The Coalition has close to 300 full- and part-time employees working in communities. A core staff, including senior managers, provides administrative support to the overall organization.
Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President/Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Satterthwaite, Chief Administrative Officer
Arun Prabhakaran, Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer
Thomas Love, Controller
Karen Harvey, Director of Program Partner Services
Sandra Higginbotham, Director of Human Resources
Kate Rivera, Project Director
Jojy Varghese, Director, Community and Economic Development
Tivoni Devor, Manager of Partnerships and Outreach
Felicia Harris, Marketing and Communications Manager
Dainette Mintz, Government Relations Officer
President/Chief Executive Officer
About Sharmain Matlock-Turner
Chief Administrative Officer
Kevin Satterthwaite joined the Coalition in 2009. Kevin oversees and manages teams responsible for the daily administration and operations necessary to service the multiple business lines supporting the Coalition's 65 programs and 400 employees. These teams include Financial Management Services, Program Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, Risk Management, Facilities and Core Programs. A former Principal and Vice President of Information Systems at CMS Companies, a financial services and private investment banking firm with assets in excess of $2 billion. He successfully managed talented technical teams on critical IT projects, which resulted in improved customer service strengthening CMS's competitive positioning in the industry.
Kevin has over 35 years of experience working with for-profit and nonprofit organizations, leading the implementation of innovative business and technology solutions that significantly increased revenues, improved business processes, and minimized costs. Kevin holds a BBA degree in Computer and Information Sciences from Temple University.
Vice President & Chief External Affairs Officer
Arun S. Prabhakaran is the Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer for the Urban Affairs Coalition, one of Philadelphia’s premier nonprofit agencies. Over the last seven years, Arun raised nearly $15 million dollars for the Coalition and its program partners, including funding for some of UAC’s most innovative programming. Most recently, he led the launch and management of KEYSPOT: Powered by the Freedom Rings Partnership, a $27 M, three-year federally-funded citywide collaboration to bring internet access, training and technology to all Philadelphia communities – an effort recognized twice by the Obama Administration. He oversees UAC’s External Affairs work: fund-raising, business development, government relations, strategic partnerships, board development and relations, marketing and communications and community affairs.
Arun's previous professional experience includes Government Relations and Public Sector Sales for a public policy IT firm. Arun founded the city's first youth-oriented harm reduction drop-in center serving homeless youth with substance abuse challenges. He worked as an independent consultant to nonprofits, government, political candidates, and other institutions and possesses over a decade of grassroots organizing experience working to advance human rights internationally and end poverty in the USA. Currently, Arun serves on the Steering Committee for the following initiatives: National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, Temple University’s Maps and Apps Studio, Delaware Valley Nonprofit Partnership, and the Digital On-Ramps Initiative. He is a Senior Advisor to The Lafayette Practice, consortium of international professionals solving the complex problems that foundations and NGOs encounter. He is a board member at the Maternity Care Coalition and a Trustee at the Philadelphia Montessori Charter School. Arun holds a BA in Chemistry from Kent State University.
Thomas D. Love joined the Urban Affairs Coalition in January of 2009 as a General Ledger Accountant and has worked his way through the ranks to Controller. Thomas is responsible for managing the fiscal department and providing UAC’s Board of Directors and management with timely and accurate financial data to allow them to make informed business decisions. He is also responsible for annual budgets, cash flow projects, audits, tax returns, Federal, State and City contract compliance, financial statements based on Generally Accepting Accounting Principles(GAAP) and UAC's overall financial compliance.
Thomas graduated from University City High School in Philadelphia and went on to attend Virginia State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He continued his education at the University of South Florida working towards a Masters in Accounting. He did not complete his masters at USF and later earned a Certification in Government Contract Management from Villanova University with a 4.0 GPA and a Masters of Science in Forensic Accounting from New England College with 4.0 GPA. Thomas is an active member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Toastmasters International.
Director of Human Resources
Sandra Higginbotham-Briddell joined the Urban Affairs Coalition in December 2005. She has over 20 years of human resources management and employee benefits experience, and has spent the majority of her professional career in the for-profit sector. Prior to joining UAC, Sandra was a Benefits Manager at GE Capital - TIP, and was responsible for managing benefits for approximately 2000 employees. In her role at UAC, she provides leadership to the HR Department and manages all facets of HR activities for UAC’s 55 program partners and 300 employees. Sandra is currently a member of the Non-Profit of HR Professionals (NPHR) organization, and she currently mentors young professionals seeking careers in Human Resources, provides career counseling to high school students, and participates in career workshops at the area high school in her community.
Sandra obtained her BS in Business Administration from LaSalle University and received her MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She has received a Six Sigma Green Belt certification and a Trainer certification in Corporate Conflict Resolution.
Director of Program Services
Karen Harvey joined the Coalition in 1999, and has over 25 years of human resource management, workforce development, and fiscal management experience in the nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors. At UAC, she supports the new program intake process, and provides organizational support to programs that are considered to be "in crisis" stabilizing operations and increasing program effectiveness. Karen also assists with the analysis, coordination, and creation of best practices for UAC program services. Prior to becoming Manager of Program Services, she was the Deputy Director for Workforce Development Programs and Director of the Employment, Advancement, Retention (EARN), Partnership for Jobs, and Housing and the Career Employment Program (CEP).
Prior to joining UAC, Karen accumulated years of progressive management and human resources experience in the financial services, government, and education sectors including: Manager of New Business Development for BISYS Plan Services, a retirement plan investment firm; Manager of Human Resources for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and Career Development Program Coordinator for New York University's Graduate School of Business (The Stern School). Karen obtained her BS in English Education from Clarion State University and her MA in Guidance and Counseling from Atlanta University.
Kate Rivera joined the Coalition in 2011 and has a diverse background, having worked in for-profit, non-profit, and higher education. She has an MBA with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Finance from Drexel University and an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Kate holds the position of Project Director for the WorkReady program, which places youth in summer employment and provides the support necessary for success with strong employee mentorship and cultivation of 21st century skills. She also served as Project Director for KEYSPOT powered by the Freedom Rings Partnership, a city-wide coalition that leveraged over $26M of federal and non-federal funds to focus on a community-based approach to the problem of digital inequity in Philadelphia. KEYSPOT powered by Freedom Rings Partnership launched over 80 KEYSPOTS, or public computer centers; provided free computer and internet access to Philadelphians who made more than 430,000 visits to the KEYSPOTS; provided over 230,000 hours of computer training to over 25,000 participants; connected over 6,000 low-income families to internet access in their homes; and reached over 5M people with broadband adoption awareness impressions. Kate serves on the Board of Directors of Nationalities Service Center and the Homeless Assistance Fund Inc.
Director, Community and Economic Development
Jojy Varghese joined the Coalition in January 2016 as Director of Community and Economic Development. A graduate of Central High School, Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania, Jojy started his career in management consulting, focusing on program support for large scale transformational projects, serving both public sector and commercial clients locally here at Accenture and in DC with Booz Allen Hamilton. As a Senior Consultant, Jojy provided analytical services on the development of strategies for Federal government clients that have been instrumental in reforming healthcare and I.T. governance. After earning his MPA from the Fels Institute of Government, Jojy was selected to be Chief of Staff for PA State Rep. Tony Payton Jr., bringing a widely diverse range of experiences and strategies to the 179th Legislative District, serving the lower Northeast and parts of North Philadelphia. Prior to joining the Coalition, Jojy was hired by the Mayor of Reading, PA to be the city’s first ever Deputy Director of Housing and Real Estate.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jojy Varghese has dedicated himself towards the betterment of his hometown and strives to implement innovative and effective policies and initiatives here in the city. He currently serves on the Board of the American Lung Association and The Lighthouse, as well as various steering committees and civic associations throughout the city.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Felicia Harris joined the Urban Affairs Coalition in November of 2011. In her current role as Marketing and Communications Manager, Felicia is responsible for developing and implementing UAC’s marketing and communications strategies to increase the organization’s market presence, generate new business and improve customer service. She recently developed the Coalition’s 5-year marketing plan in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan. Felicia also manages the Coalition’s signature fundraising campaigns including UAC’s Anniversary Breakfast, Thanksgiving Basket Program and Friends of the Coalition. Additionally she is the Project Manager for UAC’s Coalition U initiative, a monthly series of capacity building seminars for nonprofit organizations.
Prior to joining the Coalition, she lived and worked in New York City, the District of Columbia and Philadelphia as a social entrepreneur, community activist and brand manager in real estate and education industries. In 2014 she was named a Connector and Keeper by Leadership Philadelphia and is a 2012 Center for Progressive Leadership alumna. Felicia holds a BBA degree in Marketing from Howard University and is a 2017 M.A.Ed. Candidate for Organizational Development at Temple University.
Manager, Partnerships and Outreach
Tivoni Devor, MBA, has spent his entire career in the nonprofit sector. While working for diverse institutions in many roles, Tivoni has often found himself developing earned revenue models and designing strategic partnerships to grow those organizations. In this capacity Tivoni has generated over $1.5M in earned and recurring revenue from developing and launching new products and services for the nonprofits he has worked for. Tivoni currently works as manager of partnerships and outreach at Urban Affairs Coalition, where he helps social entrepreneurs leverage fiscal sponsorship to jumpstart their nonprofit endeavors as well as existing organizations become more efficient. He has also is a prolific writer covering the nonprofit sector, he currently has two regular columns, one in Generocity, a Philadelphia-centric social impact web-based publication where he writes a column called, “Getting Good Done”, and is also a featured blogger for Nonprofit Pro, where he writes on national trends in the nonprofit industry.
Government Relations Officer
Dainette Mintz recently joined the Coalition in March 2016 following a year of retirement from the City of Philadelphia in January 2015 after 32 years of public service. During her City tenure, Dainette held the Commissioner level position as the Director of the Office of Supportive Housing (OSH) and also served as the Director of Special Needs Housing at the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD).
In her role at the Coalition, Dainette is responsible for the creation and execution of a Government Relations Plan focused on the maintenance and development of business relationships to support the growth of UAC’s business with local government and nonprofit organizations. Dainette holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder.