Kenney Announces Chief Cultural Officer, Director of Immigrant Affairs, & Deputy of Immigrant Affairs and Services
PHILADELPHIA – In a statement, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced three additional appointments to his administration. Kelly Lee will serve as Chief Cultural Officer, Miriam Enriquez will serve as Director of Immigrant Affairs and Services, and Hani White will serve as Deputy Director of Immigrant Affairs and Services.
“I’m confident that Miriam Enriquez and Hani White will lead Immigrant Affairs expertly. Their combined experience in advocacy and public policy will advance Philadelphia’s reputation for welcoming newcomers and better serve our current immigrant population. I look forward to working with them on an issue very close to my heart.”
Miriam Enriquez will serve as Director of Immigrant Affairs and Services. Enriquez was born in Philadelphia, but spent a good part of her childhood living in several different Latin American countries, including her family’s country of origin, Nicaragua. Most recently, Enriquez served as City Councilman-at-Large Dennis M. O’Brien’s Director of Legislation and Policy where she was instrumental in crafting and passing landmark legislation to protect immigration services consumers in the City, Bill #140142. This legislation has since served as a model for other jurisdictions in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Texas. Prior to her work on City Council, Enriquez served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for seven years. Enriquez received her B.A. with distinction from George Mason University and her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University, where she was awarded the CALI Award for Immigration Law and Civil Rights Litigation.
Hani White will serve as Deputy Director of Immigrant Affairs and Services. Currently, White serves as the Co-Chair of the Indonesian Diaspora Network (IDN) of Greater Philadelphia, as Director of Asset Building and Immigrant Services at Women’s Opportunities Resource Center, on the Advisory Board of IDN USA, on the Team of Philadelphia Police Asian American Advisory Committee, and on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs. White’s community activism has earned her many accolades including the Community Service Award from Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Pennsylvania (HIAS PA) and Philadelphia National Organization For Women (NOW) Economic Justice Honoree. An Indonesian immigrant who has been located in Philadelphia for nearly 15 years, White is fluent in English, Bahasa Indonesia, Malay and read and write in Arabic.
“Kelly is a passionate member of Philadelphia’s arts and culture community. I know that her work in this arena along with her background in the private and public sector will make her a high-impact Chief Cultural Officer.”
Kelly Lee will serve as Chief Cultural Officer. This position will lead the Office of Arts and Culture and report to the Managing Director. In Lee’s previous work in economic development at Innovation Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, she demonstrated a strong knowledge of Philadelphia’s arts and cultural institutions and programs, the impact it has on the quality of life in Philadelphia’s communities and neighborhoods, and how a vibrant cultural sector is essential to the city’s ability to attract and retain businesses and a talented workforce. A native of Philadelphia and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Lee currently serves on the Advisory Committee and Audience Engagement Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and on the Advisory Committee of the African American Museum in Philadelphia Walter P. Lomax Networking Society. Lee has previously served on the boards of the Philadelphia Women’s Theater Festival, the Young Friends of the Arden Theatre Company, the Rising Stars, the Young Friends of the Kimmel Performing Arts Center, Charter High School for Architecture and Design, the Marketing Committee of Art-Reach, the Membership Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.