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Future in Focus annual celebration!



TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 20185:30 PM — 8:00 PM

Center for architecture + design

1218 arch street

rsvp now!

Join us to mark progress on Philadelphia2035 and celebrate the new Department of Planning & Development!

Event includes:

  • Speakers Mayor Jim Kenney and Dekonti Mends-Cole, Vice President, Mid-Atlantic, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase

  • 2017 Citizens Planning Institute graduation

  • Free copies of our Phila2035 2018 Progress Report & Calendar

  • Networking & refreshments


Learn about how we're putting the #FutureInFocusPHL!

More about keynote speaker dekonti mends-cole:


Video courtesy of Next City.

Dekonti Mends-Cole serves as Vice President for the Mid-Atlantic at JP Morgan Chase Global Philanthropy overseeing strategic grant making from Philadelphia to Richmond. Dekonti is an economic and community development practitioner having worked on the ground in the country’s most distressed communities.

Prior to joining JP Morgan Chase & Co., she served as the Director of Policy at the Center for Community Progress, a national non-profit based in Flint, Michigan, that equips communities with the tools and resources needed to effectively address abandonment, blight, and vacancy.

Additionally, Dekonti served as a Deputy Director at the Detroit Land Bank Authority, the country’s largest land bank, and as a fellow with the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative embedded in the City of Detroit.

She brings international experience and best practice to her grant-making role having previously worked on local economic development projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa including infrastructure investment strategies in Iraq and Zambia for the United Nations and community development projects tied to the 2012 London Olympics.

She holds an MSc from the London School of Economics in Urban Regeneration and Affordable Housing, a Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law Center, and a BA from University of Miami in International Studies and Economics.

Thank you to our generous sponsor BB&T


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