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Brian has served in multiple public sector roles. He finished his city career as Philadelphia’s Managing Director, overseeing all the City and County’s 30+ operating departments, 20,000 employees, and $4.8 billion budget. Brian has also led the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, negotiating millions of dollars in redevelopment projects and finding creative solutions for affordable housing. He started his city career as an aide to Councilman Frank DiCicco, analyzing the city budget, crafting legislation, and working with community groups.
Throughout his tenure with the City, Brian earned a reputation as a problem solver and consensus builder, tackling some of the City’s greatest challenges. Brian was instrumental in Philadelphia’s Zoning Code Reform, the Central Delaware Waterfront planning process, the redevelopment of Center City’s Gallery Mall, the initial response and planning following the refinery explosion, and managed several large-scale events including the Democratic National Convention, Made in America concerts, and NFL Draft. He tackled the City’s opioid and homeless crises and proved to be a strong partner with communities and businesses in improving their quality-of-life.
Brian has served on multiple boards including the Arden Theatre Company, Culture Trust, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Planning Commission, and Board of Pensions and Retirement. He is currently a member of the Philadelphia Art Museum’s Architecture and Facilities Committee and the Catholic Leadership Institute’s Next Generation Parish Task Force. He has received Urban Land Institute’s 40 Under 40 and has been recognized by Women Against Abuse for his efforts against domestic abuse.
Brian lives with his wife and two daughters in Philadelphia.
Jocelyn Jones Arnold brings a deep and unique expertise in the philanthropic, nonprofit and local government sectors. Throughout her three decades of professional experience, Jocelyn served as program staff at the Philadelphia Foundation, Trustee and Board Chair of the Valentine Foundation, Assistant Director of Pembroke Philanthropy Advisors, the first Development Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, and Deputy Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Recovery & Grants. In this this role, Jocelyn has facilitated broad and diverse collaborations among City agencies and community partners that led to the City obtainng more than $150 million in public & private investments, grant awards and federal designations. These include the first of President Obama’s 10-year Promise Zone designations for West Philadelphia, management of a three-year federal grant and partnership between the Philadelphia Police Department, the School District of Philadelphia and local criminal justice partners which led to an unprecedented 71% decrease in the Philadelphia’s school-to-prison pipeline, and a $22M grant from FEMA that enabled the Philadelphia Fire Department to hire 168 new firefighter positions.
Jocelyn is a skilled communicator and cross-sector connector who’s areas of expertise include: Racial equity, social & economic justice, development & fundraising, grantmaking & philanthropy, community empowerment, arts & culture, criminal & Juvenile justice reform, women and girls (gender oppressed, LGBTQ & trans), civic engagement, and multi-sector partnerships.
Jocelyn serves on the board of the Gender Justice Fund, the Philadelphia Histories Collaborative and the Pennsylvania Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Corporation. She is also a member of the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Cultural Resources Advisory Council and Bloomberg Philanthropies’, Bloomberg Cities Network. Most recently, Jocelyn was accepted for membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Betsy Ross Flag House Chapter (PA) and Col. Timothy Bigelow Chapeter (MA) based on her free, African-American patriot ancestor, Jethro Jones’ six years of honorable service with the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
Lorelei Gauthier is a seasoned management professional with a successful track record of leading organizations, boards and departments in operational and strategic capacities. Her most recent work experiences include serving as the Chief of Staff for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of the Managing Director, where she managed operational initiatives for the largest department in Philadelphia city government, including projects related to COVID response.
Prior to joining the City, she served as Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers’ Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for creating and maintaining strategic partnerships to further FIGHT’s programmatic and clinical work; and she is a founding member/former co-chair of the Technology Learning Collaborative, Philadelphia’s first professional development association for digital equity professionals and advocates. Lorelei’s career experience includes project management of large-scale, federal and privately funded programs for youth and adults, resource development, program evaluation, strategic planning, board development and operations management in the non-profit, government and health care sectors.
Lorelei holds a B.A. in Media Studies with a minor in Visual Arts from Fordham University, an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School, and a Certificate in Fundraising from the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she has worked as a Program Officer for Public/Private Ventures, an Associate Director for the Asian Arts Initiative, and is a 2010, 2012 and 2013 photography grantee for the Leeway Foundation. Her photography and videography work can be viewed at http://loreleigauthier.com.
She is currently residing in the Cleveland, Ohio area and is the parent of a very enthusiastic toddler.
Maureen S. Rush retired in 2022 as the Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of the University of Pennsylvania Police Department. Ms. Rush joined the Division of Public Safety in 1994 as the Director of Victim Support & Special Services. Ms. Rush then served as the Chief of the Penn Police Department from 1996 through 2000. She was appointed Vice President for Public Safety at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. As the CEO of the agency her duties include directing the tactical and strategic focus of the Division of Public Safety and all aspects of Law Enforcement, Safety and Security Technology, and Emergency Preparedness. She is responsible for managing a budget of over $27 million dollars and encompassing eight departments totaling 179 Penn employees. The departments include: The Office of the Vice President, the University of Pennsylvania Police Department, Security Technology, Emergency Communications, Fire & Emergency Services, Special Services, Security Services and Finance & Administration. The Division of Public Safety also employs approximately 550 AlliedBarton contract security officers to secure buildings, student residences and supplement the Penn Police Department on street patrol within the Penn Police patrol jurisdiction. The Division of Public Safety is responsible for all Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Planning for the University.
During her tenure the Penn’s Police Department evolved into a model campus law enforcement agency, continually meeting the challenges faced by an urban university, while at the same time strengthening its relationships with the Penn and West Philadelphia communities, and with the City of Philadelphia. With 120 police officers, the Penn Police Department is the largest private police department in the state of Pennsylvania. In March 2001, the Penn Police Department was awarded national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), becoming the first nationally accredited campus police agency within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Penn Police Department remains accredited through CALEA, most recently being awarded ADVANCED Reaccreditation in April, 2016. CALEA administers a rigorous accreditation process whereby law enforcement agencies must adhere to over 440 standards, codes and state-of-the-art practices.
Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Rush had a distinguished eighteen-year law enforcement career with the Philadelphia Police Department from 1976 through 1994. Ms. Rush served in various positions, namely: the Patrol Division, the Anti-Crime Unit, the Traffic Division, the Narcotics Unit, and the Training Bureau. In 1976, Ms. Rush was one of the first 100 women police officers hired to serve the City of Philadelphia on “street patrol” in a pilot program directed by the United States Department of Justice. Women now comprise twenty-five percent of the Philadelphia Police Department, with approximately 1,650 officers, as a result of that successful pilot program.
Pelham Advisors works with individual independent contractors depending on the needs of each client. We have established relationships and ready expertise in grant making, nonprofit management, public safety, government relations, and project management.