Alan Jacobson, President/Founder of ex;it
Alan Jacobson, President
Michele Segre, Secretary
Michele has worked for more than 20 years in Interior Design and Project Management of design related fields. Michele received her BS from Skidmore College and her MBA in Business Process Reengineering from Villanova University. Michele is a LEED Accredited Professional and has worked on LEED certified projects.
Michele has championed the arts as an advisor to ARTvision Atlanta, an annual art auction that raises money for Positive Impact and HIV support organization in Atlanta, and has been a supporter of Skidmore College since graduation, including local alumni activities, charitable fund-raising and student admissions. Michele has also served as a member of the board of directors of the Stotesbury Homeowners Association.
As a Philly native, volunteering in the community is very important to Michele. Through her passion for community, arts and helping others, Michele finds her work at The Village truly rewarding and inspiring.
Brian Kelly, Treasurer
Born and raised in a financially stable family of six children in NY, he received his BS in Economics from UPenn, with a concentration in Local Development in a Globalized Society. He then spent one year in Guatemala as a human rights accompanier, using his international/racial privilege as a deterrent against politically motivated violence. Back in Philadelphia he worked on The Village’s Shared Prosperity project, an asset-based community development approach to ensure just and equitable development. He is currently a Graduate Student Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. His research focuses on just distribution of economic rents associated with natural resources, specifically looking at development of the Vermont Common Assets Trust. Additional interests include how the structure of the monetary system corresponds to persistence of economic growth doctrine, how social justice memes spread through society, and soap-making.
John Doyle is the co-owner of John and Kira’s Chocolates, a socially progressive manufacturer and retailer of gourmet chocolates in Philadelphia since 2002. His creations have graced the pages of many national magazines, such as the New York Times and Wine Spectator, and were declared by Ruth Reichel at Gourmet Magazine as her “favorite chocolates”. The company is known for it’s mix of business and social programs, such as Project mintpatch, where urban student gardeners in Philadelphia and Washington DC grow mint and other herbs that are then used to create the companies line of Urban Garden Chocolate Bars.
Saul Behar serves as Vice President and General Counsel at the University City Science Center, where he oversees all legal and government relations matters. The Science Center is a 50-year old nonprofit research park, business incubator and economic development organization located in West Philadelphia.
Saul has over 25 years of experience as an attorney, senior executive and strategic advisor, managing sophisticated corporate, real estate and securities transactions for both early-stage and established companies in diverse fields.
In addition to serving on The Village’s Board, Saul serves as Board Chairman of the Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund, which provides need-based scholarship aid for graduates of public high schools in Lower Merion. He also serves on the Community Facilities and Business Loan Committee of The Reinvestment Fund, a Philadelphia-based community investment and neighborhood revitalization organization.
Mindy Watts, AICP, PP is a Senior Associate at Interface Studio, a city planning and urban design practice based in Philadelphia that has won National Awards from the American Planning Association for Excellence in Grassroots Initiatives and Public Outreach. Mindy has worked extensively in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, addressing the polar challenges of managing growth in robust markets and fostering revitalization in those facing continued decline and abandonment. She recently completed The Economic Development Strategic Plan for Germantown and Lehigh, commissioned by the Philadelphia Department of Commerce and Philadelphia City Planning Commission, which focused on the commercial corridor located at The Village’s front door.
Mindy teaches a Planning Workshop for first-year graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Her background is in Fine Arts, and she still dabbles in printmaking as time and space allow.
Marángeli Mejía Rabell is a Puerto Rico-born, Philadelphia-based creative and community development resource whose work is focused on strategic alignment and partnership development. Through her work with AfroTaino Productions, she has served as a resource to brands & corporations, co developed and executed comprehensive campaigns/special events and produced arts/culture programming with conciencia. Her efforts with APM are centered around the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a neighborhood focused collaborative project working on quality of life issues.
Throughout her 23 years in the city of Brotherly Love, Marángeli has engaged in a wide range of community development efforts and arts/culture initiatives designed to support the empowerment process of Puerto Ricans/Latinos. Her professional philosophy is centered on her commitment to the community’s educational, professional and personal growth and utilizing arts & culture as a tool for social change.