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Fairmount Park Conservancy welcomes new Ex-Officio Board Members

by Grace Romo on March 26, 2024

Fairmount Park Conservancy is pleased to introduce three new Ex-Officio Board Members representing Philadelphia City Council:

City Council President Kenyatta Johnson has represented the Second Council District since 2012. The District includes parts of Center City, South Philadelphia, and Southwest Philadelphia. He was sworn in as City Council President in January 2024. As a Councilmember and as a State Representative (186th District, 2009-2012) Council President Johnson has been a champion for education, housing, safety, and economic opportunity. 

As prescribed in the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s bylaws, Council President Johnson has appointed two additional City Council members to the Conservancy board: 

Councilmember Jamie Gauthier represents the 3rd District and her leadership roles on City Council include chairing the Committee on the Environment. Before joining City Council, Councilmember Gauthier served as the Executive Director of Fairmount Conservancy from 2017 to 2019 and previously led the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. Councilmember Gauthier earned her bachelor’s degree from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and received a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Councilmember Anthony Phillips represents the 9th District and chairs the Committees on Children and Youth and Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. Councilmember Phillips is also a member of several Committees including Education and Neighborhood Services. Prior to his election to City Council, Councilmember Phillips previously held positions as a community organizer, executive, and youth advocacy leader. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bates College and his master’s degree from Yale University, and has also studied at Morehouse College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

“Council President Johnson and Councilmembers Gauthier and Phillips are remarkable champions for great parks – not only in their districts, but throughout the entire city,” said Maura McCarthy, CEO of Fairmount Park Conservancy. “We are energized by their appointment to the Conservancy’s board of directors, and look forward to working with them to ensure that all Philadelphians can benefit from our city’s magnificent public parks.”