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Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia announces Mariah Casias as Vice President, Learning & Evaluation

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia is pleased to announce Mariah Casias as our new Vice President of Learning and Evaluation. In this newly-created role, Mariah will be responsible for leading the design and evaluation of Philanthropy Network’s overall learning strategy.  This includes providing oversight for the delivery of core and signature programming, peer-to-peer learning, as well as assuring that all offerings center racial equity and intersectionality. She will begin her new role on December 16, 2020.

Mariah comes to Philanthropy Network from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) at the University of Pennsylvania. As Social Impact Fellow, she managed the delivery and development of CHIP’s education programs and provided strategic support for communications and marketing. She also recently contributed to research on guidance for giving and grantmaking during the COVID-19 pandemic and the compilation of data for the Regional COVID-19 Response Dashboard, developed by CHIP in partnership with Philanthropy Network.

Previously Mariah served as Program Manager for the Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize at Wharton, where she implemented the selection process for the annual global social impact prize and managed the work and leadership development training of the Lipman Prize Fellows. Prior to joining Penn, Mariah worked in grantwriting and major gifts for the Science History Institute in Philadelphia and as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Mariah currently sits on the Steering Committee for the Philadelphia Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), which supports emerging leaders who strive for excellence and equity in the practice of philanthropy. She is also an alum of the 2020 Racial & Economic Justice Giving Project with Bread & Roses Community Fund and has volunteered for a range of community programs in the Philadelphia region. She is a graduate of Haverford College and received a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

With the addition of Mariah to the Philanthropy Network team, Shira Hodges will assume the position of Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships. In this role she will be responsible for building relationships throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, as well as developing, executing, and cultivating support for Philanthropy Network’s initiatives and partnerships that advance our strategic priorities.  Shira will also continue to manage our communities of practice, which convene funders who are aligned by county, social impact issue, or funder type.

Please join us in welcoming Mariah to Philanthropy Network.  Beginning on December 16, she can be reached at

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