In Loving Memory

Felix M. Torres-Colon

With Great Sadness

It is with great sadness that NKCDC must announce the passing of our Executive Director, Felix M. Torres-Colon, on Wednesday, February 5, after a brief illness.

Felix’s many family members, friends, co-workers, and board are devastated by this sudden loss.

 

A Veteran Leader

1958 – 2020

Torres-Colon was a veteran leader in the community development field with decades of real estate development experience at NeighborWorks America organizations. He began at NKCDC in March 2017, quickly investing in culture-shaping initiatives around race and equity, trauma-informed community development, and sustainable business practices. In his tenure, NKCDC completed an office move, hired a third more staff, began a new affordable housing development, and received new funding from sources like the U.S. Department of Justice, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Kresge Foundation.

Torres-Colon is survived by his wife, mother, siblings and a pack of dogs and cats who he lovingly fostered.

These are deeply sad days for NKCDC, but we find ourselves united by the compassion, respect, and courage Felix modeled for us. We grieve and we move our work forward for Felix.

Bea J. E. Rider, formerly Director of Resource Development and Communications, will serve as Interim Executive Director.

Classic Felix

In October 2019, Felix talked about his childhood and career on Executive Leaders Radio, a nationally syndicated show recorded in Philadelphia.

Listen here

Celebration of Life

Saturday, March 7, noon – 3:00 PM
Philadelphia Brewing Company,
2440 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

If you plan to attend, please respond as “Going” on our Facebook event, using the link below.

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Memorial Contributions

At the request of his family, memorial donations can be made to NKCDC or Monkey’s House hospice for dogs.

NKCDC has created a special fund in Felix’s memory to support staff development and racial equity work, two of his greatest professional passions.

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