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Senior Management

Executive Office
Pedro A. Ramos

President and CEO

Pedro A. Ramos is the President and CEO of The Philadelphia Foundation. Appointed to this role by the Foundation’s Board of Managers on July 14, 2015, Ramos is charged with leading the Southeastern Pennsylvania Region’s oldest and largest community foundation into a new era of philanthropy, collaboration and innovation that will drive broad civic engagement and lasting positive change for the region’s most vulnerable populations.

Ramos oversees the Foundation’s 900 charitable funds, the awarding of more than $25 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and individuals each year, management of the Fund for Children and the development and implementation of social impact programs.

Previously, Ramos had been a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP where he Co-Chaired the Higher Education Practice Group and was a member of the Business Services Department, the Nonprofit Organizations Group and the Diversity Committee. He had also served the City of Philadelphia both as its Managing Director -- a role in which he oversaw most of the City’s public safety, public works and human services -- and as the City Solicitor.

His roles in education include serving as the Vice President and Chief of Staff to the former President of the University of Pennsylvania and as Chair for both the Philadelphia School Board and the School Reform Commission.

Ramos grew up primarily in North Philadelphia and Olney, attended public schools and graduated from Central High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. In 2014 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Drexel University. Ramos also completed an Eisenhower Fellowship that encourages innovative leaders to enhance their skills, enrich our world and encourage justice and peace.

Ramos has received many accolades including the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania’s La Justicia Award, the Leon J. Obermayer Award, the Philadelphia Education Fund’s EDDY’s Award and its Giving Forward Award, the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia Citizen of the Year, the Annual Puerto Rican Festival’s Citizen of the Year Award and the Philadelphia Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award.

He is married and is the father of two adult daughters.

Email: pramos@philafound.org

Lois Gabin-Legato

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Lois Gabin-Legato joined The Philadelphia Foundation as Vice President of Institutional Advancement in October 2016.

Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Associate Vice President at the Office of Institutional Advancement of Drexel University, where she led advancement efforts for the College of Computing & Informatics and the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Previously, she was an Assistant Vice President for Major Gifts at Drexel, and a Senior Director of Development and Major Gifts Officer at Temple University (including the Fox School of Business and the Dental School).

Gabin-Legato spent the first part of her career on Wall Street working in securities for E.F. Hutton and then as a Vice President for UBS Securities. During that time besides building expertise in securities, she developed knowledge of estate planning. She also earned a law degree (JD) from Temple for the purpose of augmenting her estate planning skills.

Her community roles include serving as a member of the Board of Directors of The Friends of the Coreill Institute in Camden, N.J. and of the United Way of Burlington County, N.J. She also served as Chair for the New York City Junior Committee for UNICEF. She has been a member of the Community Board for the Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association and a member of Rotary International's Moorestown Breakfast Club. In addition, Lois has volunteered for campaigns to benefit the Samaritan Hospice of N.J. and the Moorestown, N.J. Community House.

Email: lglegato@philafound.org

Nell Booth

Chief of Staff

Nell Booth joined The Philadelphia Foundation as Chief of Staff in January 2016.

Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Managing Associate at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, a retained executive search firm specializing in higher education executive recruitment for colleges and universities, with additional practices in independent school and nonprofit recruitment.

Booth previously spent a decade as the President’s executive assistant and chief of staff at Bryn Mawr College, where she served on the senior cabinet, participated in institutional strategic planning and decision-making, and acted as the President’s liaison for internal and external constituencies. She worked closely with the Board of Trustees, and was named acting Secretary of the College in her final year.

Early in her professional career, she worked in fundraising at Harvard Divinity School and as a researcher at the Washington, DC-based research firm, Investor Responsibility Research Center.

Booth earned her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and a master’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania. She moved to Philadelphia in 1991 and is a proud member of the Leadership Philadelphia Core Class of 2007.

Email: nbooth@philafound.org

Administration and Communication

Finance and Operations

Brian A. Burrell

Staff Accountant
bburrell@philafound.org

Matt Charles

Accounting Manager
mcharles@philafound.org

Carol Dash

Gifts & Benefits Administrator
cdash@philafound.org

Mary Feingold

Staff Accountant
mfeingold@philafound.org

Mark Froehlich

Chief Financial Officer
mfroehlich@philafound.org

Liz Kenney

Junior Accountant
lkenney@philafound.org

Erik Lambertsen

Grants Administrator
elambertsen@philafound.org

Rikkia Thompson

Senior Accountant
rthompson@philafound.org

Professional Advisors
Thomas Mesko

Professional Advisors Officer
tmesko@philafound.org

Philanthropic Services

Donor Engagement
Marsha Budd

Donor Services Officer
mbudd@philafound.org


Maggi Kirk

Development and Donor Services Officer
mkirk@philafound.org

Scholarships
Sylvia T. Spivey

Development & Scholarship Manager
sspivey@philafound.org


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