City Year Philadelphia Site Board
Local community and business leaders work together to advance our mission to ensure public schools are places all students can thrive.
Arlin Green is founding partner at Centura Capital, a private equity commercial real estate investment firm, where he oversees all legal documentation, deal sourcing, hiring, fundraising, and administration. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Boston University School of Law.
Kerri Strike-Stahller manages field and switch network operations and maintenance, cell site development, performance of operating systems, while assuring fiscal accountability. Kerri holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University and an MBA from Penn State University.
Deleah Archer has 20 years experience in public education and higher education, in the areas of special education, at-risk youth interventions, and diversity, equity and inclusion. As a native Philadelphian, she served a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Her appointment to City Year completes a full circle of activism in working for the greater good.
Arthur R. Block is a Senior Advisor of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company. He was an in-house attorney at Comcast beginning in 1989, serving as General Counsel from 2000 until his retirement in 2019. Prior to joining Comcast, Mr. Block was a partner in the Corporate Department of the former Philadelphia-based law firm, Wolf Block, which he joined in 1978.
Matthew J. Cross, CFA earned an MBA from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the board because City Year helps ensure the youth of Philadelphia are on track to graduate and become productive citizens of the community.
Otis Hackney is the Chief Education Officer for the City of Philadelphia. In this role, Otis launched two major initiatives for Mayor Jim Kenney, including a City-funded quality pre-K program for 5,500 students a year, and an initiative to create 20 Community Schools in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. Otis also led the Administration’s effort to return the School District to local control through a mayoral-appointed Board of Education. Otis follows the guiding principle that all children deserve high expectations with high support as well as great schools close to where they live.
After a career in the banking and mutual funds industries, Deborah Kuhn migrated to the nonprofit sector as Director of Government and External Affairs for the Greater Philadelphia YMCA. Now retired, she is on the Nominating/Governance and Development Committees at City Year Philadelphia. She is the proud parent of a former City Year AmeriCorps member.
Brad Messinger is a Managing Director and Head of Willis Towers Watson’s greater Philadelphia market. Brad oversees the company’s operations in the market and has responsibility for revenue growth for Human Capital and Benefits, Corporate Risk and Broking and Benefits Delivery and Administration. Prior to relocating to Philadelphia in 2015, Brad held several formal practice leadership roles, including Talent and Rewards Leader in New England and Global Change Management & Business Transformation Leader. He is also a frequent speaker on the future of work, inclusion and diversity, leader and management effectiveness, culture assessments and business transformation.
Nolan Tully is a partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP with a practice focused on compliance, regulatory and dispute resolution services for life and long-term care insurers. He is the chair of the Government Relations committee of the City Year Philadelphia Site Board.