacking in the woods and traveling throughout the world.
Nathaniel Cauldwell (current term ends June 2019)
Nat had been a lifetime New Yorker until 2011 when he moved to Philly with his family. He continues to work as the systems administrator/network engineer/web developer for the small manufacturing company on Long Island where he’s been working since college, although the commute has become much better since he now works from home. Aside from spending time with his family, Nat enjoys using his talents for the good of the community, which is how he got involved with the South Philly Food Co-op. Answering the call for “Database Dorkery” help, Nat assisted with the migration to the co-op’s current CRM system and has since helped reboot the IT committee. Nat also volunteers his technical know-how to the Philly Free School where his eldest son is currently enrolled.
Alison L. Fritz (current term ends June 2018)
Originally from Southampton, NY, Alison Fritz moved to Philadelphia in 2002 to join AmeriCorps VISTA for a post at Simon Gratz High School working with inner-city youth.Since then, she has worked for several regional nonprofits and moved from education and program development into the fundraising arena, most recently as a grant writer for WHYY, then as Associate Director of Donor Relations at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and later as the Director of Development at The Philadelphia School, where she now works as the Director of Admission for Early Childhood.Alison was introduced to the co-op movement during her first years in Philadelphia as a member of Weavers Way.She moved to the Passyunk Square neighborhood with her husband, Dan Pohlig, in 2008 and was instantly drawn to the community building efforts through her civic association.In April 2010, Alison convened a meeting about establishing a co-op, and together with her new friends and neighbors, helped found the South Philly Food Co-op initiative. Alison served as president of the board from its inception in 2011 until June 2015. She is a member of the Operations and Outreach committees.
Jose Garcia (current term ends June 2019)
Jose grew up in Bucks County and has been a Philadelphian since attendingPhiladelphia University for his bachelor of architecture degree.He has been a Co-op member since 2012 and, shortly after, joined the Real Estate Committee.He has since transitioned to be a member of the Co-op’s Board of Directors and the Facilities Committee. By day, Jose is an architect with PZS Architects with whom has worked for 11 years, including on notable Philly projects such as 10 Rittenhouse and Temple’s Morgan Hall. Outside of work and Co-op duties, Jose enjoys everything that South Philly and East Passyunk have to offer him along with his wife, Erin, and daughter, Susie.
Leigh Goldenberg (current term ends June 2019)
Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, Leigh moved to South Philly from New York in 2007. She chaired the Co-op’s Program and Events Committee from 2012-2014, including oversight of two Garden Tours and dozens of other recruitment, fundraising, and engagement events. Outside of the Co-op, Leigh is the Executive Director of Theatre Philadelphia, the region’s marketing and audience development organization for theatres. Previously, she was Director of Marketing for Wash Cycle Laundry, a sustainable laundry service that delivers by bicycle and creates jobs for vulnerable adults. Also in Philadelphia, she has held positions at Arden Theatre Company, Lantern Theater Company, and provided consulting services to a host of mission-driven organizations. Leigh chairs the Friends of Kirkbride Elementary, is in the 2017 Class of Leadership Philadelphia’s Connectors and Keepers, and was a member of the 2016 Class of Philly Girls Do Good, which celebrates women leaders in community development. She holds a degree in Theatre Production and Management from Marymount Manhattan College. Her writing has been featured in Philly Love Notes and Spoke Magazine, and she’s appeared on ABC’s The $100,000 Pyramid and the DIY Network’s Kitchen Impossible. Leigh is the proud owner of a South Philadelphia row home that has a garage filled with bicycles she rides with her husband and daughter.
Carolyn Huckabay (current term ends June 2019)
The intersection of food justice, community engagement and the neighborhood she calls home brought Carolyn to the South Philly Co-op community -- first as a volunteer with the Marketing and Communications Committee, then as that committee’s co-chair, and now as a member of the Co-op’s Board of Directors. Originally from Bethesda, MD, Carolyn earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington) and has lived in Philadelphia for over a decade, working in journalism and public relations. She is currently Communications Manager at The Food Trust, a Philadelphia-based healthy food access nonprofit organization. She lives in East Passyunk with her husband, daughter and two cats.
Ana Ramos (current term ends June 2019)
Diversity, food, culture, entrepreneurship and friendships are all things that Ana Ramos adores about South Philadelphia. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Ana has called Philadelphia home for nearly 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. As a Project Manager with The Food Trust, a Philadelphia-based food access non-profit, she works with bodega owners in New Jersey to increase the amount of healthful foods sold in their stores. (Her family still owns bodegas right here in Philadelphia). Ana has been an active member of the immigrant justice community, enjoys biking, eating delicious meals with her partner, caring for her plants and spending Sunday afternoons with her large family. She is excited to join the SPFC board of directors and dreams about creating a more just and equitable community in Philadelphia and beyond.
Marquis Tavon Upshur (current term ends June 2019)
Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Marquis currently works as the Vice President of Human Resources for Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Philadelphia’s premier economic development agency. As Vice President of Human Resources, Marquis leads efforts to attract, develop and retain the talent needed for PIDC to expand its reach and impact, including all hiring, training, and professional development. He has more than 15 years of experience managing human resource programs support for both for-profit and non-profit employers. Prior to his role with PIDC, Marquis served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Philabundance, where he lead human resources programs and operations planning for the nonprofit food bank. Marquis earned a bachelor’s degree from Albright College, a master’s degree from Duquesne University, and a MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is also a licensed Insurance Producer in the State of Pennsylvania, and spends most of his free time with his partner of 8 years and their puppy, Lilyrose.
Katy Travaline (current term ends June 2018)
Katy’s heart has always been connected to Philly, having spent a lot of time in the city growing up just over the bridge in South Jersey, and she planted her roots in South Philly over a decade ago. Since then, she has earned a doctorate in environmental policy and committed herself to community engagement and justice for all, with a focus on environmental and food justice. She is currently the Interim Managing Director of Drexel University's Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. Katy joined the Co-op in 2012, served as the Speakers Bureau Manager (2012-2017) and on the Outreach/Member Services Committee (2015-2017), joined the Board of Directors in July 2016, and now chairs the Food Justice & Equity Committee. Her passions are too many to list here, but she enjoys living with her husband, two dogs, and cat, in the Point Breeze neighborhood, growing greens with neighbors, and biking around the City.
Emily Wyner (current term ends June 2018)
Emily went to her first South Philly Food Co-op general membership meeting four days after moving to the neighborhood. It's a chicken-or-egg game, really, as to whether the Co-op drove her to plant roots in South Philly or the feeling of community in South Philly drove her to become and remain involved in the Co-op. Emily spent her early professional years in women’s and public health. As the first-ever Business Integration Manager at Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), she led change initiatives across 200+ community-facing programs and 2,000+ employees with the aim of more effectively wrapping services around each unique client. Emily also served on PHMC’s workplace wellness committee, through which she developed and taught workshops on mindfulness and wellbeing. She holds a certificate in applied positive psychology from The Flourishing Center, the B Corp where she most recently served as the Communication Specialist, driving communications and business operations. Emily now works independently as a facilitator and communication consultant. She holds a bachelor’s in anthropology from Tufts University and is pursuing her master’s in organization development and leadership at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. An improv school graduate, Emily brings a playful approach to the work she takes seriously: creating and sustaining a more just world.