USA250 is led by a growing group of individuals and institutions making big plans for America’s 250th in 2026.
Hon. Edward G. Rendell
Board of Directors
Dr. Andrew Hohns is a Managing Director at Mariner Investment Group and serves as Lead Portfolio Manager for two fund strategies related to infrastructure investment. He joined Mariner in 2012 to launch the Mariner Infrastructure Investment Management platform, and has overseen the development of the firm’s bank regulatory capital investment strategy. Prior to joining Mariner, Hohns was a Managing Director at Institutional Financial Markets, Inc., which he joined at its inception in 2001. At IFMI, In 2008, Institutional Investor named him a member of its “20 Rising Stars of Fixed Income.” He holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Liberal Arts from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Applied Economics and Managerial Sciences from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Nicole Allen White is the Director of Government Affairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Prior to joining the Art Museum she served as the Director of Policy & Community Engagement at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and spearheaded the campaigns to restore and maintain funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Nicole chairs the Gen250 Committee of USA250, which engages young people in the planning of 2026 and enlists the leaders of tomorrow who will be central to the partnerships and implementation of America’s 250th initiative. She serves on multiple boards and young friends groups but her true passion is finding ways to increase civic and political engagement among millennials in Philadelphia. After noticing a lack of opportunity for young professionals to take part in the political discussions during PA Society, Nicole and her husband, Kellan White, founded the Pattison Leader Ball and named the event after the two youngest governors in Pennsylvania. All proceeds for the Ball, which is held in Philadelphia concurrently to the PA Society Dinner, are donated to a nonprofit organization that is founded by a millennial. The Pattison Leader Group now hosts several events throughout the year that engage millennials in the political process. Nicole is a graduate of Springside School for Girls. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications at The George Washington University where she graduated magna cum laude and with Special Honors in her major. Nicole received her J.D. from the Drexel University School of Law. She graduated from Drexel magna cum laude and went on to pass the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania bar exams.
Chris is a class action administration and banking veteran, now serving as President and co-founder of the Angeion Group, headquartered in Philadelphia. Angeion Group provides class action notice and claims administration services as well as mass tort qualified settlement fund management and electronic discovery services for law firms throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to launching Angeion, Chris was responsible for managing the national sales team of a national claims administration company. He also served as Senior Vice President at Rust Consulting, Inc. where he administered some of the largest securities class action settlements, including AIG ($1 Billion) and Marsh & McLennan ($400 million). Previously, he was Senior Vice President of the Law Firm Banking Group of RBS Citizens Bank and worked with class action law firms in the institutional investment management and distribution of class action settlement funds. Chris is active with several national organizations, is a founding board member of USA250 and serves on the board of the Friends of Independence Mall. Chris holds a master’s degree in business administration from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business and a bachelor’s degree in History from Hobart College.
Keri Salerno is currently the Senior Director, Strategic Development for Health Promotion Council, an Affiliate of Public Health Management Corporation. Prior to this position she spent seven and a half years in the public sector serving in the New Jersey State Senate Democratic Majority Office as well as two positions within the Administration of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter – Director of Reentry Strategies and Outreach and Director of Philanthropic Relations. She was previously a grassroots and political fundraiser and organizer for campaigns and issues at the local, state and national level for six years. Originally from the Harrisburg area, Salerno became civically engaged in Philadelphia upon her arrival here in 2002 by serving as Secretary and founding board member of USA250; publishing, editing and writing for the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal; being President and founding board member of Philadelphia Young Non-Profit Leaders; and participating in initiatives of Young Involved Philadelphia and Young America PAC. Salerno holds a Masters in Government Administration and a Certificate of Non-Profit Management from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history and minor in political science from Tulane University
Carol de Fries is an expert at building strategic partnerships for economic and civic growth, with 25 years of experience in business development, marketing, government relations, and economic and workforce development. She is the Community College of Philadelphia’s Vice President of Workforce and Economic Innovation. In this new cabinet level role, she is responsible for expanding the form and the function of the College’s workforce development, continuing education, job readiness, job training and job creation programs by establishing partnerships with local businesses and the institution. de Fries previously served in senior roles with Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC); the Office of Government and Community Affairs for the University of Pennsylvania (Penn); and the Commerce Department for the City of Philadelphia. Before moving to Philadelphia, she was a federal Procurement Administrator for a DC-based international consulting firm helping negotiate the purchase and shipment of goods for USAID projects to third-world and developing countries. de Fries holds a Masters in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government and a BA from Georgetown University. She is one of the board founders of Campus Philly, currently Co-Chair of Campus Philly’s Corporate Advisory Council. A member of the Philadelphia Business Journal “Forty under Forty,” she also serves on the board of CREW Philadelphia and has received two awards from the organization. She serves Vice President of her neighborhood community development corporation (CDC), Newbold CDC. She previously served on the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Arts & Business Council Advisory Board, Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and the Fund for Philadelphia.
James Elam is the founder and creative lead of Eternal Crescent Media. James co-produced the feature film debut of notable French director, Kader Ayd. Ayd is by all accounts a rising star among directors and the film, presently titled “513” will be Ayd’s, US debut. “513” features a strong body of talent including stars, Tom Sizemore, Taryn Manning, Danny Trejo, Michael Madsen, Bokeem Woodbine, and Steven Bauer. James was also associate producer for the feature films: “Magic Valley” featuring, Scott Glenn, Kyle Gallner, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Alison Elliott; and “Ass Backwards” starring June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, and Jon Cryer. In television, Mr. Elam produced the reality show, “Arranged”, for VH-1 along with Asylum Entertainment, as well as the award winning pilot, “She’s Got IsShoes”. James role as a producer started with the stage play and then film, “Nina Foxx’s ‘Marrying Up’” in 2008. Always positioning himself on the cutting edge of life, James is an avid photographer and adjunct professor of copyright law, at St Joseph’s University. He also dedicates time to mentoring youth of all backgrounds, as well as lending a helping hand to anyone with a clear vision they are trying to achieve. Prior to taking on media creation, James began his professional career as a legal associate in the litigation department of Dilworth Paxson for a year, before moving into the corporate transactional group of the legal powerhouse. Quickly developing a reputation for professionalism, James negotiated numerous agreements in music publishing, licensing, distribution, merchandising and investment, as well as general counsels to corporations as well as individual clients, including such luminaries as Jill Scott, Lil Wayne and John Legend.
Job Itzkowitz is Executive Director of the Old City District. A native Philadelphian, Job is a graduate of University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Prior to his work in Old City, Job was an attorney with Ballard Spahr LLP and served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass. Job is a founding board member of USA250 and co-founder of Young Involved Philadelphia, and has served on the boards of Operation Understanding and the Friends of Love Park. People who know Job know that he is 6’7″ tall.
Jeffrey Scott has worked over five years as a Compliance professional at Pfizer based in Collegeville. He currently serves as the Compliance Lead for Pfizer Global Commercial Operations. In this role Jeffrey ensures that policies and systems utilized in the United States and in other Pfizer markets for commercial activities are designed and executed to ensure compliance with Pfizer policy and applicable law. Previously, Jeffrey managed internal investigations into violations of Pfizer policy, mostly recently in Japan and other APAC markets and prior to that in the United States in Pfizer’s Specialty Care business. Before joining Pfizer, Jeffrey owned his own consulting business where he successfully helped to managed the City of Philadelphia’s grass-roots campaign to increase census awareness. Jeffrey also oversaw successful election campaigns for candidates to the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Earlier in his career, Jeffrey was an associate at Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia and Skadden Arps in New York. Jeffrey received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Cornell University. Jeffrey lives in Wynnewood with his wife Jodi and two sons, Jason and Dylan.
Since 2011, Zabeth Teelucksingh has served as Executive Director of the Global Philadelphia Association, a nonprofit designed to put Philadelphia on the map as a city of global importance. GPA led the initiative for Philadelphia to become the first U.S. member of the Organization of World Heritage cities. Under her leadership, the Association has developed multiple programs, including GlobalPhilly™ – the first ever international Expo in Philadelphia, GlobalKids, PhillyThinks, EIJP (a global journalism program), a robust internship program for millennials and the #IamaGlobalPhiladelphian awareness campaign. Zabeth also contributes her talent and energy to Friends of Independence Hall, Philadelphia Accueil, and Women for Greater Philadelphia. She is a member of the Advancement Committee for Saint James School in West Alleghany. A GPLEX alumni twice (2012 Toronto, 2014 Boston), she serves on the Board of the Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie, USA250, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Pennsylvania Advisory Committee and the Temple Fox School CIBER Board. She is an advisor to @GoUNSECO – Make Heritage Fun! Zabeth previously served in several international roles in the U.S. and in Europe in fields ranging from education to publishing, healthcare to water, energy to IT and world heritage. Prior professional appointments includes six years of marketing for Time, Inc. in Paris, six years as Marketing Director at the World Congress, in Boston, and several years in advertising with J. Walter Thomson in Greater Miami. Born in Carthage, Tunisia, Zabeth was schooled in the UK where she attended boarding school and the French Lycee in London, and later graduated from Lancaster University. Zabeth has lived in 6 countries and is a citizen of both France and the US. She is fluent in English and French, proficient in Spanish and Arabic, and has working knowledge of Hindi and Italian. She lives in Merion Station, PA with her husband Ken, daughter Emma and mini-dachshund Lily.
Molly Whitehouse is a Vice President at Mariner Investment Group. Prior to joining Mariner, she served as an Analyst at Institutional Financial Markets, Inc. In 2011, Ms. Whitehouse completed the White House Internship Program. Ms. Whitehouse earned her BA in Political Science with Honors from Yale University in 2011. Community involvement: Young Friends of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Associate Members Committee of the Orpheus Club, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, The Union League of Philadelphia.
Note: Organizational affiliations for identification purposes only
USA250 thanks members of its Founders Circle who have generously provided seed funding to launch our plans for 2026:
- Patricia Bauman and John Landrum Bryant
- Daniel Berger
- Christopher Chimicles
- Connelly Foundation
- Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
- Avram Hornik
- Kevin and Sarah Kleinschmidt
- Lyn and David Montgomery
- Andrew Hohns and Leah Popowich
- Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
- VISIT PHILADELPHIA
Greater Philadelphia Stakeholders Committee
USA250’s stakeholders committee is an advisory group comprised of Philadelphia-area nonprofit, governmental, higher education and private sectors partners working to advance an exciting vision for America’s 250th in 2026.
- Maud Lyon, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Chair
- Barry Seymour, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
- Bernie Prazenica, 6abc/WPVI
- Bonnie Grant, PHL Life/ PHLCVB
- Carrie Fischer Lepore, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
- Charles Croce, Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
- Claire Greenwood, CEO Council for Growth/ GPCC
- Erinn Tucker, PhD, Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality
- Ivy Barsky, National Museum of American Jewish History
- Jamie Gauthier, Sustainable Business Network
- Jeffrey Friedman, Microsoft
- Jim Cuorato, Independence Visitors Center
- Job Itzkowitz, Old City District
- Julie Coker Graham, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Karin Copeland, Arts and Business Council/ GPCC
- Lydia Sarson, German American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia
- Loraine Ballard Morrill, iHeartMedia
- Matt Cabrey, Select Greater Philadelphia/ GPCC
- Meryl Levitz, Visit Philadelphia
- Michael Quinn, Museum of the American Revolution
- Michelle Freeman, Witty Gritty, Flying Kite Media
- Nedia Ralston, Pennsylvania, Office of the Governor
- Nicole Allen White, Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Pat Murdock, American Bible Society/ Faith + Liberty Discovery Center
- Paul Steinke, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
- Rebecca Johnson, AIA Philadelphia | Center / Architecture + Design
- Ros Remer, Drexel University
- Sam Lemheney, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
- Steven Bradley, African American Chamber of Commerce
- Vince Stango, National Constitution Center
- Steve Wray, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
- Zabeth Teelucksingh, Global Philadelphia
The Gen250 committee is USA250’s young leaders initiative, chaired by Nicole Allen White (USA250 Board, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pattison Leaders Group)
Note: Organizational affiliations for identification purposes only.