Farah Jimenez, President & CEO
It was twenty years ago, as a student at the University of Pennsylvania, that Farah Jimenez discovered her passion for public service. While a student, Ms. Jimenez volunteered to lead the University City Hospitality Coalition (UCHC), a full-time, volunteer-led program in West Philadelphia that served 2,800 family-style meals a month to homeless or low-income individuals and families.
This volunteer experience with UCHC opened the doors to Ms. Jimenez’ life-long career in the field of community development - a career which has included stints in housing policy and advocacy, public and Indian housing, and community development consulting.
In 2010, Ms. Jimenez returned to West Philadelphia to serve as President and CEO of the People’s Emergency Center – a comprehensive social services agency that serves vulnerable and homeless families through its portfolio of 240 housing units; case management and counseling services; community development; and the following five education centers - Center for Employment and Training, Center for Parenting and Early Childhood Education, Center for Empowerment and Life Skills, Center for Digital Inclusion and Technology, and Center for Financial Opportunity. In 2014, PEC, along with several neighborhood partners in Mantua, was selected to receive a Promise Zone designation from the Obama Administration.
Hired in 2010, during her tenure, Jimenez has led the organization through several transformational changes, including the launch of a youth transitional housing program, the establishment of a Visiting Scholars program and Research Department, implementation of two federal stimulus grants to establish 20 public computer centers throughout Philadelphia providing free Internet access and computer training to residents; and the addition of 16 beds to PEC’s emergency shelter and 32 affordable housing units in the community for single mothers and their children.
In 2014, Governor Tom Corbett nominated and the Pennsylvania Senate confirmed Jimenez to serve on the School Reform Commission. In 2010, Governor Tom Corbett appointed Jimenez to the Pennsylvania Commission on Women and the PA Secretary of Education’s Homeless Education Task Force. A recipient of many awards, Ms. Jimenez is most proud of the Brownlee Senior Award – awarded to her for her community service, by the election of her peers, while a graduating senior at the University of Pennsylvania.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Ms. Jimenez spent 13 years at the helm of Mt. Airy USA, a nonprofit real estate development corporation in Philadelphia's historic Mt. Airy neighborhood. As its Executive Director, Ms. Jimenez led Mt. Airy USA’s successful efforts to transform its neighborhood’s long-blighted commercial corridor into a thriving dining and retail destination in Northwest Philadelphia. Employing real estate development strategies as a primary catalyst for this transformation, Ms. Jimenez led the development of various commercial and residential projects – from rental to homeownership to condo – and acquired a six-acre site for the agency’s next venture – a $50 million transit village.
In 2006, President Bush appointed Jimenez to a five-year term on the Community Development Advisory Board of the U.S. Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. Active locally, Ms. Jimenez serves as a board member of the Einstein Healthcare Network. Jimenez is also a regular panelist on WPVI’s Inside Story, a weekly public affairs show on 6ABC in Philadelphia and serves as an occasional guest on The Larry Kane Show, airing on the Comcast Network.
Farah can be reached at 267-777-5819 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her assistant, Peg McCool, can be reached at 267-777-5874 or email@example.com.