People

Behind the inspiring organizations, dynamic businesses, compelling events, intriguing communities, and notable news items that help make Philadelphia global, are individuals who bring a wealth of expertise and commitment.  Meet the scholars, researchers, students, diplomats, curators, artists, linguists, educators, attorneys, financiers, transportation experts, scientists, administrators and others who contribute so much to the globalism of the region.  (GPA members appear at the beginning of the list, followed by non-members in alphabetical order.)

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The Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art and Curator of East Asian Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Jillian Fornito joined the Global Interdependence Center in 2008 as the assistant director with a broad scope of responsibilities including organizational and program management.
Grace Gallagher is currently a senior at Temple University majoring in Political Science and working towards receiving a certificate in Spanish. Growing up as a first generation English-American, she has always had a passion for other cultures and anything international. While studying in Philadelphia, she has been able to dedicate her time to become actively involved in the UNICEF chapter at Temple University.
Rhona Gold has been the Administrative Coordinator at Global Philadelphia since its inception in 2010. Her role within the organization is both instrumental and diverse. In her primary position, she performs all the duties of an executive assistant working directly with the Chairman of the Board, John Smith. Specifically, she manages all the day-to-day needs of the association and is the principal point of contact for all its members. Additionally, Rhona is responsible for scheduling meetings, planning events, and fulfilling all the daily requirements of staff members.
In 2013, Marine Havel was appointed Media Director for the Global Philadelphia Association, designed to put Philadelphia on the map as a city of global importance, towards the designation of Philadelphia as the First World Heritage City in the USA. She knows the challenges of associations, organizations and companies, has a strong background in communication and marketing in general and is also naturally involved in the International community.
Partner in Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP; Co-chair of International Law Committee.
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Maria Johansson earned her BA in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Westminster in London, UK, in 2012. Born and raised in Sweden, Maria has lived in Philadelphia since December 2013 and in both London and Veracruz, Mexico, before that.
An accomplished group of musicians, educators, and activists, the multicultural South African band of Sharon Katz & The Peace Train helped Nelson Mandela end Apartheid and have continued spreading their message of peace and reconciliation through performances and workshops in festivals, educational settings and concert halls around the world.
Asmaa was in charge of the GlobalPhilly™ 2015 program as well as the Marketing Strategy of Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) with the ultimate objective of connecting and promoting our members. 
Cindy came to Philadelphia in February 2008 and hit the ground running as the Superintendent of Independence National Historical Park. Her responsibilities range from daily park operation and maintenance to development of new exhibits. Since joining Independence NHP, Cindy has overseen the completion and installation of three new exhibits in the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial and the Germantown White House. Ongoing
Michael Malarick is a Pennsylvania and New Jersey attorney who has been licensed for over 28 years. Michael is the owner of the Law Office of Michael T. Malarick, Esq., PC located in Boothwyn, PA. Attorney Michael Malarick serves the Delaware County community, Chester County community, greater Philadelphia community, and more.
Executive Director and President of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) 
Gigi’s professional background has been in community engagement, intergenerational literacy and social services. She defines herself as a performance artist and writer who uses social practice to create books, plays, projects, transitory exhibits and site-specific events that are designed to encourage open discussion around themes and topics that affect us in our lives.
Honorary Vice Consul of Spain
As a former secretary of international relations in Salvador City Hall, Bahia, and CEO of the CEERI - Center of Studies and International Relations Strategy -, I strongly believe that the relations developed between Brazil and Philadelphia can potentially be promoted, helping and straightening organizations part of the GPA activities to contribute to business development, cultural exchange and tourism boost for both countries.     
Carnell Professor of Community Art, Tyler School of the Arts at Temple University