Kenney Announces Director of Emergency Management, Director of Sustainability, Deputy Managing Director for Children and Families
PHILADELPHIA – In a statement, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced that Samantha Phillips will serve as Director of the Office of Emergency Management, Christine Knapp will serve as Director of the Office of Sustainability, and that Eva Gladstein will serve as Deputy Managing Director for Children and Families:
“When it comes to emergency management nothing is more important than experience, and Samantha Phillips is a proven leader. During her tenure at OEM, she has steered our city through several natural and manmade disasters, earning her much deserved national recognition from FEMA. I am honored that she has agreed to stay in her role and continue to enhance Philadelphia’s readiness.”
Samantha Phillips will continue to serve as Director of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Phillips joined OEM in 2007 as a planner and went on to serve as Program Manager, Deputy Director for Planning, and the office’s Deputy Director. As Director, Phillips has reorganized OEM to improve capacity, refocused the agency’s attention on strategic planning, and concentrated on the operational integrity and implementation of citywide planning efforts. Phillips was integral in the City’s response to several citywide emergencies, many of which received Presidential Disaster Declarations, including Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and the fatal Amtrak 188 derailment. Phillips is also the Chair of FEMA Region III Regional Advisory Council, serves as a Board Member of Big Cities Emergency Management, Inc. (BCEM), and represents BCEM on the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Advisory Board. In July 2014, Phillips was also appointed to represent the emergency management discipline on FEMA’s National Advisory Council until July 2017. She holds a bachelor of science from American University, a Master of Public Health from George Washington University, and a Master in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
“The combination of Christine’s award-winning work for Philadelphia’s environmental advocacy organizations and her experience in city government make her the perfect choice for this role. Building a stronger bridge between the advocates who fight every day for Philadelphia’s natural resources and the City is a key priority of mine, and I have every confidence that Christine will be able to accomplish it..”
Christine Knapp will serve as Director for the Office of Sustainability. Knapp currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs for the Philadelphia Water Department, where she is the main liaison to City Council and numerous external stakeholders in the work of the regional drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utility. Over the past dozen years, Knapp has been at the heart of Philadelphia’s sustainability efforts, including as Director of Outreach for PennFuture where she founded the Next Great City initiative to enact a common sense, cost effective sustainability policy agenda for Philadelphia, and provided guidance on the creation of Greenworks, Philadelphia’s first sustainability plan. She has also worked on local air pollution issues stemming from the South Philadelphia Sunoco refinery and advocated for improvements to Philadelphia’s lagging recycling program while at Clean Water Action. Knapp has won the Florence Neilson award for her work on the board of the Recycling Alliance of Philadelphia and the Special Recognition Award from PhilaPOSH for her work building alliances between the environmental and labor movements.
“Eva Gladstein is an exceptional public servant. She has worked tirelessly for the last several years to tackle our City’s poverty epidemic in the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, and I know that experience will guide her cross-departmental efforts as a Deputy Managing Director for Children and Families. I look forward to working with her to ensure that every working family is included in our City’s success”
Eva Gladstein will serve as Deputy Managing Director for Children and Families. The Deputy Managing Director for Children and Families reports to the Managing Director, and focuses on the oversight and coordination of various departments including the Department of Human Services, the Office of Supportive Housing, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Services. Gladstein currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO), where she is responsible for helping to align the City’s efforts to lift individuals and communities out of poverty and increase opportunities for low-income individuals and families. Gladstein has held a variety of leadership positions within City government since 1998. Most notably, she served as the Director of Neighborhood Transformation for former Mayor John F. Street, coordinating a multifaceted strategy designed to renew and strengthen entire communities. Prior to being appointed to this position, Gladstein served as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Empowerment Zone under Mayors Street and Rendell. She began her career in the mid-1970s, co-founding and directing several non-profit organizations.