The Co-Chairs of World Class Greater Philadelphia
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Steven M. Altschuler, MD
President & CEO, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Steven M. Altschuler, MD has been President & Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the nation’s oldest hospital dedicated to the care of sick children, since 2000. Since 1997, he had been Physician-in-Chief and the first holder of the Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Endowed Chair in Pediatric Medicine. A world leader in patient care, education and research, Children’s Hospital is a pediatric healthcare network with eight outpatient specialty centers, 28 primary care practices, affiliations with nine community hospitals, a poison control center, and a home care service. Children’s Hospital is second among all hospitals in total research funding from the National Institutes of Health.
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Jane G. Pepper
Jane G. Pepper took over the reins of the 182-year-old Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 1981. Pepper directed the Society’s activities and programs, including the renowned Philadelphia International Flower Show and Philadelphia Green. The Flower Show plays host each year to more than 250,000 visitors, and the Society has nearly 16,000 active members. In addition, Philadelphia Green coordinates greening projects with organized community groups on blocks in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and revitalizes downtown areas and gateway open spaces in partnership with public and private organizations. More than five million square feet of vacant urban land have been reclaimed and revived to date making Philadelphia Green the nation’s largest such program.
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Wendell E. Pritchett, JD, PhD
Chancellor, Rutgers University-Camden
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Gerard H. Sweeney
President & CEO, Brandywine Realty Trust
Gerard H. Sweeney has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Trustee of the Brandywine Realty Trust since 1994 and as President since 1988. Sweeney has overseen the growth of Brandywine from four properties and a total market capitalization of <$5 million to more than 43 million square feet and a total market capitalization of approximately $6 billion. Prior to 1988, in addition to serving as President of Brandywine, he served as Vice President of LCOR Incorporated, a real estate development firm, and served in several capacities for the Linpro Company (a predecessor of LCOR), including Financial Vice President and General Partner, from 1983 to 1994. Sweeney is a member of NAREIT, ULI, and the Real Estate Roundtable, and is Chair of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. He also serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Thomas Jefferson University, and WHYY, of which he is Chair.
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Steven T. Wray
Executive Director, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
Steve Wray has been Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia since 2006. He works with a board of more than 70 senior private sector leaders from the region's leading companies and institutions and a staff of nine. Wray also is Managing Director of the Pennsylvania Economy League, Inc., the corporate home of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. Prior to the Economy League, Wray served as Policy Director to former Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Mark Singel, Associate with Jones Lang Wootton USA in New York, and Consultant to the Executive Director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development in Pittsburgh.
In 2010, Wray began a two-year term on the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission and was appointed to the Advisory Board for the Office of Economic Opportunity in Philadelphia. He is a trustee of the Health Care Improvement Foundation and a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was a 2008 Ford Foundation Fellow of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives' Regional Sustainable Development program, and in 2002 he was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal's "40 Under 40" leadership list.
Wray received an MS in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and an AB from Duke University. He lives in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.