We are excited to introduce one of the newest members of our team, Matthia McCracken! Matthia joined the Conservancy’s team in October 2021 as the Accounts Receivable Specialist. She is responsible for the recording and reconciling of accounts receivable and revenue as well as tracking all contracts and contract execution for the Conservancy. Matthia brings over a decade of experience in nonprofit administration and operations, specifically synagogues and churches. Outside of work, she enjoys crochet, yoga, tabletop games, and counting rabbits on walks with her husband and her son.
Learn more about Matthia in her Q&A below!
Why do parks matter to you?
Some of my earliest memories are my oldest brother taking the three younger siblings to Battery Park in New Castle, DE. Parks have always felt like a form of home. My husband proposed to me at a park. Now, I take my son to parks whenever I can, rain or sun.
It’s only in the past few months that I’ve really come to appreciate parks in the context of the larger natural world. A book I recently read explained that we think of nature as the stuff that grows between the cracks in the sidewalk, or grows over buildings that have been left too long. “…human constructs are carved out and overlaid, that these are the places that are the in-between, not the other way around.”
What compelled you to join Fairmount Park Conservancy in your new role?
I am drawn to roles that feel connected to a larger cause. The Conservancy is such a unique organization in its multi-faceted approach to parks. Parks are so much more than nice spaces to visit on a sunny afternoon – they’re a place to honor history, to learn, to get in shape, to grow food, and to build equity across racial and socio-economic divides.
What’s one thing you’d want to encourage park visitors to do (or not do!) for their parks?
A few years ago, I learned about how much care goes into park stewardship. I learned that what might look like a bit of random wild brush may actually be carefully planted to serve a specific purpose. It was fascinating! Join a volunteer event! Encourage your company to support a volunteer workday.
What is your favorite park in Philly?
I love learning about the history of the Centennial District in West Fairmount Park.
Share something interesting about yourself:
I once played timpani in a community orchestra and now I’m learning to play the violin.
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