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Former Advisory Board Chair: Bernadine Hawes


Bernadine Hawes

Nonprofit Professional and Economic Development Specialist

Term Expires May 2020

Bernadine Hawes is an executive-level nonprofit professional and economic development specialist working in the areas of project management, strategy development, compliance and evaluation. Her most recent achievement has been the authorship of a best practices manual for small business and economic development, which was funded in part through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to American Cities Foundation. Ms. Hawes began her career at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia, starting as a senior-level project administrator and later becoming vice president. Currently, she is a senior research analyst for Community Marketing Concepts. Ms. Hawes is chairwoman of the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center, which is part of Pennsylvania MEP. She also serves on the board of the PEC Community Development Corporation, which focuses on community development initiatives in Philadelphia, is chair of the PEC Foundation and serves on the advisory board of the Philadelphia Urban League Entrepreneurship Center. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Ms. Hawes has a Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She has been the national co-chair of Penn’s Black Alumni Society and is a former member of the University of Pennsylvania’s James Brister Society for Diversity Inclusion.


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Created May 31, 2016, Updated July 13, 2020