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Philadelphia Mayor Announces Staff Changes to Boost Local Businesses

Philadelphia Mayor Announces Staff Changes to Boost Local Businesses

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Philadelphia’s Mayor, Cherelle Parker, has announced key staffing changes to foster local business development and grow minority businesses. The initiative aims at ensuring equal opportunities for all businesses, particularly the underrepresented ones, aligning with the mayor’s inclusive economic policies.

Among the new appointees is Donovan West, the former CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce. As the director of business roundtables, his role will capitalize on creating dialogues and alliances across different industry sectors to promote growth while ensuring inclusivity.

Other appointments include officials dedicated to managing the newly established Office of Minority Business Success, tasked with providing resources and guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs. This is part of Mayor Parker’s commitment to ensuring equal entrepreneurial success for all citizens. The office is projected to contribute significantly to Philadelphia’s economic development and promote inclusivity.

Michael Newmuis, a previous impact executive at a global asset management firm, is appointed for the robust planning of major events set for 2026, such as the celebration of America’s historical 250th founding anniversary.

Rachel Branson, a prominent corporate attorney, is set to lead the Office of Minority Business Success, replacing the previous director. With her extensive legal experience, she is expected to support minority-owned businesses and foster an inclusive business environment.

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The last appointment is entrepreneur Darnell Thomas, assuming the role of deputy director for the new office. Known for his retail and real estate expertise, his insights are anticipated to influence strategic office operations.

Mayor Parker has expressed full confidence in her team, stating that each selection is based on meritocracy and suitability for their roles. She plans to further elaborate on these critical appointments at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s annual luncheon.

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