On Tuesday, Sept 29, CCRA held its Annual Meeting in person. This is the first Annual meeting held in person since the pandemic.
Members of CCRA voted unanimously 7 new board members. These members are:
Michael Coleman – Michael, a native of Allentown, has made Philadelphia his home since graduating from college and law school at Penn (except for two years after law school, working at the SEC in D.C.). Michael’s had two careers: practicing law for 19 years, including 11 years as a partner at Pepper Hamilton, and then starting and managing a legal search, recruiting and placement firm for 26 years. Since late 2020, Michael and his wife, Ellen, have lived on Rittenhouse Square. Michael’s non-career interests have focused on: expanding the City’s visibility as a vibrant, well-regarded arts and culture community (he was a founder of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA) and a long time Board member of Philadelphia Theatre Company); and mentoring, career counseling, and helping students from underserved communities. He is an active member of CCRA’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee.
Kate Federico (incumbent) - Born and raised in Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, Kate Federico has been a licensed Realtor in the Philadelphia, Center City area since 2001. She has been on the CCRA Board for 15 + years co-chairing the Association's Annual Rittenhouse / Fitler Square House Tour with her Mother, Kathleen, and most recently participated on the Events Committee for the very successful 75th Year Celebration Gala. Volunteering in the community is rewarding and fulfilling for her and she loves meeting and serving her neighbors.
Gilbert Feinberg (incumbent)- Gil has studied, lived and worked in Center City since 1970 and now resides in the Rittenhouse Square area with his wife, Nadeen Van Tuyle. Gil is a sole practitioner attorney specializing in estate planning and settlement. Gil is current board member and past president of Gretna Music and now serves on the board of Singing City.
Bill Goldstein (incumbent)- Bill Goldstein is a life-long Philadelphia resident, having grown up in West Oak Lane, across the street from the original Ben & Irv’s Delicatessen. He graduated from Central (215 class), Penn (College ’64, Law 67) and will be married (to Joan) 55 years in May. Bill has lived full-time in the Murano since 2013.
Richard Huffman (incumbent) - Richard FAIA is a retired architect partner at Wallace Roberts and Todd. He and his wife, Susan have lived and raised a family for 50 years in Center City. His other board assignments include CPDC, Friends Select School, AIA and Urban Land Institute.
Leo Levinson - Leo Levinson loves Center City Philadelphia, and especially our district. He and his wife enjoy spending 12 months a year living here, as they are not shore people nor snowbirds. Leo also works in our district – he owns GroupLevinson Public Relations, one of the highest rated branding and PR firms in Philadelphia. Leo is already active in CCRA as our magazine’s roving food writer.
Bill West - For the last several years I have served as co-chair of CCRA's streets committee, which focuses on helping to make our streets safe, useful, and pleasant for everyone. Other committees are engaged in complementary activities - such as the effort to revitalize our neighborhood tree canopy and the push to find better ways to collect our trash. Altogether these initiatives amount to an attempt to reimagine our streets - what do we use them for, and how do we use them? I have come to believe that I can be more useful in this overall effort if I become a member of the board, in addition to my duties on the streets committee.