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PHS Welcomes Nancy A. Goldenberg and Chris Woods
by Alan Jaffe, PHS communications manager - posted 9/4/2012
PHS' new Senior VP for Programs and new Director of Meadowbrook Farm, respectively bring tremendous talent to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
PHILADELPHIA (September 2012) – The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has announced that Nancy A. Goldenberg – one of Philadelphia’s most effective leaders in city planning and park administration – will join the nonprofit organization as the new Senior Vice President for Programs and Planning.
In addition, PHS will welcome Chris Woods, who served as executive director and chief garden designer at Chanticleer for 20 years, as the new Director of PHS Meadowbrook Farm, the estate and garden center operated by PHS in Abington Township.
“We are very happy to welcome Nancy and Chris, who brings great talent and experience to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society,” said PHS President Drew Becher. “They will help guide our ongoing programs and new efforts in greening and beautifying landscapes throughout the region.”
Goldenberg will join PHS in October after serving for 12 years as Vice President of Planning for the Center City District. She has been responsible for managing the CCD’s strategic planning initiatives and special projects, including the current transformation of Dilworth Plaza at City Hall and the renovation of Sister Cities Park at Logan Square.
“Nancy has been an essential part of Center City District’s management team for almost two decades,” said Paul Levy, CCD President and Chief Executive Officer. “Due to her vision and persistence, the CCD has taken the lead in major park improvements along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, at Collins Park on Chestnut Street, and at Dilworth Plaza. With her assuming a leadership position at PHS, the entire city will benefit from her dedication and hard work.”
Goldenberg previously was Program Administrator of the Fairmount Park Commission, where she directed the preparation of natural lands restoration master plans for watershed and estuary park areas, managed design development of new environmental education centers, and managed the expansion of volunteer efforts to support natural lands maintenance.
As chief program officer at PHS, Goldenberg will establish the strategic direction and evaluation for programs, including regional and national greening strategies, education initiatives, and urban planning, policy and design.
“I have always admired the remarkable work of PHS and its impact on the quality of life and economy of this region,” Goldenberg said. “I can’t think of a job that more perfectly combines my professional strengths and personal passions with my desire to be part of an ambitious team of people working to position Philadelphia as the nation’s center of horticultural excellence. I believe strongly in the mission of PHS and I feel incredibly fortunate to now be a part of the organization.”