Fairmount Park Conservancy Names Jamie Gauthier As Executive Director

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PHILADELPHIA – October 9, 2017

The Board of Directors of Fairmount Park Conservancy named Jamie Gauthier as  Executive Director of the organization at its meeting on September 13. Gauthier has been at the Conservancy since January 2017, when she was hired as Senior Director of Public Partnerships, and she has served as Acting Executive Director since July, upon the departure of Rick Magder. With a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania, a decade of experience in community and business development within Philadelphia, and first-hand knowledge of the Conservancy’s network of relationships with city agencies, elected officials, grassroots organizations, and philanthropic institutions, Gauthier is uniquely qualified to lead the organization during this extraordinary time of revitalization and expansion of Philadelphia’s public spaces.
“We couldn’t be happier that the right person for the job was already part of the organization,” said John Gattuso, President of the Board of Directors of Fairmount Park Conservancy . “The leadership shown by Jamie has reaffirmed the Board’s conviction that she is the right Executive Director to take Fairmount Park Conservancy into an even greater role in the public life of Philadelphia.”

Jamie Gauthier brings with her a depth of experience related to community development, grassroots engagement, economic development, and nonprofit administration, and will work to expand the Conservancy’s reach and engagement in neighborhoods across Philadelphia. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN); previously, she worked as a Program Officer with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where she directed investment towards community development corporations and supported their efforts to revitalize Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. “To be able to participate in my hometown’s progress as a leader in creative place-making and
urban redevelopment is a dream come true,” said Gauthier , who grew up in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia before moving to West Philly, where she currently lives with her two children. “Philadelphia has incredible assets in its public parks, and I’m thrilled to help Fairmount Park Conservancy leverage and improve those assets for the benefit of all Philadelphians.”

As Acting Executive Director, Gauthier moved forward decisively to add to the organization’s leadership team, hiring the  Conservancy’s first Chief Financial Officer. As of September 5, the new CFO is Cynthia E. Roberts, who brings over 15 years of business experience in nonprofit accounting and reporting, finance, strategic planning and operations. In her role as CFO, Roberts manages the overall financial and organizational operations of the Conservancy, ensuring compliance of required regulations, as well as the utilization of industry standards and best practices in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

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