Delaware River Waterfront Corporation Board of Directors
Michael DiBerardinis is the former Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia. In this role, he reported directly to the Mayor and oversaw and coordinated 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.
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.
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.
William P. Hankowsky
Former Chairman/CEO, 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.
Partner, Brawer & Hauptman Architects
Obra S. Kernodle IV
Commissioner, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Obra S. Kernodle IV is a graduate of Roman Catholic High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in 2002.
Obra played a key role on the Wolf campaign as both deputy Campaign Manager and Political Director. Before his appointment as a member of Governor Wolf’s senior staff, Obra was a senior advisor for Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s transition team.
Prior to joining the Wolf for Governor campaign, Obra worked in Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Administration as Deputy of Legislative Affairs, helping to coordinate the city’s Actual Value Initiative. In 2012, Obra was part of President Obama’s reelection effort as the Pennsylvania Southeast Political Director. Obra previously served as the Political Director for both Mayor Nutter’s 2011 reelection bid and District Attorney Seth Williams’ race in 2009.
Obra is currently serving a three-year term as Commissioner of the Gaming Control Board and sits on the boards of Southern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), African American Museum, Visit Philadelphia, and Welcome America.
Commerce Director, City of Philadelphia
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 Emeritus 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
Professor of Architecture & Design & Former 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.