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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Assistant Vice President, Global Partnerships and Programs & International Student and Scholar Services 
Principal, ghSMART
Kris Walski is a trilingual Philadelphia native, an International Relations alumnus from the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw. He has worked at Philadelphia City Council on the Committee On Global Opportunity and a successful gubernatorial campaign. Emerging International Journalists Program And Media Relations Manager at Global Philadelphia Association
Executive Vice President,  Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Curtis Institute of Music
Sally Weinberg is the founder of Textiil
Experience Assoc. Director of Programs Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians 2009 – 2013 (4 years) Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians Program Coordinator 2009 – 2011 (2 years) Executive Director Lamp For Haiti 2007 – 2010 (3 years) Instructor of Law Cumberland School of Law 1998 – 2000 (2 years) Assistant District Attorney Harris County District Attorney's Office 1992 – 1997 (5 years)
Chantal Westby was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts located here in Philadelphia, PA. Born in France, she also earned a master’s degree from Parisian institution Haute Couture. Currently Ms. Westby resides near Philadelphia, over the last 18 years she has placed many of her great large canvas works upon the walls of her own chateau. The time has come to make some space for new beginnings and more masterpieces. We would like to show you her finest works and interested buyers, collectors, curators, and all walks of art life are invited to visit www.chantalwestby.com, to learn more and own a large original canvas or mixed media acrylic work of art perfected and inspired by the Ms. Westby herself.
Well known throughout Pennsylvania’s legal community for her consummate legal skills and uncompromising dedication, Kathleen Wilkinson served as chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2013, only the sixth woman to lead this 13,000-member organization founded more than 200 years ago.
President, The Eisenhower Fellowships
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Media International, Inc.
Steve Wray is a Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, at Econsult Solutions, Inc. (ESI). In this role, Steve develops, oversees and helps implement programs and projects that support ESI’s vision and short- and long-term plans.
Harold B. Yaffe, D.D.S. has a long and solid history of service to the local community as well as to the American Jewish Commitee. Having served as President, Chairman and, currently, Chair Emeritus and Advisory Councils of the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey office of AJC. As a political activist, Harold’s knowledge and support of issues important to the community is renowned.
If you have attended a Philadelphia tech or entrepreneurship event, chances are you've met Yuval Yarden. Yuval Yarden is dedicated to cultivating a strong identity for Philadelphia that supports startup growth and innovation. As the Program Director for Philly Startup Leaders (PSL), she connects entrepreneurs with resources, opportunities and programing that help them develop new relationships that support their company growth.
Director, Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
Multicultural Arts Exchange The Exchange for Arts and Culture in Northeast Philadelphia
Director of New Initiatives and Strategic Partnerships, Women's Campaign International
Emilia Allen is a Master of Public Administration candidate at Villanova University (Spring 2015). After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Oakland University, she worked as a non-profit development officer in Clarkston, MI. Her work with the Global Philadelphia Association was as a research fellow for Project World Heritage - Philadelphia’s pursuit of World Heritage City distinction. Emilia’s research interests include economic and community development, urban sustainability, and municipal financial management.