Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of the Economy League, Jeff served as Director of Financial and Policy Analysis for the Philadelphia City Controller where he advised the Controller and worked on critical issues relating to Philadelphia's fiscal health. Under Jeff’s leadership, the Policy Unit produced numerous data-driven policy analyses on topics including the City's property tax system, tax delinquency and receivables issues, tax incentive programs, charter school finances, the efficacy of the City's tourism and convention promotion entities, and the state of retirement security in Philadelphia. In collaboration with the City's Commerce Department, he began coordination of a citywide initiative to increase local spending by Philadelphia's major eds-and-meds anchor institutions, and will continue to coordinate Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity as Executive Director of the Economy League.
In his civic life, Jeff serves on the boards of Queen Village Neighbors Association, a civic association in Philadelphia, as well as the Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition, a citywide organization representing 25 civic associations. He helped convene the Friends Of Neighborhood Education, a citywide initiative to build community support for neighborhood public schools. He has also participated in several of our Leadership Exchanges and ran for City Council in 2011.
After leaving academia in 2001 with a PhD in business history and publication of a well-regarded book on the real estate industry "A Nation of Realtors," Jeff spent a decade in the labor movement. He helped low-wage workers in the service and education sectors build workplace and political power. Born in Brooklyn, a product of public schools in Matawan, NJ, with degrees from MIT, Penn, and the University of Maryland, he has called Philadelphia home since 2001.
Director, GPLEX & Projects
Since joining the Economy League in 2008, Jennifer has led projects on a broad range of policy issues, including innovation-based economic development, city and state budget analysis, and transportation funding. Most recently, Jennifer has focused on education and talent development work as part of the World Class Greater Philadelphia initiative, with an emphasis on pre-k and k-12 policy and research. She has also served as staff lead on the Metropolitan Caucus, a convening body of the Mayor of Philadelphia and the county commissioners and council people from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.
Before coming to the Economy League, Jennifer worked at the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University-Camden. She managed a direct service project aimed at increasing the economic stability of working families. In addition, she led neutral convening efforts in public safety engaging community members and law enforcement, implemented program evaluations, and conducted research in areas ranging from adult literacy to family asset development. She began her career writing and managing grants for a family planning agency.
Jennifer holds a BA in history from Indiana University and an MPA from Rutgers University. She lives in Mt. Airy with her husband, son, and daughter.
Managing Director, Projects & Operations
Nick is responsible for developing and implementing the Economy League's organizational strategy and providing operational leadership as chief of staff. He has been with the Economy League since 2010, previously serving as project manager for World Class Greater Philadelphia and other research and strategy projects.
Prior to joining the Economy League, Nick held positions at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, and the Italian American Community Services Agency in San Francisco. He holds an AB from the University of Chicago and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Nick lives with his wife and son in South Philadelphia.
Director of Shared Solutions
Mariya Khandros is the Director of Shared Solutions at the Economy League. Her primary responsibility is to oversee the development and implementation of Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity, a project focused on increasing local purchasing by Philadelphia’s hospitals, universities and other major employers with the goal of creating jobs and reducing poverty.
Prior to joining the Economy League, Mariya was an Economic Policy Analyst at the Office of the Philadelphia City Controller, where she supervised the analysis of the Five Year Plan, as well as other research projects focused on Philadelphia’s tax and economic policy. Additionally, she held positions with the Urban Affairs Committee at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, NorthEast Treatment Centers, the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), and A.T. Kearney (a management consulting firm).
Mariya holds a Master of Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government, a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Businesses, and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. Mariya lives with her husband in West Philadelphia.
Mike is a Project Manager at the Economy League, specializing in data wrangling and quantitative research methods. He enjoys all things “data” and his research interests include neighborhood change, gentrification, Millennials, urban development, and environmental change. Mike is also completing his doctorate in sociology at Northeastern University.
Prior to joining the Economy League, Mike served as a researcher and data consultant with the Boston Area Research Initiative (a research organization co-housed between Northeastern and Harvard Universities). He oversaw various team efforts to wrangle and organize federal, state, and local administrative records for analysis and public use. He also coordinated and ran data training sessions with local government officials and community organizations in an effort to close the digital divide.
Mike received his B.A. from Elizabethtown College and received his M.A. from Northeastern University. He grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and is happy to be back in his favorite city!
Mohona is a Project Manager at the Economy League, specializing in qualitative methods and analysis. Her research interests focus on the intersections of race, place, and economic mobility. She has also researched extensively in issue areas related to consumer financial protection, women's access to health services, collateral costs of incarceration, and economic development for women of color.
Prior to joining the Economy League, Mohona was a political staffer for Boston City Councilor, Josh Zakim, where she oversaw the district-level zoning, planning, and development review processes, as well as managed constituent services for several Boston neighborhoods. Additionally, she has held positions with The Brookings Institution, and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Mohona has a B.A from Wellesley College, and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in West Philadelphia.
SENIOR EXECUTIVE FELLOWS
Robert J. Jones, Esq.
Bob Jones is a former Economy League board member and is currently Of Counsel at Saul Ewing, LLP. During his 40-plus year career, Jones has served as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, and special counsel to a variety of clients in the implementation and financing of major capital projects for public and nonprofit entities. Jones writes and speaks frequently on a wide variety of public finance topics. He is a regular discussion leader at the annual Bond Attorney Winter Workshop and frequently speaks at programs sponsored by the Government Finance Officers Association, the National and Pennsylvania Associations of Bond Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Municipal Bond Club of Philadelphia.
Andrew Reid serves as a Senior Fellow for the Economy League with a particular focus on issues of economic equity and social justice. He is currently a member of Tufts University’s inaugural Urban Justice and Sustainability program focusing his research on the impact of innovation-based economic development efforts on gentrification and equity in adjacent neighborhoods and communities. Andrew is the former federal Economic Development Representative (EDR) and Point of Contact (POC) for the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) representing the states of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. Prior to his federal service, Andrew served in executive and senior staff roles in economic development and redevelopment at the local and regional government level in Northern California. Andrew holds degrees from Golden Gate University and the University of California – Davis and Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) Certification from the National Development Council. He resides in Malvern with his wife Kathleen and an entourage of ‘scratch and dent’ rescue animals.