Serving The Community

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Service to the District & Community

As an anti-poverty activist and advocate for seniors, Brian has had the honor to work with and support many community organizations providing critical social services:

  • Thousands of seniors attending Center in the Park senior community center had opportunities for lifelong learning, wellness services, and a daily congregate lunch through Brian’s work directing and managing over $400,000 in grants to it while working at the United Way.
  • Through federal grants in excess of $300,000 that Brian helped secure, hundreds of homeless women and children received emergency housing, meals and self-sufficiency services from the Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network.
  • Hundreds of low income Germantown seniors and children are provided weekly produce, proteins and staples from a food pantry Brian helps manage and fund raises for.
  • Founding member of the Germantown Anti-Hunger Network
  • Thousands of seniors living in Eastern Montgomery County received high quality personal care, home maker and other support services through general operating grants of excess of $500,000 to VNA Community Services that Brian managed.
  • Created a public-private partnership with Montgomery County Aging and Adult Services to create the first senior center in Elkins Park, a neighborhood with one of the county’s highest concentrations of older adults.
  • Initiated the research and work that led to a $400,000 grant to the VNA Community Services to pilot a new program to streamline services for Abington, Jenkintown and Cheltenham seniors and improve their health and quality of life.

Other Community and Political Impact Includes:

  • Organized the 2008 Democratic Unity Forum to unite primary supporters of Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barrack Obama after a tough primary campaign.
  • Co-founded the Annual NAACP/Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN) MLK programs focusing on race and the criminal justice system
  • Investor and member of the Creekside COOP
  • Created a half-acre community garden in Elkins Park that is tended by students and day camp children who donate the produce to local food pantries.
  • Coalition leader for the Stop the Abington Hospital Merger campaign
  • Provided critical political and fundraising advice to the Fattal family during Josh’s detention in Iran

Brian's work also includes:

  • Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Certificate, October 2013 
  • Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Emergency Fund Coalition for Older Philadelphians Community Service Awardee, 2013 
  • Vice Chair and Co-founder Generation Appreciation Philadelphia (GenPhilly), June 2009 to present 
  • Logan Tennis Club, Board of Directors, September 2011 to present 
  • Eugene DePasquale Pennsylvania Auditor General Elect Transition Team, 2012 - 2013 
  • President, Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN), July 2009 - June 2012, Board of Directors 2007 to current 
  • Senior Advisor, Free the Hikers, July 2009 - September 2011 
  • Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP Social Justice Awardee, 2011 
  • Fellow, Center for Progressive Leadership, Class of 2006 
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