Deborah Gross - President & CEO
Debbie Gross comes to PMC from over 35 years of private legal practice in federal and state courts all over the country concentrating on complex commercial litigation.
She was Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2017, and focused her efforts during her Chancellor year on Philadelphia's extraordinary legal nonprofit community and the invaluable assistance they offer to Philadelphians. She spoke out on behalf of the Philadelphia Bar Association on the importance of judicial independence as the cornerstone of democracy. She and the Philadelphia Bar Association received a commendation proclamation from the Mayor as a result of the work they did to establish clinics to train lawyers to assist lawful permanent residents in becoming naturalized citizens and which resulted in over 300 individuals attending the clinics.
Debbie also served as President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 2013 and 2014, and as a Trustee of the Foundation from 2004-2020. She served on the Bar Foundation's Fundraising Committee, Grants Committee, Finance Committee and developed the Cy Pres Committee.
Debbie has served on the boards of many organizations such as Drexel's Kline School of Law, the Public Interest Law Center, Philly VIP, Temple Adath Israel of the Main Line, Women's Philanthropy of Jewish Federation and is active in many other organizations. Debbie teaches a class on complex litigation at the Villanova University School of Law.
Debbie received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Michelle Jordan - Director of External Affairs
Michelle Jordan has spent more than 20 years in the corporate sector such as PepsiCo, Inc. and Aramark, developing key corporate philanthropic programs, employee networks, community volunteerism and marketing campaigns focused on health and wellness and education initiatives servicing over 300,000 employees in 22 countries. She is known for launching key global programs to increase the reputation of an enterprise in addition to establishing and maintaining strategic relationships with national community based organizations driving stakeholder engagement.
Most recently, Michelle served as Director of Campus Relations for The Art Institute of Philadelphia where she focused on strategically driving brand awareness and donor development through corporate community collaborations B2B, launching social media platforms and a website, ultimately increasing engagement and the institution's reputation within the community.
Michelle is active in many organizations such as City Year, Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Volunteer Council and has served on boards including the Organization of Chinese Americans, League of United Latin American Citizenship, the YWCA Camping Services New York City and past chair of the National Hispanic Corporate Council.
Michelle has her B.A. in Marketing from Mercy College, NY and is certified in Corporate Citizenship from Boston College, MA. She also is a past Executive Advisor for the Executive Leadership Development Program at SMU, Dallas.
Michelle currently resides in Ambler, PA. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathleen Moyer - Manager of Marketing & Administration
Kathleen Moyer came to PMC from academia, where she worked in La Salle University's Academic Support Programs and Services department. There, she created student-facing content with advice for students navigating college life, managed social media accounts, designed marketing materials, created surveys for first-year students and advisors, and oversaw other administrative tasks.
She has worked with both The Eye Institute of Salus University and the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, coordinating and evaluating events and fundraisers.
Kathleen is also an active advocate for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence and has served as a Blog Correspondent for Stop Street Harassment.
Kathleen has a B.A. in Communication, with a concentration in Public Relations, and an M.A. in Professional and Business Communication from La Salle University. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Chelsea Smith - Online Presence and Data Analyst - PHENND Fellow
Chelsea Smith is a South Jersey native who is thrilled to be back in Philadelphia. She graduated from Saint Joseph's University in May 2020 with a B.A. in International Relations and History. During her time at SJU, Chelsea was co-president of a non-partisan student organization dedicated to promoting constructive political dialogue, served as president of Sigma Iota Rho, performed as a member of the improv comedy team, and interned with a member of the European Parliament in Brussels.
She is passionate about preserving democratic institutions, promoting social justice, and empowering citizens to take an active role in their community.
Chelsea is grateful for the opportunity to serve with Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and looks forward to the year to come! She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel Parsons - Southeast Pennsylvania Program Coordinator - PHENND Fellow
Daniel Parsons joins PMC to help expand legal education and outreach efforts in the Philadelphia area and surrounding communities.
He is also a new member to the area, having recently finished school in Montana. While in college, he served as the Business Manager for his student government - a role in which he oversaw funding and programming for a host of services, including childcare assistance, sustainable transportation services, student group operations, rental assistance, and legal services for students and members of the campus community. He also led "Know Your Rights" forums for the student body as well as other forms of legal education workshops.
In the summer of 2019, Daniel worked as a legislative intern for Senator Jon Tester in Washington D.C. While there, he was assigned to policy issues relating to agriculture, commerce, and trade. Prior to his internship, he was employed at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law in the Admissions & Career Service Office where he assisted prospective students in the application process and current students in securing employment.
Daniel received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Montana as well as his Certificate in Global Leadership. He can be reached at email@example.com.
PMC is currently accepting applications for Legal Interns.
Legal Interns will be responsible for assisting the President & CEO in all projects requiring legal research. They must be law students. Successful applicants will also possess the following:
- Interest in nonprofit development and commitment to social justice
- Self-motivated, detail-oriented approach to independent work
- Ability to collaborate effectively with others
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word
To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for the position to Kathleen Moyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.