Keri Salerno brings almost 20 years of experience in the non-profit, public, and political sectors to USA250. Much of her career has been spent working on developing and managing policies and programs to support vulnerable populations. Throughout her career she has secured nearly $50M in funding from government, corporations, foundations, and individuals; passed over 50 pieces of legislation of which 14 became law; and led several multi-sector collaborations. Ms. Salerno is currently serving as Senior Director, Economic Inclusion at Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) where she oversees 4 departments working to increase the stability of the physical and financial assets of individuals and the public. This is her second role at PHMC having previously been Senior Director, Strategic Development with oversight of the Nutrition and Actively Living and Street Smarts departments as well as the development of proposals and partnerships. Prior to joining PHMC, Ms. Salerno spent almost 8 years in 4 different high level positions with New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (Aide, Senate Law and Public Safety Committee) and former Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter (Director, Reentry Strategies and Outreach, Director of Philanthropic Relations, and the Nutter Transition Team). In the early part of her career, Ms. Salerno spent nearly 7 years as a fundraiser and organizer for local, state, and federal electoral and issued based campaigns.
In addition to her professional responsibilities, Ms. Salerno has been civically engaged since her arrival in Philadelphia in 2002 by serving in leadership positions and holding memberships in several non-profit, political, and young professional organizations including the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, Philadelphia Young Non-profit Leaders, Young America PAC, and Women Lead. For her professional and personal accomplishments, Ms. Salerno has received awards and honors from organizations like the Citizens Advisory Council for Probation and Parole, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal. She has also been published in various media outlets including the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, Vera Institute of Justice’s blog, and Vogue magazine.
Ms. Salerno holds a Masters in Government Administration and Certificate in Non-profit Management from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University where she studied history and political science. During her time at Tulane, Ms. Salerno spent her junior year abroad at College Year in Athens in Greece studying history and international relations.
Originally from the Harrisburg area, Ms. Salerno currently resides in South Philadelphia with her husband and their dog.