Delaware River Waterfront Corporation Board of Directors
Donn G. Scott
Retired, Former Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo
Donn G. Scott retired from Wells Fargo in March, 2014 after 44 years of service. Mr. Scott was responsible for servicing and developing relationships in Government with a focus on School Districts, Municipalities, Authorities and States in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and parts of Maryland for Wells Fargo.
A graduate of Lincoln University with an MBA from Temple University, he started his career with Wells Fargo in 1970. He serves as Chairman Emiritus of the Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, and is on the board of the Children First Fund which is the development arm for the Philadelphia School District. He formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Lincoln University, The Barnes Foundation and was chair of the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Marilyn Jordan Taylor
Dean, PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania
Ms. Taylor, a distinguished and much admired practitioner, is Dean of The University of Pennsylvania’s PennDesign, one of the country’s leading schools of design. With over 35 years at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, she is recognized worldwide as a thought leader in urban design using public space and infrastructure in the design of large-scale urban projects and civic initiatives and a woman pioneer in the fields of architecture, planning, and construction. Ms. Taylor led her former firm in a variety of Urban Design & Planning projects such as New York’s East River Waterfront Master Plan and Columbia University’s Manhattanville Master Plan. Taylor also founded her firm’s Airports and Transportation Practice with airport projects such as SkyCity at Hong Kong International Airport and the transformation of New York’s Farley Post Office to Moynihan Station. Taylor has served as a member of The Partnership for New York City, President of the American Institute of Architects (NYC Chapter), visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Penn Institute for Urban Research.
Principal-in-Charge, Synterra Ltd.
Mr. Wilson founded Synterra Ltd., a site planning, landscape architecture, development planning and construction management firm over 35 years ago. In 1995, he founded Synterra Partners, a commercial, residential and hotel development firm. Today, Synterra Partners’ core business includes office, retail and residential developments including the 740-acre corporate center at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Mr. Wilson is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts in Landscape Architecture and the Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture. He has served on the board of many organizations including the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Delaware Valley College, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, PHLCVB Diversity, Philadelphia Zoo, Please Touch Museum and the University of the Arts.
A long time arts administrator, Ms. Woosnam is currently Chairman of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Previously, she served as Director of the Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Philadelphia, was Co-Chairman of the Arts, Culture and History Transition Committee for the Governor of Pennsylvania, Edward G. Rendell and Chaired or Co-Chaired three Transition Committees for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. During her eight year tenure with the City of Philadelphia, The Avenue of the Arts development project became the centerpiece of the City’s redevelopment of its former commercial center. Her office provided oversight for the formation of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund to sustain the vital arts infrastructure, the creation of the Marian Anderson Award, and the revitalization of the City’s Public Art and Art in City Hall programs. She currently serves on the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council and sits on the Boards of numerous local, regional and national organizations, including The Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, the Arden Theatre Company, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Art Alliance.
Owner, Fork Restaurant, High Street on Market, High Street Hospitality Group
Principal, PZS Architects, LLC and President of Puente Construction Enterprises, Inc.
Mario Zacharjasz, AIA, is Co-founder and Principal of PZS Architects, LLC, President of Puente Construction Enterprises, Inc., and President of 503 Corporation, an award-winning Latino-owned supply company. As a child he emigrated from Cuba with his family and was raised in Puerto Rico. In 1982, Mario moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University to pursue a degree in Architecture, and has called Philadelphia home ever since.
PZS Architects offers planning, programming, and design for institutional, commercial, multi-family residential and corporate clients. Since founding PZS in 1992, Mario has guided the firm's growth, engaging in many exciting projects including Villiger Hall, a new student residence hall at St. Joseph's University; Morgan Hall, a new student residence and dining complex at Temple University; 10 Rittenhouse Square, a new luxury condominium residence; and The Ayer Building, a transformative restoration of the N.W. Ayer & Son headquarters into luxury residential condominiums.
Mario is committed to serving the Latino community in the region. He supports many non-profit organizations, and actively serves on several boards and committees throughout the city. He was recently appointed to the Philadelphia World Heritage Committee by Mayor Nutter, and is the Past President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Additionally, he is the current Chairman of the Board for the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he oversaw the creation of the first ever The State of Hispanic Business Report for the Greater Philadelphia region. Mario also serves on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia, and on the Advisory Council for the Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center in Philadelphia. In each of these capacities, Mario focuses his energy on community sustainability, encouraging his partners, staff, and colleagues to do the same.
Partner, Brawer & Hauptman Architects
Avi D. Eden
Consultant with a background in finance and law
Mr. Eden is currently Director of Bel Fuse, Inc., a manufacturer of electronic components for the computer, networking and telecommunication industries, and an Investor with the Mid-Atlantic Angel Group. From 1996 to November 2003, he served as Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Board of Vishay Intertechnology with headquarters in Malvern, PA, operations in 17 countries, and 20,000 employees. Formerly, Mr. Eden worked in private legal practice, as a small business management advisor, as an attorney for Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads and as legal counsel to Vishay. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is also on the Board of Directors for AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, Democratic Committee Person for the 8th Ward, member of the United Way Tocqueville Society, and a member of the Center City Residents Association.
William P. Hankowsky
Chairman, President and CEO of Liberty Property Trust
Mr. Hankowsky joined Liberty Property Trust in January of 2001 as Chief Investment Officer. In 2002, he was named president and in 2003 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and elected Chairman of Liberty’s Board of Trustees. He has served as Commerce Director for the City of Philadelphia and is a past President of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. Mr. Hankowsky is the former Chairman of the Board for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and currently serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. With extensive experience in both the public and private real estate sectors, Mr. Hankowsky is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences and has been featured in a variety of media outlets.
Mr. Hankowsky currently serves on the boards of Aqua America Inc. (NSYE:WTR), Citizens Financial Group Inc. (NYSE:CFG), Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Philadelphia Shipyard Development Corporation, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Anne is the Director of Planning and Development, a newly created cabinet level position in the City of Philadelphia, which includes OHCD, PRA, PHDC and the Land Bank, as well as overseeing the City's planning, zoning, development services and historical commission. This position encompasses the Division of Zoning and Planning, Division of Development Services and Division of Housing and Community Development.
Prior to taking this position, Anne served as the Director of Real Estate Development at Dale Corporation. Her resume at Dale Corp includes the completion of the Neumann North Senior Housing complex, which includes 67 affordable rental units for seniors. Currently under construction is Spring Arts Point, a mixed-income, mixed-use project. She also served as a development consultant on a broad spectrum of both, market-rate and affordable projects in Philadelphia.
Prior to her tenure at the Dale Corporation, Anne was Director of Development at the Redevelopment Authority during the Rendell Administration. Anne has nearly 30 years of experience in the real estate development field, including project planning, site acquisition, securing approvals, project financing, legislative policy and overall project management.
Michael DiBerardinis assumed his new role as Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia on January 4, 2016. As Managing Director, DiBerardinis reports directly to the Mayor and oversees and coordinates activity across most major operating departments of city government.
Prior to becoming Managing Director, DiBerardinis served as Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources. In that role, he provided leadership for departments that managed more than 10,000 acres of land, 150 recreation centers and playgrounds, 150 neighborhood and regional parks, 54 library branches and thousands of programs and events throughout Philadelphia.
As Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation, DiBerardinis raised over $34 million in government grants, philanthropic funding and private partnerships; oversaw the merger of the Fairmount Park Commission and the Department of Recreation; renovated City-owned ice skating rinks; restored summer swimming season at all public pools and expanded outdoor recreation offerings.
At his core, DiBerardinis remains the community organizer he was in the 1970s, deeply committed to connecting with citizens—understanding their expectations, considering their solutions, negotiating their contributions—and providing the good government that all Philadelphia neighborhoods deserve.
Harold T. Epps is the Director of Commerce at the City of Philadelphia and is a business leader with over 30 years of corporate experience in providing high performance products and solutions for complex and compliance driven industries. As Director of Commerce, Harold oversees and implements policies to help both small businesses and major corporations in Philadelphia thrive. Commerce coordinates activities along neighborhood commercial corridors with small businesses and entrepreneurs, major real estate development projects, large-scale business attraction and retention efforts, as well as efforts to increase minority-owned business contracting opportunities.
Most recently, Harold was the Vice-Chairman of the Board of PRWT Services and served as PRWT’s President and CEO from 2007 – 2014. PRWT Services is one of America’s largest minority-owned firms and a $100M provider of high-performance business solutions, facilities management and infrastructure support services. Prior executive roles include Quadrant, Menasha Corporation and Polaroid, where Harold led subsidiaries and divisions with annual revenues up to $175M and 2,000 employees. Throughout his career, Harold built a solid reputation for positioning organizations for sustained growth, successfully managing change and restructuring, improving efficiency, spurring innovation and maintaining a focus and discipline of continuous process and performance improvement.
Epps’ personal commitment to workforce development and business opportunity diversity and inclusion efforts continue to drive his civic and board activities. Harold is currently a member of the North Carolina Central University Board of Trustees, and Co-Chairman of the Comcast National African-American Advisory Council. Formerly, Harold served as the Chairman of the African-American Museum of Philadelphia, and was an executive committee member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and The Urban League of Philadelphia.
Stephanie Mays- Boyd has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She currently serves as a member of the Senior Management team as Vice President, Sales and Marketing with SMG at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA). Mays-Boyd provides leadership to a dynamic sales and services team by creating sound strategies that yields $7 million dollars of revenue to the Center.
She currently serves as Second Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Executive Board Member for the African American Museum of Philadelphia. She also serves as Chair of the Leadership Council for the United Negro College Fund, the Philadelphia Tribune Charities Board and Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Board of Directors. She is a former Trustee for Peirce College. Mays-Boyd is also very active within the hospitality industry serving as Board of Director for The National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners and PHLDiversity. Mays-Boyd is a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Links, Inc. She was recognized by the Philadelphia Tribune as one of Philadelphia’s Most Influential and as one the Philadelphia region’s “Leaders”.
Mays-Boyd is a 2009 graduate of the National Urban League Leadership Forum and a graduate of the 2010 Class of Leadership Philadelphia. She holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Clark-Atlanta University.