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Celebrating Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco
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Over 1,100 Gather to Celebrate Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco
UAC Board Member & 7-Term Philadelphia City Councilmember 
After serving the City of Philadelphia for more than half of her life, Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco said goodbye in a Celebration of Service with over 1,200 of her friends, supporters and colleagues in attendance at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Tuesday, December 8. Amid many special performances at the celebration were greetings, presentations and tributes from elected officials, including Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, City Council President Darrell Clarke, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and The Honorable Edna Jackson, the first Black woman to be elected mayor of Savannah, Ga. 

Prior to embarking on a career in politics, Councilwoman Tasco worked at the Urban Affairs Coalition, formerly known as the Urban Coalition often times called the "The Urb," under the leadership of the late Charlie Bowser. She has also been a dedicated member of the UAC Board of Directors since 1990. Tasco worked for Secretary of State for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, C. Delores Tucker and the late Congressman William H. Gray III. Additionally, she was the first African American elected as a Philadelphia City Commissioner serving in that position from 1983 to 1987. Upon leaving that role, Tasco began her service on Philadelphia City Council. 

Tasco says she will continue to serve on various boards upon her retirement, including the Urban Affairs Coalition. She will continue to remain active in the many causes she cares about. 

Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco pictured above with UAC Board Chair Grant Rawdin, Esq. and UAC President Sharmain Matlock-Turner at UAC's 46th Anniversary Breakfast held on November 20, 2015.
UAC Celebrates 46 Years of Driving Change from the Ground Up!
Thank You for Making this Year's Networking Breakfast a Success!
On behalf of the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC), our Board of Directors and the 46th Anniversary Breakfast Cabinet, thank you for making this year's anniversary celebration and networking breakfast a success. We believe this year's theme, “Breaking Barriers, Building Coalitions,” challenged us to reflect on the importance of being dissatisfied with conditions as they are, yet committed to working together to make a difference in our poorest communities. 

The room brimmed with 800+ leaders in business, government, nonprofits and education to honor three dynamic leaders who embody the spirit of Breaking Barriers, Building Coalitions: Dr. Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania; Trudy Haynes, Emmy Award-Winning Broadcaster, Trailblazer, and Activist; and Steven Scott Bradley, President/CEO, Bradley & Bradley Associates and Chairman, African American Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Amy Gutmann, University of Pennsylvania President, received the "Doer Award" presented by Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro, UAC President Sharmain Matlock-Turner & UAC Board Chair Grant Rawdin, Esq. 
Emmy Award-Winning Broadcaster and Trailblazer Trudy Haynes received the "Living Legacy Award" presented by State Representative Dwight Evans.
Steven Scott Bradley, President & CEO of Bradley & Bradley Associates and African American Chamber of Commerce Chairman, received the "Community Leadership Award" presented by Paul Tufano, President of AmeriHealth Caritas.

Our terrific after breakfast reception hosted more than fifty current and prospective Friends of the Coalition (pictured below). They are the future of our work and engaged in discussions about deepening their personal involvement and commitment to the work of the Coalition. Click here to learn more about Friends of the Coalition.
Save the Date!

Please mark your calendars and join us again next year on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 to celebrate our 47th Anniversary from 7:45am - 9:30am at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
We wish you the best during the holiday season, and have a happy, healthy New Year!
Don't Do More with Less,
Do More with Us!
Nonprofit Executive Leadership Roundtable

On Friday, December 18th from 3pm - 5pm, UAC will host its Coalition U: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Roundtable. This think-tank discussion will focus on challenges that nonprofit Presidents, CEOs and Executive Directors encounter managing organizational operations while also positioning their companies for growth. This will be an opportunity for nonprofit executives to share best practices and collaborate with their peers. RSVP required, space is limited to one executive per organization. For more information, please contact Felicia Harris at
#PartnerTuesdays One Day At A Time 
Holiday Toy Giveaway & Stop the Violence March

Each holiday season, UAC Program Partner One Day At A Time (ODAAT) works diligently with community partners to gather toy donations for families experiencing hardships. On Wednesday, December 23 from 5pm - 7pm, ODAAT will kick-off the holiday celebration with a brief six block Stop the Violence March starting and ending at 1628 West York Street. Following the march ODAAT will host the Toy Giveaway and serve dinner and hot chocolate to the community. Support ODAAT in helping to spread Holiday Joy throughout our communities. For more information, contact ODAAT at (215)226-7860. 
Search the hashtag #PartnerTuesdays on Google or any social media platform to learn more about UAC Program Partners and their impact in the region!
UAC #ontheground
UAC Program Partner Philly Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) held an inspiring Poetry Slam in late November at the Rotunda where Youth poets competed for a place on PYPM's national poetry team. UAC Marketing & Communications Coordinator Felicia Harris attended and served as a guest judge. #UAContheground
On December 7, UAC President & CEO Sharmain Matlock-Turner was a featured panelist at the Comcast Diversity and Inclusion Summit. Sharmain shared her expertise about supplier diversity and how minority firms can build diverse business partnerships with majority firms. #UAContheground
Events & Opportunities
Click on the event for full event details! 
Dec. 18th -- Coalition U: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Roundtable
Dec. 19th -- Volunteer for Miracle on 36th Street
Dec. 23rd -- ODAAT Holiday Toy Giveaway & Stop the Violence March
Now - January 15th -- The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy's Center City
For more event listings, visit
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Priorities is a publication of the Urban Affairs Coalition. The contributing author and editor is Felicia Harris, Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Founded in 1969, the Coalition unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues. Visit us at Thank you for subscribing to Priorities

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