Dear Friends, Neighbors and Partners,
I joined NKCDC as Executive Director in November 2020 because I believe in a safe, healthy and prosperous future for Kensington, Port Richmond and Fishtown residents and businesses, and I believe that NKCDC’s commitment to advancing social equity and economic empowerment holds the keys to unlocking that future.
As a longtime Kensington resident, I understand the area’s strengths and its challenges. In 2020, the Covid pandemic and protests against racial violence threw into plain view Philadelphia’s disparities in safety, employment, income, public health, education, and the physical environment while also making clear the strengths and resilience of this community and its residents.
In addition to the traumas weathered by all, NKCDC weathered its own with the loss of a beloved community advocate, Elmira Smith, in January, and my predecessor, Felix Torres-Colon, the following month. Through it all, the NKCDC team demonstrated uncommon commitment, discipline and care for each other and the community we serve.
I am honored to serve this organization and this community, and I look forward to working shoulder to shoulder with all of you and what we will do together for Kensington, Fishtown, Port Richmond, and all of Philadelphia, in 2021 and beyond.
Thank you for your support.
Dr. Bill McKinney