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Urban Affairs Coalition Celebrates 45 Years Driving Change in Philadelphia and Nationwide


This Friday, 1000 community leaders and decision-makers in Philadelphia’s business, government, and grassroots communities, including Pennsylvania Governor-Elect, Tom Wolf, will join the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) at the UAC’s sold-out 45th Anniversary Breakfast.

Driving change from the ground up for 45 years, UAC has improved the quality of life in the Philadelphia region b building wealth in urban communities and solving critical problems, such as digital literacy, job training, youth development, free tax services, small business development, anti-predatory lending, adult education, economic inclusion, HIV/AIDS prevention, and homeless prevention services.

The theme of this year’s breakfast is “To this we pledge…” and guests at the breakfast will pledge their support of UAC’s mission to “improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues.”

“I consider everything we do that helps people to be a significant impact,” Sharmain Matlock-Turner, CEO of UAC told TwitChange in an exclusive interview. ”Together we are building the bridge for the next generation of leaders, while continuing to build a home for non-profits where really great, award winning and nationally recognized work gets done.”

UAC's CEO, Sharmain Matlock-Turner

UAC’s CEO, Sharmain Matlock-Turner

Matlock-Turner has been CEO of UAC for 15 years, and is emcee of this year’s breakfast, during which community leaders will be honored for their involvement and impact in Philadelphia and beyond.

This year’s honorees are:

JudgeHughes-HeadshotCommunity Leadership Award: Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes, CEO, American Red Cross of Southeastern PA. Inspired by Ernest E. Jones, this award honors a community organization and its leader for contributing to the quality of life in the region.




GrantRawdib-Headshot(1)“Doer” Award: Grant Rawdin, Esq., President and CEO, Wescott Financial Advisory. Inspired by Governor Edward G. Rendell, this award honors an individual who has made the communities of Philadelphia a better place to live, work and play.




RomyDiaz-HeadshotLiving Legacy Award: Romulo (Romy) Diaz, Jr., Esq., Vice President and General Counsel, PECO. Inspired by State Representative Dwight E. Evans, this award honors a policy leader who has committed to fostering the Coalition’s mission.




UAC’s wortk in the Philadelphia community is far from over. “Throughout 2015 and beyond, UAC will continue to be focused on the future, especially making sure that technology is provided and works for all of our program partners,” said Matlock-Turner. “We will continue advocacy around summer jobs for teens, as we believe it is critical for teens to have those experiences. We’ve also been chosen to develop the inclusion plan for the new Comcast Innovation Center.”


Though centered in Philadelphia, UAC also does work in other parts of the country, and their efforts have a national impact. Those outside of the Philadelphia area are encouraged to contact UAC if there are groups who are looking for a home for their non-profit, said Matlock-Turner. UAC can either work directly with those groups, or connect them with other partners in UAC’s national network.

If you would like to support UAC’s efforts in Philly and across the nation, donations can be made online at www.uac.org/donate.

About the Urban Affairs Coalition

The Urban Affairs Coalition unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiatives to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities and solve emerging issues. With a network of over 55 partner organizations, UAC strengthens nonprofit organizations through fiscal sponsorship, capacity building, and program evaluation in order to provide economic opportunity to low-income households, working families, and disadvantaged businesses.

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