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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President and Chief Executive Officer, Rita's Italian Ice
Howard Fox, “The How,” expert in internet marketing and obtaining ‘how-to’ answers.  
Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia International Airport
Program Director, Friends of Independence National Historical Park
Vice President, Eisenhower Fellowships
Director of Development, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Gilboy was the seventh person in 62 years to lead the region’s official international relations organization since its founding in 1954 as a public/private partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the City of Philadelphia.
Director, Wagner Free Institute of Science
Jane W. Goldblum, Esq.,co-founder in 1988 of the immigration law firm Goldblum & Hess, was selected in 2013 as Best Lawyers'  Immigration Lawyer of the Year. Jane also is consistently listed in Super Lawyers as among the best immigration lawyers in Pennsylvania, and  in  International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers as one of the country's leading investment and employment-based immigration lawyers.
President and CEO, The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians; Counsel, Gonzales Tiagha Law Firm
Responsible for management and delivery of specialized student support services for highly gifted classical music students. Services include student health, wellness resources, new student orientation, special programs, student activities, life skills, Curtis Host Family Program, peer-to-peer mentoring through the Curtis Buddy Program, student safety and security. Oversee international student advising and ESL instruction for all students in non-immigrant visa status, and middle school education for younger students.
On January 1, Julie Coker Graham became the new president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB). She assumed the role following the retirement of former President and CEO Jack Ferguson on December 31.
Deputy Mayor for Planning and Development and Director of Commerce, The City of Philadelphia
Based in Philadelphia, Independence Media owns and operates the nation’s second largest independent public television station. This non-profit organization was founded thirty years ago. Technology has changed, but the educational purpose of the organization remains unchanged: they provide an engaging, balanced and independent view of the world.
Director of Strategy and Operations, Al Día
Founder and  chief executive officer of AL DÍA, a Latino news media organization headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.
Mauro F. Guillén is the Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at Penn, a research-and-teaching program on management and international relations. He holds the Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professorship in International Management at the Wharton School and a secondary appointment as Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology of the University of Pennsylvania. He previously taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He received a PhD in sociology from Yale University and a Doctorate in political economy from the University of Oviedo in his native Spain. He holds dual U.S./Spain citizenship.