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.
Kevin Satterthwaite, Chief Information Officer & Chief Operating Officer
Karen Harvey, Manager of Program Partner Services
Sandra Higginbotham, Director of Human Resources
Beverly Woods, Director, Economic Opportunity Division
Shante Antrom, Interim Director, Community and Economic Development
Nancy Pontone, CPA
Nancy Pontone joined the Coalition in 2011. She is a Certified Public Accountant with over 29 years of experience in controllership, internal audit and financial management in a non-profit museum and academy and in the banking industry. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, she worked in Scranton, PA before relocating to Philadelphia in 1996. She holds a BA in Political Science from New York University and did coursework in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Law and Business at the University of Scranton. She is a volunteer gardener in the perennial garden at her local branch of the Free Library. She is the clerk of the vestry at her church where she also gardens and sings in the choir. Nancy volunteers for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and has been a Philadelphia architectural tour guide.
Chief Information Officer & Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Satterthwaite joined the Coalition in 2009. Kevin oversees and manages teams responsible for the daily operations necessary to service the multiple business lines supporting the Coalition's 65 programs and 400 employees. These include IT, HR, Program Services, 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 $1.5 billion, Kevin has worked with for-profit and nonprofit organizations, leading the implementation of innovative technology solutions that significantly increased revenues, improved business processes, and minimized costs. 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 holds a BBA degree in Computer and Information Sciences from Temple University.
Vice President & Chief External Affairs Officer
Arun Prabhakaran was recently appointed to the position of Government and Strategic Partnerships after serving as the Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager for UAC's Advancement Department. Arun has raised over $12 million dollars for the Coalition and its program partners. In his new role he oversees, development, new business, government relations, strategic partnerships, board development and relations, marketing and communications and community affairs. Arun's previous professional experience includes Government Relations and sales for Solutions for Progress, a public policy IT firm. Arun founded the city's first youth-oriented harm reduction drop-in center at Youth Health Empowerment Project, serving homeless and youth with substance abuse challenges. He has worked as an independent consultant to nonprofits, government, political candidates, and other institutions and has over a decade of grassroots organizing experience working to advance human rights and end poverty in the USA. Arun holds a BA in Chemistry from Kent State University.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom joined the Coalition in April 2014. Prior to joining UAC, Tom served as the Vice President of Accounting and Treasury for the University City Science Center, a West Philadelphia-based research and entrepreneurship organization. He also spent 18 years with TeleRX Marketing in a variety of accounting and strategic finance roles. Tom is a graduate of Villanova University and a member of the Fairmount Rowing Association.
Director of Human Resources
Sandra Higginbotham joined the Coalition in December 2005, and has over 20 years of human resources management and employee benefits experience. She has spent the majority of her professional career in the corporate arena. Prior to joining UAC, Ms. Higginbotham was a Benefits Manager at GE Capital - TIP, and was responsible for managing benefits for approximately 2000 employees. Proudly and actively involved in her community, she currently tutors high school students in English and History, and previously held the position of Vice President of her local school board from 2000-2007. Ms. Higginbotham obtained her BS in Business Administration from LaSalle University and received her MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and holds a certificate as a Corporate Conflict Resolution Trainer.
Manager 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.
Director, Economic Opportunity Division
Beverly G. Woods came to the Urban Affairs Coalition in March 2009 to launch the Economic Opportunity Division. The Division focuses on the development of policy and practices that increase access to and ensure equity in business development and workforce opportunities for communities which face institutionalized barriers to inclusion. In her capacity, Ms. Woods provides leadership to Economic Development Projects, a consultant services business of the Coalition that assists public and private corporations in providing economic opportunity through their development projects and their corporate operations.
Ms. Woods joined the Coalition after a distinguished 14 year career in City government and the non-profit sector before that. In her role with UAC, Ms. Woods served as the wealthbuilding consultant to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation for its “Central Delaware River Waterfront Master Plan” which won the 2012 AIA Institute Honor Award for Regional Urban Design and the 2013 AIA New York State Award of Excellence. She has served as a panelist for the American Association of Blacks in Energy Conference and the WTS International Annual Conference; and represents UAC in a video that addresses fresh food access and “Best Practices in Creative Partnerships” for which UAC received recognition by the Centers for Disease Control in 2012. Ms. Woods also serves on The Reinvestment Fund New Markets Tax Credit Advisory Committee. Ms. Woods holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a Construction Management Certificate from Temple University.
Interim Director, Community and Economic Development