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Name & Philosophy
Goals & Deliverables
Foundation Pillars

Dr. Elijah Anderson



Michael Caven


Phillip Cuffey



Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Esq.


Dr. Carlton Payne


Jennifer Pokempner, Esq.


Dr. Joseph Radelet



Jennie Sikes, Esq.


Colleen Williams


Dr. Jason Wingard




Phillip Cuffey


Phillip Cuffey is Executive Director of the Zoeza Institute, where he manages development and operations for an organization focused on transition support interventions for disadvantaged youth.  He also serves as Principal of the Zoeza Group and is responsible for the management and delivery of a cross-industry portfolio of consulting clients. 


Prior to joining the Zoeza Group and the Zoeza Foundation, Mr. Cuffey spent more than 20 years as a manager at Verizon (formerly AT&T and Bell Atlantic) where he gained specialized management expertise in the areas of operations, sales, marketing, and client services.  In this capacity, he managed corporate-wide multi-million dollar projects that resulted in systemic change improvements.


Mr. Cuffey is also a seasoned real estate and community development executive with significant experience providing historical property owner representation for zoning variance, historical commission requirements, permit application, building standards, community association negotiation, project management, and lease/purchase transactions.


Mr. Cuffey has played an integral role in the development, implementation, and management of a significant number of civic and community organizations and projects.  He is Co-Founder and Director of the Building Exceptional Lifelong Leadership (BELL) Mentoring Initiative and past President of the Consortium of Information and Telecommunication Executives (CITE).  He has served as a mentor for the YMCA Achievers program and received the National Hero Award (Mentor of the Year) for his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Philadelphia.  Finally, serves as a member of the trustee ministry at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Germantown.


Mr. Cuffey received his bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies, with a concentration in Management, from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of the boxing team.  He also received his master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Pennsylvania.


Mr. Cuffey resides in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

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