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PEC Announces New Leadership for PEC Community Development Corporation


(Philadelphia, PA) People’s Emergency Center (PEC) is pleased to announce that new leadership is in place for its community development arm, PECCDC.  Both leaders are current staff at PEC moving into new roles.

PEC has appointed James Wright as the Director of PECCDC.  James has 15 years of experience in neighborhood planning, economic and real estate development, and galvanizing multiple stakeholders to leverage community assets, specifically business corridors.  He has served as the Lancaster Avenue commercial corridor manager for nine years.  James holds an MBA in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University.  He was recognized as a 2016 Rising Star by the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations. James became a member of the Emerging Leaders Program of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and of Next City’s Vanguard Class in 2010.   Prior to PEC, James handled real estate development at New Kensington Community Development Corporation.  He serves on the boards of Mighty Writers, West Philly Tool Library and Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations.

Stephanie Wall has been appointed as the Deputy Director of PECCDC. Stephanie has 11 years of experience in community and real estate development.  She has served as project manager for seven years, overseeing the development of 98 housing units with $27 million in funding.  Stephanie holds a Master of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto, where she was a Fellow from 2004-2006.  She is a Mentor with University of Toronto Planning Alumni Mentorship Program and serves on the board as Secretary of Scenic Philadelphia.

Kathy Desmond, President PEC, said: “I’m excited to continue to work with James Wright and Stephanie Wall in their new roles.  As stars in community development in the city of Philadelphia, I can’t wait to see where they lead us next on this journey.”

PEC's main community development service area encompasses the neighborhoods of Belmont, Mantua, Mill Creek, Saunders Park and West Powelton.  PEC forms partnerships for strengthening neighborhoods with community members and organizations, individual donors, foundations, and government agencies. Over the past 25 years, they have raised nearly $60 million to help revitalize these Lower Lancaster Avenue neighborhoods. 

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