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Philanthropy Network welcomes new team members

Friday, September 15, 2023

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia is delighted to announce that a new cohort of colleagues joined our staff on September 6, 2023. This extraordinary group of talented professionals brings an incredible depth of knowledge and skill to their individual roles, and collectively will support and advance Philanthropy Network’s efforts to execute an ambitious agenda for our organization centered on equity and in sync with members' needs and the region's unique challenges.

Please join us in welcoming Tara Collins, Jay Guzmán, Kevin Jones and Lubna Mian to Philanthropy Network! Read on to learn more about them.

Tara Collins (she/her)
CRM Administrator and Data Specialist

Tara Collins brings more than two decades of customer relationship management (CRM) and systems work to her role at Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia. For more than 20 years, she managed all aspects of web design and systems for the American Friends Service Committee. Most recently, Tara served as consultant to Charity Navigator and others, providing a range of insights and technical assistance. She has significant expertise and knowledge in data migration and hands-on fundraising, and has provided support for numerous nonprofits in the U.S. and international offices. 

Along with her technical expertise, Tara brings outstanding personal skills, is an expert networker and considers herself a “connector” between people.  She describes herself as an “enthusiastic data fanatic” and has a passion for using her skills to strengthen organizations through efficient use of technology.

Tara holds a Bachelors in Business Administration and Marketing from Gwynedd Mercy University.

Jay Guzmán (she/they)
Director of Learning

Jay Guzmán joins Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia having recently attained their Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.  While balancing the rigors of their graduate program, Jay completed a 9-month residency in partnership with the National Urban Fellows at the Comcast Foundation where they wrote a capstone titled: "Corporate Philanthropy: Building Long-term Partnerships for Transformative Change.” 

Prior to their selection as a fellow, Jay supported several social justice movements, including the fight for affordable housing, immigrant rights, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ rights. They supported these movements alongside nationally-recognized nonprofits, government bodies, and private organizations. 

In addition to their Masters, Jay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Barnard College. 

Kevin Jones (he/him)
Interim Senior Vice President Data, Accountability and Evaluation

For more than 20 years, Kevin Jones has supported the social sector in achieving results. His work has included: developing and engaging virtual and place-based networks; building and monitoring performance measurement and metric systems; and facilitating organizational development and high performance through an equity lens.

Kevin has a strong passion for helping organizations build and use strong data systems and supporting the leaders of data units in shared learning opportunities. Among his career highlights are: Developing ethnography-based engagement strategies in North Philly, West Philly, and Philadelphia’s Kensington for neighborhood-recruitment efforts in clinical research trials (via the UPENN clinical mobile health unit); Four months in Gaborone, Botswana teaching strategies for developing data collection plans and agreements for HIV prevention interventions in schools, churches, and community settings; and supporting an international network of social sector leaders via meaningful engagement, capacity assistance, and co-developing thought-pieces on high-performing organizations and networks.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan; a Master of Education from University of Massachusetts-Amherst; and a Master of Public Health and an Executive Certificate in Social Impact Strategies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lubna A. Mian (she/her)
Senior Vice President of Learning

Lubna Mian is an attorney, university administrator, adjunct professor, and consultant. Her past roles include legal practice at three excellent firms in New York and Philadelphia focused on general commercial litigation, featuring ethics and employment matters; 14 years at the University of Pennsylvania as Associate Vice Provost for Faculty where she was responsible for a university-wide strategic plan, academic policy, leadership development, and DEIB initiatives; and adjunct teaching at Penn’s Carey Law (Higher Education Law and Policy).

Her areas of interest include philanthropy, equity and civil rights, arts and culture, First Amendment and free speech, and higher education.  Her community service has centered on women, children, and equity and inclusion.

Lubna obtained her B.A. from Vassar College and her J.D. from Penn Carey Law School.