Stacy E. Holland

Executive Director

Stacy E. Holland was appointed executive director of the Lenfest Foundation in 2014. Recognized for her success in building innovative programs and approaches that help children and youth in Philadelphia thrive as young adults, Ms. Holland was identified by the board as the ideal leader to build and implement a grant-making strategy that would have a lasting impact after the foundation sunsets. As executive director, Ms. Holland is executing the board’s strategy to help Philadelphia’s youth obtain the access and equity needed to achieve sustainable growth and economic stability. Prior to joining the Lenfest Foundation, she served as the chief of strategic partnerships for the School District of Philadelphia. There, she built an Office of Strategic Partnerships, which was responsible for the district’s fundraising initiatives and connected the district’s work to outside organizations and government agencies with the goal of maximizing services to children. Prior to her assignment with the School District, Ms. Holland was president and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), a nonprofit she co-founded in 1999. PYN is dedicated to integrating services and building systems to promote positive postsecondary and economic outcomes for the 15,000 young people it serves annually. She has been recognized and received numerous awards for her service. Among them are the Educator of the Year Award from Need in Deed (2014); the White House Champion of Change Award (2013); the Smart CEO Brava Award (2012); the Outstanding Service Award from Sankofa Freedom Charter School (2012); and the Philadelphia Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award (2005). Ms. Holland holds a B.S. in marketing from the College of New Jersey and a M.A. in student personnel administration in higher education from Teachers College Columbia University.

Wes Somerville

Program Officer

Wes Somerville has more than 25 years of experience in the business, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. He joined Prudential in 2001 and served as community resources manager, overseeing sponsorships, employee engagement, community partnerships and grantee relationships for a region that covered Florida to Maine. Prudential’s philanthropy focused on education, community development and career education. Prior to joining Prudential, Mr. Somerville served as production manager for FirstNight Atlanta, ceremonies manager for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and company manager for Disney’s production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida with Heather Headley. Somerville currently serves on the Board of West Oak Lane Charter School and previously was treasurer of Delaware Valley Grantmakers (now Philanthropy Network). He holds a B.A. from Cornell University.

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