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Sakinah I. Rahman, chief operating officer

Sakinah I. Rahman, MBA, brings more than 15 years of public finance experience to the Philadelphia Park Alliance. As COO, Sakinah leads finance and operations. Prior to joining the Park Alliance, Sakinah worked on nonprofit capital and cash flow financing as a commercial banker, investment banker and most recently as lead of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation’s tax-exempt bond division.  Sakinah’s career has centered around telling the financial stories of nonprofits and she is a frequent lecturer on nonprofit financial statement analysis.

In further support of mission-driven organizations, Sakinah has served on several not-for-profit Boards. Sakinah currently serves as the Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s Board of Directors and on the African American Museum in Philadelphia’s Finance committee. Sakinah earned a M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Finance from Morgan State University.

Sakinah claims Philadelphia as home. She is a resident of Philadelphia’s Mt. Airy neighborhood and frequent traveler of the Wissahickon hiking trails.

Bethany Chisholm Yost, Development Director

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Bethany is a Boston native where she attended the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has become a Philadelphia lover in her six years here, thanks to the city’s vibrant arts and culture community and the top-notch food scene. She has spent the last five years in fundraising for the nonprofit sector, starting as an intern at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), and eventually working her way up to Manager of Annual Giving and Special Events. She then worked as the Development & Marketing Manager at Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, before coming to the Philadelphia Parks Alliance.

Bethany founded HSP’s Young Friends board in 2014 and has served on the board of Young Involved Philadelphia since 2015 as the Development Chair from 2015-2017, and now as the Vice President.

Bethany lives in West Powelton with her husband, Justin and their lazy dog, Charlie.

damon c. williams, community outreach manager

Damon, born and raised in West Philadelphia, is a product of Temple University’s JPRA program.

Upon completion, Damon embarked on two award-winning tenures in journalism, first as a community and breaking news reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, and later, as a Senior Political Reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune. Over the past decade and a half, Damon has developed and nurtured relationships with a wide variety of Registered Community Organizations, Advisory Councils, stakeholders, and community members in ensuring Philadelphia’s communities received proper coverage and exposure.

Through his tireless community work and responsible writing, Damon has been recognized and honored by Philadelphia City Council, the National Association of Black Journalists, IAFF Local 22, and the Greater Philadelphia Hip-Hop Alliance. Damon is a fervent supporter of all of Philadelphia’s great and diverse communities.

Damon currently lives in Overbrook with his wife Francina, two children – Jahfari and Selah - a blasé cat and mischievous dog.





Carl Smith