Southwest CDC
What We Do History Funders & Supporters Staff
Key Staff and Their Roles
Main Telephone Number - 215-729-0800

Donna M. Henry, Executive Director
215-729-7441 email click here

Donna M. Henry has been Southwest CDC's Executive Director since October 1994 and has worked in the housing and community development field since 1987. She has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (1987) and a Masters of Science in Community Economic Development (1999). She has also raised over $2 million in grants and fee-for-service contracts in the last 4 years.



Lorraine Thomas, Operations Manager

215-729-3948          email click here

Lorraine has lived and worked in Southwest Philadelphia for more than 40 years. She



Economic and Community Development

Page Huey, Project Manager, Woodland Avenue Revitalization and Employment Resource Center

215-729-0729  email click here

Page Huey has more than 25 years experience working with businesses and helping people to find employment. She has been at Southwest CDC since 2011. Page holds a Bachelor of Art in Communications from Temple University.

Housing Counseling

Diane Gaffney, Housing Counselor

215-729-5072email click here

Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC)


Mark Harrell, Community Organizer

215-729-0804          email click here


Southwest CDC After School Program-Summer Camp at Patterson Elementary


Jackie Simmons, Program Coordinator
215-730-0450email click here

Jackie Simmons has been with Southwest CDC since 2003. She oversees the administration of New Start programs. Jackie facilitates strengthening families (parenting) workshops. Through partnerships and collaborations, Jackie works with several organizations in Southwest dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents and their children. Jackie has over 8 years experience working with children and families.

Shaketia Sills, Program Coordinator
215-730-0450email click here


Nikkia Brown, Program Assistant/Group Leader

215-729-0831email click here

Group Leaders

Louis Baxter

Melvin Draughn

Mohammed Fofana

Sharon Faulk

Crystal Speaks

Lietica Mullins

Self Sufficiency Programs

Wydia Copes, Program Assistant

215-729-0180 email click here


Employment Opportunity

Title:      Community Organizer – Full Time
Position Summary:
Neighborhood Advisory Subcommittee (NAS) is an extension of the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) of the City of Philadelphia, the purpose of which is to organize communities, promote housing programs, and provide information to residents. This information is provided through various methods, including Service Area Briefings (community meetings) and our quarterly newsletter.
The community organizer will report to the operations manager. The organizer is primarily responsible for targeting low-moderate income people; aid in the prevention or elimination of blight; and/or meet community needs having a particular urgency. They will be responsible for implementing all activities under the contract with OHCD.
The NAS is responsible to provide neighborhood citizens with adequate opportunity to participate in neighborhood level planning; contribute to the direct delivery of services by City sponsored programs; and to be the representative organization to provide information and assistance on the activities within the NAS boundaries. 
NAS activities and Programs:
  • Promote City housing programs and disseminate information and track referrals and services.
  • Promote programs and services of Southwest CDC.
  • Organize and facilitate quarterly Service Area Briefings (SAB) community meetings in the target area, on a topic determined by the NAS members.
  • Facilitate education workshops associated with NAS programs.
  • Actively link organizations and institutions to the community.
  • Have knowledge of the neighborhood and the resources within our CDC target area.
  • Develop news articles for the Southwest Globe Times related to community development.
  • Keep neighborhood resource directory updated and distributed.
  • Attend regular neighborhood-wide community meetings (CityLights, 12th Police District Workshops, Police District Advisory Council, etc.)
  • Advocate on behalf of PHA tenants regarding repairs and/or services.
  • Organize and recruit block captains and hold quarterly meetings to discuss neighborhood-wide issues.
  • Organize zoning meetings to encourage citizen participation on an as-needed basis. Follow up with letters to the Zoning Board of Adjustments and submit an article on zoning changes to the Southwest Globe Times.
  • Prepare and publish a quarterly newsletter and/or a full page ad in the Southwest Globe Times promoting the activities of the NAS and services of the City.
Southwest Pride Day Parade and Festival:
  • Assist in recruiting volunteers
  • Participate in the planning committee
  • Carry out related tasks
Neighborhood Beautification:
  • Distribute gardening supplies (tools, seeds when available)
  • Promote greening, gardening and gardening education.
  • Actively market and promote any greening programs.



Administrative Reporting:
  • Submit a monthly report, staff activities and issues requiring OHCD attention.
  • Report the number of people receiving services on a monthly basis.
  • Prepare and distribute minutes for the NAS meetings.


  • Any and all other tasks assigned to you by the operations manager.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.  This job description may change as a result of instructions of the funder, amount of funding and/or at the beginning of the contract year.
Southwest CDC will accept resumes until the position is filled.
Send resumes and cover letter to:  Lorraine Thomas at











Nondiscrimination Policy Statement - Equal Employment Opportunity

An open and equitable personnel system will be established and maintained.  Personnel policies, procedures and practices will be designed to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin, age, or sex.

Employment opportunities shall be provided for applicants with disabilities and reasonable accommodation(s) shall be made to meet the physical or mental limitations of qualified applicants or employees.

Any employee who believes they have been discriminated against, may file a complaint of discrimination with any of the following.

Department of Public Welfare

Bureau of Equal Opportunity

Room 223, Health & Welfare Building

PO Box 2675

Harrisburg, PA  17105


PA Human Relations Commission

Philadelphia Regional Office

110 N. 8th Street

Suite 501

Philadelphia, PA  19107

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services

Office for Civil Rights

Suite 372, Public Ledger Bldg.

150 South Independence Mall West

Philadelphia, PA  19106-9111

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

DPW Bureau of Equal Opportunity

Southeast Regional Office

801 Market Street, Suite 5034

Philadelphia, PA  19107



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Southwest Community Development Corporation
6328 Paschall Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19142
Phone: 215-729-0800   Fax: 215-726-5719

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