Matt Rader

President, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Matt Rader is the 37th President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He is focused on deepening and expanding PHS’s efforts to use horticulture to advance the greater good in the Greater Philadelphia Region and beyond. Gardens and landscapes have shaped Matt’s life. He has lived and worked in magnificent landscapes from the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania to Stowe Landscape Garden, the University of Virginia, Monticello, and Fairmount Park. He combines a passion for horticulture with a deep love for historic preservation and cities. Matt grew up in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor’s in Architectural History from the University of Virginia and Master’s of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Center City Philadelphia with his partner Michael Smith, a conductor and organist.


Paul B. Redman

President & Chief Executive Officer, Longwood Gardens

Paul B. Redman is an award-winning leader of public gardens, known for his dedication to the beauty and sustainability of gardens, and to the training of future generations of horticulture professionals. A hallmark of Paul’s leadership is building a culture of planning to propel a shared vision forward.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Longwood Gardens for the last 14 years, Paul has implemented institutional and strategic reforms that have positioned the Gardens as a premier horticultural, cultural, and educational institution of the 21st Century, while respecting the values of its founder, Pierre S. du Pont. While numbers aren’t the only measure of success, especially during this tumultuous time across the globe, Longwood’s growth as an economic engine, a cultural treasure, and a community supporter cannot be overlooked. Since Paul’s arrival attendance has doubled to almost 1.54 million visitors per year; Membership support increased from 17,000 to 73,000 households; and earned income has almost tripled. 

New community engagement programs have been created providing greater access; thousands of hours of staff time, talents, and annual funds have been donated to local and national organizations; and free virtual field trips have taught tens of thousands of children around the world. In May 2020, Longwood Gardens was still ranked the most visited paid public garden in North America and the most visited paid cultural attraction in Philadelphia.

A consummate professional, Paul freely shares his time and expertise, serving as the Leadership Cabinet Co-Chair for Seed Your Future, a national initiative to promote awareness and careers in horticulture; and previously serving as Board President and Treasurer of the American Public Gardens Association. His honors include: 2018 National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence; 2017 Distinguished Alumnus from the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University; 2016 American Public Gardens Association Award of Merit; the International Garden Tourism Network’s 2015 Person of the Year; 2015 American Horticultural Society’s Professional Award; 2014 Wyck Strickland Award; 2014 American Society of Horticultural Science’s Dr. William A. “Tex” Frazier Lecturer; 2012 CEO of the Year by the Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Business & Industry; 2008 Distinguished Horticulture Alumnus from Oklahoma State University; and where his professional career first began, Franklin Park Conservatory, receiving the Ann Islay Wolfe Award for extraordinary contributions to the organization.

Paul has been working and studying in the field of public horticulture for more than 30 years. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Horticulture from Oklahoma State University.


Jessica Powers

MBA Candidate, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Jessica Powers is an MBA Candidate at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to beginning her MBA program, she served as an Investment Research Analyst in the Vanguard Group’s product development division. She started her career in’s leadership development program at the company’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington. 

While in Seattle, she was an active volunteer with ArtsFund, an arts advocacy organization, and completed their board-training program. Upon returning to the Philadelphia area, Jessica became a founding member of the Emerging Leaders Circle of the Cultural Alliance and now serves on the ELC’s steering committee. She is also a founding member and chair of the Philadelphia Theater Company’s young friends’ group, and she serves on the organizing committee of Play Brawl, PTC’s annual fundraising gala.

Originally from Huntingdon Valley, Jessica earned a presidential scholarship to Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown where she graduated with distinguished honors. She earned a Bachelor of Science with honors from Cornell University where she was selected as an Outstanding Senior. 

In addition to enjoying all of Philadelphia’s cultural offerings, Jessica now lives in Wayne, practices yoga and Pilates, and ten years later, is still learning this game called golf. 


Hugh McStravick

Vice President, Client and Community Relations, PNC 

Hugh McStravick is the Vice President of Client and Community Relations for the Philadelphia, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey region of PNC. He is responsible for PNC’s regional foundation grantmaking, community sponsorships, and employee volunteer programs, as well as, PNC’s client entertainment and employee recognition event strategies. Through his work with PNC’s signature philanthropic programs – PNC Grow Up Great and PNC Arts Alive – he brings a range of experience from his involvement with many of the region's art, cultural, community and educational non-profit organizations. McStravick is deeply committed to making a difference in his community through his involvement with several area non-profits. He currently serves on the board of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and is an active member of the steering committee for the Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council. Prior to joining PNC in 2012, McStravick worked as a Development Officer at his Alma Mater, Gettysburg College, where he also earned a BA degree in Political Science.


Stanford Thompson

Founder & Executive Director, Play On, Philly!

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Play On, Philly! and Founding Board Chairman of El Sistema USA, bringing music education to students in underserved areas throughout Philadelphia and beyond. Recognized as a TED Fellow, Stanford believes that music education is a powerful tool for positive personal and community change. Mr. Thompson serves on the faculties of the Global Leaders Program, SAAVY Arts Venture, and Dean of the Sphinx LEAD program while regularly lecturing at major Universities and Conservatories about leadership, entrepreneurship and social justice. As a consultant, he has guided the development of dozens of music programs across the United States and collaborated with major orchestras and arts organizations to develop new strategies and initiatives that helps provide equitable access to the arts. As a professional trumpeter, Stanford has performed as soloist and section member with major orchestras around the world and continues to perform chamber music and jazz. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA and hold degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellows Program.


David Brigham

President & CEO, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 

David R. Brigham, Ph.D. is president and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), the nation’s first museum and first school of fine arts. Joining PAFA in 2007 as the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum, he was promoted by the board of trustees in 2010 to his current role. 

Under Brigham’s leadership, PAFA increased its operating budget from $12 to $22 million, annual attendance doubled, contributions more than doubled, scholarship support for PAFA students more than tripled, and the art collection grew by more than 4,000 works. In addition, the campus was improved by the addition of Lenfest Plaza, the Center for the Study of the American Artist, new classrooms and technology for the Illustration Department, a new Alumni Gallery, the Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery, the Community Education Center, and a new café. Construction is underway for a multidisciplinary Arts Center, student gallery, and art storage vault. 

Brigham has guided PAFA to earn accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and overseen the addition of two academic programs: an undergraduate major in fine arts illustration and low-residency MFA degree. He has reinforced PAFA’s commitment to gender and ethnic diversity, which is reflected in that students of color comprise more than 30 percent of the academy’s student body. 

Brigham earned bachelor’s degrees in English and accounting, summa cum laude, from the University of Connecticut, before earning his master’s in museum studies/American civilization and doctorate in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. He has published, organized exhibitions, and delivered invited lectures on a broad range of American art from the 17th to late 20th centuries, including a book about PAFA’s founder Charles Willson Peale.


John Brady

President & Chief Executive Officer, Independence Seaport Museum

John Brady has 32 years of experience working in the Maritime Preservation Field. During that time he has worked at South Street Seaport, Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, and Independence Seaport Museum. Before becoming CEO, John was Director of Independence SeaportMuseum’s Workshop on the Water for 16 years, bringing the Workshop to national prominence as a boatbuilding and maritime education center.

In addition, he serves as an authority on boat and ship construction on the Delaware River and along the New Jersey coast. He has been an active sailor of traditional boats (a wide variety of vessels) for 48 years. He has been published in Wooden Boat Magazine as well as authoring a website and several blogs ( He has been invited to speak at numerous regional historical societies. He credits his education to Ocean County College and Rutgers University.


Jennifer Alleva

Managing Partner, Your Part Time Controller, LLC 

Jennifer joined the Your Part-Time Controller, LLC (YPTC) in 2003 as an Associate and was made Partner in 2007 and Managing Partner in 2017. As Managing Partner, Jennifer is responsible for all operations as well as vision for growth to new markets and service lines. Very importantly, Jen is the “Chief YPTC Culture Ambassador” ensuring a positive work environment for all staff and high-quality services for all clients. She is very proud that Your Part-Time Controller was voted a “Best Place to Work” over 10 times. Jennifer also was selected as a winner for the 2015 Philadelphia SmartCEO Brava Awards.

Jen is a subject matter expert in nonprofit accounting and leadership. Part of her personal mission and the mission of YPTC is to educate Executive Directors and Board members on nonprofit financial management issues and best practices. She is often asked to speak on important topics in this space. From 2011-2016, Jen served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute. Upon graduation from the Boston College Carroll School of Management with a BS in accounting, she worked for Arthur Andersen, LLP for eight years specializing in audits and business consulting in the financial services and nonprofit industries. Jennifer has also held positions as Chief Financial Officer for Equity National Bank and Treasurer of Susquehanna Bancshares East, Vice President of Accounting and Finance for Marlin Leasing, and served as “Part-Time Controller” for several privately-owned companies.

In 2017, Jen founded and lead the development of the “Women in Nonprofit Leadership Conference” in Philadelphia. This conference sold-out all three years since inception and in 2019, hosted more than 400 participants. The goal of the Women in Nonprofit Leadership Conference is to bring together women leaders and aspiring women leaders of Philadelphia-area nonprofits to engage in discussions about relevant nonprofit issues and foster meaningful relationships that last beyond the event.

Jen serves several nonprofits as a volunteer and Board member. She is a South Jersey Impact100 member, raises funds and awareness for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, and has been Treasurer of the Board for Catholic Partnership Schools in Camden since 2012. Jen has been married to her husband David for thirty years and they have three children, Christina, Natalie, and David. She resides in Southampton, NJ.Jen has been married to her husband David for thirty years and they have three children, Christina, Natalie, and David. She resides in Southampton, NJ.


Veniece Newton

Veniece Newton, Founder/Executive Director, Community Angel Foundation

Veniece Newton, brings her love for community, drive for entrepreneurship and passion to empower youth through arts and culture. As the founder of Community Angel Foundation since 2008, she has led with its mission to empower, encourage and educate youth to become future leaders through volunteerism, education, career and cultural activities.

As the Founder of ENGAGEathon, she continues to carry her passion to make an impact through this social enterprise technology startup that tracks and rewards community engagement globally.  

The years of volunteering has allowed her to eventually find her way to what she truly loves, and that is to build our communities beginning with the youth. As a natural connector with an innovative and unparalleled ability to harness the power of relationship building, Veniece was eager to share her talents and resources with others by collaborating with various nonprofits and for-profit organizations to strengthen the awareness.

Early in her entrepreneurial career, her television and production skills led her to create, develop and produce segments for her online fashion television platform in which she managed teams in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Alaska, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City.

She is a seasoned professional with a superior record of community engagement and has been recognized with various awards including the American Legion Community Service Award and is currently a member of the District Attorney’s Youth Aid Panel while mentoring several high school students throughout the city of Philadelphia.

Ms. Newton has a BA in Marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Cum Laude Recipient from Fashion Institute of Technology, certificate acknowledgment through University of Pennsylvania - Fels School of Government for her Nonprofit Board Development & Governance training and is currently pursuing an MBA at FOX Temple University.

Veniece is a global traveler, woman of today and an inspiration for many to believe in yourself and to have hope for all. She not only has a flair for business and connecting people, but she also has a heart of gold and devotes her time to empower the next generation of leaders.


Kim E. Fraites-Dow

Kim E. Fraites-Dow, President & CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

Kim E. Fraites-Dow is CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP), having joined the organization in 2011 as the Chief Development and Marketing Officer and later serving as Chief Operating Officer. An executive nonprofit leader with 20 years of professional experience, Kim has expertise in managing operations, facilities, product sales, partnerships, marketing and brand management, board relations, and fundraising for nonprofit institutions. 

Integral to Kim’s success has been her leadership in recruiting key personnel, building collaboration across diverse teams of people, leading organizational change management, and developing relationships across GSEP’s nine-county footprint. Together with the Board, staff, and volunteers, GSEP earned top 10 status nationally for girl and adult membership, serving close to 40,000 girls with the help of more than 15,000 adult volunteers. 

Prior to joining GSEP, Kim served as director of institutional giving and government relations at The Franklin Institute, where she increased revenue during the 2008-2011 economic downturn. Prior to The Franklin Institute, Kim progressed in leadership roles within the development department at The Philadelphia Orchestra. A trained classical clarinetist, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music while jointly earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Rochester. She also holds a certificate in arts administration from New York University. Kim lives in Newtown Square, PA, with her husband, Kevin, son Elijah, and daughter Ella—a Daisy Girl Scout.