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Economic and Community Advisory Council

The Economic and Community Advisory Council (ECAC) was originally created in 2008 and was later enhanced in 2016. The council informs the Bank's senior leadership team about emerging trends, issues, and market conditions in the Third Federal Reserve District and nationwide. The ECAC also extends partnerships with organizations from the private and public sectors and fosters greater integration and collaboration to have a broader impact on the Third Federal Reserve District and to encourage economic growth.

Council Resources

Economic and Community Advisory Council Public Charter
2017 Council Directory
Press release, January 19, 2017
Press release, February 16, 2017

Meeting Details

November 30, 2016, Meeting Agenda Meeting Summary
June 1, 2016, Meeting Agenda (abbreviated meeting)

2017 Members

Madeline Bell, President and CEO
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia External Link
Philadelphia, PA

Staci Berger, President and CEO
Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey External Link
Trenton, NJ

Daniel Betancourt, President and CEO
Community First Fund External Link
Lancaster, PA

Edward L. Dandridge, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Marsh & McLennan Companies External Link
New York, NY

Patrick J. Eiding, President
Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO External Link
Philadelphia, PA

John A. Fry, President
Drexel University External Link
Philadelphia, PA

Chris Gheysens, President and CEO
Wawa, Inc. External Link
Wawa, PA

Terri Kelly, President and CEO
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Newark, DE

Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President and CEO
Urban Affairs Coalition
Philadelphia, PA

Michael A. Nutter, David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice of Urban and Public Policy, Columbia University, and Former Mayor of the City of Philadelphia
Columbia University External Link
New York, NY

Devesh Raj, Senior Vice President, Strategic
and Financial Planning
Comcast Corporation External Link
Philadelphia, PA

Maria Rodale, Chairman and CEO
Rodale, Inc. External Link
Emmaus, PA

Donald F. Schwarz, Vice President, Program
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation External Link
Philadelphia, PA

Linda Thomson, President and CEO
JARI External Link
Johnstown, PA


Reserve Bank Council Leadership

Deborah L. Hayes, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs, and Erin Mierzwa, department manager of Community Development Studies & Education, oversee this council.

Please contact Erin directly with any questions (erin.mierzwa@phil.frb.org; 215-574-6641).

Deborah L. Hayes

Deborah L. Hayes
Senior Vice President
Corporate Affairs

Erin Mierzwa

Erin Mierzwa
Department Manager
Community Development
Studies & Education

  • Last update: February 16, 2017