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John Churchill appointed Knight Foundation’s Philadelphia program director

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Press release via Knight Foundation

Miami, FL – Knight Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of John Churchill as the new Philadelphia program director. A lifelong resident of Philadelphia and a strong advocate of democratic values, Churchill brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in executive leadership. His success and accomplishments in his most recent position as business strategist at WSFS Bank, the largest locally headquartered bank in the greater Philadelphia area, demonstrates his commitment to transforming the city into an exceptional place to live, learn and work.

Across Philadelphia Knight Foundation has played a significant role in fostering a more vibrant and engaged community. Through initiatives such as Reimagining the Civic Commons, the foundation has focused on creating dynamic public spaces that encourage interaction and connection among residents.

“We are thrilled to welcome John as our new Philadelphia program director,” said Kelly Jin, vice president of Community and National Initiatives at Knight Foundation. “His passion for our mission, combined with his business acumen and dedication to the city, will invigorate our work. We look forward to the positive impact he will undoubtedly have on Philadelphia.”

In his new role, Churchill will work toward enhancing the city’s public spaces, amplifying Philadelphia’s economy, and promoting an active public life. He believes in creating an environment that encourages community participation and collaboration. Churchill welcomes the opportunity to partner with local organizations, institutions and individuals who share a vision for a thriving Philadelphia.

John Churchill can be reached at, and he eagerly anticipates engaging with fellow Philadelphians to learn more about their work and vision for the city.


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