Senior Management Staff

The Coalition has more than 500 full- and part-time employees working in communities. A core staff at 1207 Chestnut Street provides administrative support to the overall organization. A team of Senior Managers lead the Coalition:


Arun Prabhakaran, Executive Vice President

Arun S. Prabhakaran is the Executive Vice President of the Urban Affairs Coalition, where he oversees all of the $46M organization’s operations. Most recently, Prabhakaran entered the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO) to serve as Chief of Staff to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner in January 2018, following an historic election in 2017 that saw record-high turnout for Philadelphia District Attorney. Arun planned and directed the administrative, financial, and operational activities for the DAO, the fifth largest prosecution office in the United States, serving 1.5M citizens of the City and County of Philadelphia with an annual budget of $48M. 

Formerly, Mr. Prabhakaran was the Senior Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer for the Urban Affairs Coalition, where he oversaw UAC’s External Affairs work in fund development, new business, government relations, strategic partnerships, board development and relations, marketing and communications, and community affairs. His previous professional experience includes: Government Relations and Public Sector Sales for a public policy IT firm; founding the city's first youth-oriented harm reduction drop-in center, which served homeless, drug addicted youth; working as an independent consultant to nonprofits, government, political candidates, and other institutions; and a decade of grassroots organizing experience working to advance human rights and end poverty in the U.S. Currently, Mr. Prabhakaran serves in a variety of leadership capacities in the community, including: Maternity Care Coalition, Vice President, Board; and Philadelphia Works, Research and Policy Committee.

 

Kevin Satterthwaite, Chief Administrative Officer

Kevin Satterthwaite joined the Coalition in 2009. Kevin oversees and manages teams responsible for the daily administration and operations necessary to service the multiple business lines supporting the Coalition's 65 programs and 400 employees. These teams include Financial Management Services, Program Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, Risk Management, Facilities and Core Programs. A former Principal and Vice President of Information Systems at CMS Companies, a financial services and private investment banking firm with assets in excess of $2 billion. He successfully managed talented technical teams on critical IT projects, which resulted in improved customer service strengthening CMS's competitive positioning in the industry.

Kevin has over 35 years of experience working with for-profit and nonprofit organizations, leading the implementation of innovative business and technology solutions that significantly increased revenues, improved business processes, and minimized costs. Kevin holds a BBA degree in Computer and Information Sciences from Temple University.


Karen Harvey, Vice President, Partnership Services & Engagement

Karen Harvey joined the Coalition in September, 1999.  At UAC, she supports 80 program partners by providing capacity building, organizational support, stabilizing operations and increasing program effectiveness. Karen also assists with the analysis, coordination, and creation of best practices for UAC program services. Karen has held several management positons while at UAC. 

Prior to joining UAC, Karen accumulated years of progressive management and human resources experience in the financial services, government, and education sectors including: Manager of New Business Development for BISYS Plan Services, a retirement plan investment firm; Manager of Human Resources for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and Career Development Program Coordinator for New York University's Graduate School of Business (The Stern School). Karen obtained her BS in English Education from Clarion State University and her MA in Guidance and Counseling from Atlanta University.

 

Duane "D.J." Thornton, Vice President, Development & Strategic Partnerships

 

DJ Thornton is the Vice President of Development and Strategic Partnerships for the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) in Philadelphia, PA. DJ helms UAC’s External Relations and Advancement strategies, working to assure continuity and consistency across UAC’s Advancement portfolio.  Prior to his role with UAC from August 2016 to May 2018, he served as the Director of Corporate Partnerships for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern new Jersey, where he was responsible for fundraising more than $13M annually. In addition, DJ has more than 15 years of experience with nonprofit management including internal operations and administration, program oversight, staff development, executive leadership and fund development. DJ is also an active member of the community. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Bread and Roses Community Fund, co-chaired the Cuyahoga County Loaned Executive Program, and volunteered for Project Home. Currently DJ serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wayne Wildcat and People’s Light Theater. DJ received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University.

 

Thomas Love, Controller

Thomas D. Love joined the Urban Affairs Coalition in January of 2009 as a General Ledger Accountant and has worked his way through the ranks to Controller. Thomas is responsible for managing the fiscal department and providing UAC’s Board of Directors and management with timely and accurate financial data to allow them to make informed business decisions. He is also responsible for annual budgets, cash flow projects, audits, tax returns, Federal, State and City contract compliance, financial statements based on Generally Accepting Accounting Principles(GAAP) and UAC's overall financial compliance. 

Thomas graduated from University City High School in Philadelphia and went on to attend Virginia State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He continued his education at the University of South Florida working towards a Masters in Accounting. He did not complete his masters at USF and later earned a Certification in Government Contract Management from Villanova University with a 4.0 GPA and a Masters of Science in Forensic Accounting from New England College with 4.0 GPA. Thomas is an active member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Toastmasters International.

 

Brandon R. Johnson, Director of External Affairs

Brandon R. Johnson has been a member of the UAC Family since 2014 when he was a graduate intern for the Summer Youth Employment Program. He has had the auspicious opportunity to grow with the Coalition. Now a member of the senior team, Brandon is responsible for driving and executing mission-critical components that maintain the public image, enhances business performance, builds and maintains strategic relationships, and identifies opportunities to improve external impact for the organization. Specifically, Brandon leads and directs Marketing & Communication, Board Development and Relations, and External Affairs; and supports UAC's efforts in Advancement, Business Operations, Strategic Planning, institutional events, and special projects. Whether through the scope of the Director, or taking on special projects as needed, Brandon enjoys every day being different and working every day to better the lives of Philadelphians and Greater Philadelphia communities. Brandon has a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) focused in Nonprofit/ Public/ Organizational Management from the University of Delaware and a B.A. from The Ohio State University.

 

Tivoni Devor, Director of Growth and Development

Tivoni Devor, MBA, has spent his entire career in the nonprofit sector. While working for diverse institutions in many roles, Tivoni has often found himself developing earned revenue models and designing strategic partnerships to grow those organizations. In this capacity Tivoni’s work developing earned and recurring revenue from developing and launching new products and services have earned millions for the nonprofits he has worked for. Tivoni currently works as Director of Growth and Engagement at the Urban Affairs Coalition, where he helps social entrepreneurs leverage fiscal sponsorship to jumpstart their nonprofit endeavors as well as existing organizations become more efficient. At UAC he has helped launch dozens of new organizations and projects.  He has also is a prolific writer covering the nonprofit sector, he currently has a regular column  in Generocity, a Philadelphia-centric social impact web-based publication where he writes a column called, “Getting Good Done”.

 

Dainette Mintz, Government Relations Officer

Dainette Mintz joined the Coalition in March 2016 following a year of retirement from the City of Philadelphia in January 2015 after 32 years of public service. During her City tenure, Dainette held the Commissioner level position as the Director of the Office of Supportive Housing (OSH) and also served as the Director of Special Needs Housing at the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD).

In her role at the Coalition, Dainette is responsible for the creation and execution of a Government Relations Plan focused on the maintenance and development of business relationships to support the growth of UAC’s business with local government and nonprofit organizations. Dainette is also the Managing Director for UAC's PHLpreK Program. Dainette holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

 

Jojy Varghese, Director of Community and Economic Development

Jojy Varghese is the Director of Community and Economic Development at the Urban Affairs Coalition, joining the Coalition in January 2016. A graduate of Central High School, Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania, Jojy started his career in management consulting, focusing on program support for large scale transformational projects, serving both public sector and commercial clients locally here at Accenture and in DC with Booz Allen Hamilton. As a Senior Consultant, Jojy provided analytical services on the development of strategies for Federal government clients that have been instrumental in reforming healthcare and I.T. governance. After earning his MPA from University of Penn’s Fels Institute of Government, Jojy was selected to be Chief of Staff for PA State Rep. Tony Payton Jr., bringing a widely diverse range of experiences and strategies to the 179th Legislative District, serving the lower Northeast and parts of North Philadelphia. Prior to joining the Coalition, Jojy was hired by the Mayor of Reading, PA to be the city’s first ever Deputy Director of Housing and Real Estate. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jojy Varghese has dedicated himself towards the betterment of his hometown and strives to implement innovative and effective policies and initiatives here in the city. He currently serves on the Board of the Affordable Housing Centers of Pennsylvania (AHCOPA) and the Advisory Committee of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), as well as various steering committees and civic associations throughout the city.