Main Telephone Number - 215-729-0800
Donna M. Henry, Executive Director
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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.
Economic and Community Development
Paige Huey, Project Manager, Woodland Avenue Revitalization
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Elhadji Ndiaye , Project Corridor Liason, Woodland Avenue Revitalization
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Elhadji started working with Southwest CDC's Woodland Avenue Revitalization Program in 2011. He is assisting Vaughn Taylor (Project Manager, Woodland Avenue Revitalization). Their objective is to help businesses understand what they need to do to operate in the City of Philadelphia and identify resources in the City and elsewhere in order to improve business. In addition to that, they will outreach to African and Caribbean business community to help them overcome language and cultural differences that make doing business in the US harder.
We are working for the Commerce Department, which is dedicated to make Philadelphia a more business-friendly environment for all types of business. Finally; we will provide incentives and fund programs to make businesses more successful in Philadelphia.
Deirdre Lowman, Housing Counseling Program Coordinator
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Arlene Cole, Housing Counselor
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Alexis Williams, Housing Counselor
215-729-3293email click here
Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC)
Edith L. Dixon , NAC Community Organizer
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Edith L. Dixon started working with Southwest CDC in July 2005. She is one of the Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) community organizer’s under the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and an editor of the Southwest Globe Times newspaper. She has a BA degree in Philosophy from Tuskegee Institute, and an MA degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. Edith moderates the NAC Zoning Sub-Committee, reviewing requests for area zoning changes, and testifies regularly before the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustments.
Elhadji Ndiaye , NAC Community Organizer
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Elhadji Ndiaye has extensive community organizing, event logistics and fundraising experience. He is currently one of the Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) community organizer’s under the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development. He has an Associate Degree in Social Sciences and Mathematics. He will help create and oversee programs that benefit neighborhoods, nonprofits, volunteer organizations and the community as a whole. He believes that the job of a community organizer is primarily one of managing people and schedules. With the partnership of community and religious group, He will develop the sustainability of communities through grassroots campaigns. On that note, his role will be to: improve the livelyhood of the communities by solving conflicts, improve economic outlooks, set goals and deadlines, and create positive change.
Southwest CDC After School Program-Summer Camp at Patterson Elementary
Jackie Simmons, Program Coordinator
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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.
Doua Her , Program Coordinator
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Doua Her has joined the Southwest CDC ASP staff since September 2011. He has finished his MA in Education from the University of California Davis and also holds a CA Single Subject Social Studies Credential. He loves working to empower youth and promotes higher education. He is extremely happy to join Southwest CDC and plans to make an immediate impact on the students attending the After School Program at Patterson Elementary in Southwest Philadelphia.
Nikkia Brown, Program Assistant/Group Leader
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Self Sufficiency Programs
Denisha Carr Carr , Case Manager for Self-Sufficiency
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