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Ann West Figueredo

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Ann West Figueredo has her M.B.A from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and her B.A. from Haverford College. Ann’s career spans both the private and social sector.

 

Ann started in the pharmaceutical arena as a Senior Market Analyst at Pfizer International, and subsequently held various product manager and strategy roles at Banker’s Trust Company and Visa International. In the mid 1990’s Ann became a Partner and Managing Director at Spectrem Group, a national management consulting and M&A firm to the financial services industry. After Spectrem was sold to NFO research and subsequently IPG, Ann was named President of the Board of Directors for Talking Talons Youth Leadership, a national award winning youth development and environmental education organization.  Simultaneously, Ann was an independent consultant leading several large scale strategic assessments in the investment management and trust domains. She subsequently held senior positions as the Chief Solutions Architect at SEI Investments and the Director of the Capital Program at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia.

 

In 2008, Ann joined Haverford College as the Director for Principal and Major Gifts, and in 2014 was promoted to Vice President of Institutional Advancement, where she served until December 2020. Reporting directly to the President, Ann had full responsibility for Development, Alumni and Parent Relations, and their underlying technology and operations functions as well as oversight of College Communications. As a member of the Senior Staff, Ann was active in all aspects of running the College and was a key interface to the Board, staffing several Board Committees.

 

Ann planned, executed and stewarded the largest comprehensive capital campaign in the 185 + year history of Haverford College, raising over $270 million, exceeding campaign goals by 20%, and meeting every financial target for each stated priority. She built a team and infrastructure to consistently deliver $20-25 million in annual philanthropic support and sustained that momentum well beyond the end of the campaign. 

 

As an industry leader and forward looking strategist, Ann recruited experts to spearhead a syndicated market research behavioral study on the evolving donor landscape in the Liberal Arts, and galvanized a multi-college training for advancement professionals on antiracism.

 

Ann resides in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania with her husband Vincent, and has 3 adult daughters and one (so far!) adorable granddaughter. Ann is fluent in Spanish and conversational in French. She enjoys travel, hiking, cooking, yoga, animal rescue, horseback riding and foreign literature.

Marlene L. Olshan

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Marlene has her B.A. from Temple University, and is currently enrolled in Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government’s Public Leadership Credential Program.

 

Marlene began her career in the fashion retail sector. She has served as the Vice President, Stores for various national chains of clothing stores such as Children’s Place, Conran’s, Aeropostale, and G-III apparel.  In these roles, Marlene was responsible for scaling up brick and mortar stores from concept to expansion, with direct P&L responsibility for hundreds of stores nationwide. Marlene served as an active member of each respective organization's Executive Committee.

 

Marlene joined Spectrem Group in the mid 1990’s as a Managing Director. Marlene’s responsibilities included Operations, Human Resources, Marketing and firm Administration.

 

When Spectrem was sold in 2000, Marlene began her career in the social sector as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA, the esteemed youth mentoring organization. As CEO, Marlene was instrumental in the development and expansion of two programs which became national models for the Big Brothers Big Sisters network. One program, the Amachi Mentoring Program, was a program geared specifically towards youth who had an incarcerated parent. The other program, called Beyond School Walls, was an innovative program that brought at risk youth to a partner corporation during the work day. Both programs garnered national attention and allowed the organization to grow into the 3rd largest BBBS agency out of over 380 affiliates nationwide.

 

Marlene left BBBS SEPA to join Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the National office, as Chief Operating Officer in 2012. When BBBSA moved to Dallas, Texas, Marlene’s love of Philadelphia kept her from relocating, and she was then appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter as the Deputy Commissioner, Performance Management and Accountability for the Department of Human Services, City of Philadelphia.

 

In 2015, Marlene joined Vetri Community Partnership as CEO. In this role she was responsible for the strategic direction and day to day operations of this non-profit whose mission is to help improve health outcomes of children and families through culinary and nutrition education. Under Marlene’s leadership, VCP grew its programs in over 75 schools and community based organizations through-out the Philadelphia region.

 

Marlene has been recognized for her community leadership: she is a recipient of the “Connector” award from Leadership Philadelphia, acknowledging her as a top leader in the region for exemplifying high quality leadership and concern for the common good; The Humanitarian Award from B/Nail Brith, Philadelphia, in 2009 and again in 2016, and the Advocacy Award from the Center for Civil Rights.

 

Marlene currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Hopeworks, and the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia. She was recently appointed as one of four lay people to serve on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s  Judicial Review Board. She resides in Philadelphia with her wife Mindy, and enjoys travel, reading, beach time, biking and cooking.