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  • 12 S 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • (215) 684-4160
  • 12 S 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • (215) 684-4160

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Kelvin A. Jeremiah, M.A., M.P.A.

Founder and Director

kelvin-jeremiah-218x300Mr. Jeremiah was named President & CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority on March 14, 2013 after serving as the HUD-appointed Administrative Receiver and the Interim Executive Director since June 2012. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the 4th largest housing authority in the country. During his tenure, PHA successfully completed a Recovery Plan to address deficiencies in operations and governance, which resulted in the agency returning to local control in April 2013.

Mr. Jeremiah, a 15-year housing veteran, originally came to PHA as the agency’s first-ever Director of Audit and Compliance in August 2011. In that role, he developed and implemented policies and procedures that ended a culture of splurge and rooted out waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.

Some of his major initiatives as President & CEO include relaunching an improved Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program for residents and expanding the PHA Police Department for the first time in over a decade to address safety and security issues. Under his leadership, PHA is increasing the number of affordable housing units in the City of Philadelphia by partnering with public and private organizations to develop 6,000 affordable housing units over five years. Additionally, Mr. Jeremiah has also significantly increased the use of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers by over 2,000 new units.

Mr. Jeremiah formerly served as Inspector General for the New York City Housing Authority, the nation’s largest housing authority with a portfolio of 178,000 units housing over 450,000 residents and a Housing Choice Voucher Program with nearly 100,000 participating families and an operating budget of over $3.5 billion.

Mr. Jeremiah emigrated from Grenada to the United States as a teenager. He received a Bachelor’s degree in History/Business Administration from Pace University, a Master of Arts in American Social History from Rutgers University, and a Master of Public Administration from American International College. Mr. Jeremiah is a Certified Public Purchasing Official, a Certified Public Housing Management Specialist, and is a member of the Association of Inspectors General. He is a member of the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity Oversight Board.

Andrea Bowman

Chair and Director

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Andrea Bowman attended the American College in Paris, then Wellesley College, from which she graduated with a B.A. in English and Political Science. She received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.

From February of 2013 to the present, she has served as Corporate Secretary for PHA in the Office of General Counsel. Her responsibilities include being PHA’s primary liaison with the Board of Commissioners, as well as a wide variety of Board matters; coordinating enterprise-wide records management (creating and implementing records management policy); supervising the Hearing Officers for Housing Choice Voucher informal hearings and public housing grievances (created the current Grievance Procedure and responsible for its implementation); acting as a Hearing Officer for grievances; handling Right-to-Know Law (“RTKL”) matters for PHA; and more.

Prior to working with PHA, Ms. Bowman was in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel for approximately seven years (after working with the Philadelphia-based law firms of White and Williams and then Duane Morris, specializing in commercial litigation), as a Deputy General Counsel. While with the Commonwealth, Ms. Bowman was the RTKL Coordinator for over 30 executive agencies, (reviewing all significant briefs, providing appellate advocacy and regular enterprise- wide training on RTKL matters); Chair of the Records Access and Management/RTKL Practice Group; Chair of the Intellectual Property-on-Call Subcommittee of the IP Practice group; a Member of the State Records Committee; and Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. She has also taught English, French and Spanish, in Japan, France and the U.S.

Celeste C. Fields

President

Celeste C. Fields has worked at the Philadelphia Housing Authority since 2000 and currently serves as the Senior Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative & Financial Officer.  She is responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership, coordination and oversight for all administrative programs and activities of the agency, which include Financial Management and Budget, Information Systems Management, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, Leased Housing and Asset Management.

Ms. Fields develops, oversees and implements the agency’s $400 million budget and implements comprehensive strategies to promote the long-term financial strength and stability of the agency. She currently serves as President for PhillySeeds Inc., serves as the Vice President of the Philadelphia Asset & Property Management Corporation (PAPMC), both subsidiaries of PHA, and is currently a member of the Pension Board for PHA.

Ms. Fields holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Drexel University.

Annie Cheng

Director

annie-cheng-218x300Ms. Cheng has been with PHA for the last 10 years, starting out as a technical aide for the Housing Choice Voucher program before serving as a Business Analyst for the Information Systems Management Department along as a Senior Management Specialist in PHA’s Strategic Planning Office.  In that role, she led the department in tracking and ensuring completion of PHA’s Recovery Plan, the development and submission of the Moving to Work Plans and its reports to HUD, and the development of the Management Action Plan, which will streamline the agency’s business operations and maximize its resources.

Currently, Ms. Cheng serve as as Chief of Staff and is responsible for managing PHA’s Executive Office, activities and key priorities of the agency’s President & CEO.  She also acts as the President & CEO’s representative and primary liaison to external and internal constituents.  Ms. Cheng has a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Information Systems from Drexel University.

Marco Ferreira

Business Manager

marco-ferreira-218x300In January of 2014, Mr. Ferreira was hired to oversee and manage PHA’s Homeownership Department.  During his tenure as the Program Manager for this department, he implemented new outreach methods, not only to assist residents purchase their first home through PHA’s Section 5H and Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership program, but to also bring awareness of the opportunities that PHA residents have with financial Literacy, budgeting, banking and overall homeownership options in the City of Philadelphia.

Towards the end of 2014, Mr. Ferreira was promoted to Acting Director of Resident Development for PHA’s Community Operations and Resident Development (CORD).  He currently oversees and supervises five departments: Education Department, Family Self Sufficiency Department, Community Partners Department, Section 3 Department & Homeownership Department.  These departments provide the ability to create, promote, and provide realistic opportunities of self-reliance and self-sufficiency to all PHA residents through new innovation & technology, community partnerships, resident programming and educational resources.

Mr. Ferreira earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Temple University

Tracy Hearst-Purdy

Secretary

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Tracy Hearst-Purdy has been with PHA since 2002 and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies from Peirce College and a Master of Science Degree in Business Management from Gwynedd-Mercy University.

She started as a Paralegal in the Office of General Counsel, where she was assisted the real estate group with real estate closing documents for homeownership and purchases of land for construction and assisted the litigation group with tracking of information related to personal injury cases and responding to subpoena and discovery requests.

In 2008 she worked with the Housing Choice Voucher Program as a Research Specialist, serving as a liaison between staff, program participants, landlords, and community partners and thereafter transitioned to the Intake and Eligibility Department as an Asset Manager overseeing the 2000 and 2010 housing waitlist.

Currently, Ms. Hearst-Purdy serves as the primary Hearing Officer and presides over Leased Housing, Public Housing, and PAPMC grievance hearings, as well as admissions hearings.