Previous Executives in Residence
Jonathan A. Brassington
CEO, Co-Founder, Partner, and Member of the Board of Directors at LiquidHub
April 5, 2017
Jonathan A. Brassington is the CEO, co-founder, partner, and member of the Board of Directors at LiquidHub, a digital transformation company providing customer engagement and technology solutions to global corporations.
With operations in North America, Asia, and Europe, LiquidHub helps its clients solve their most complex challenges through technology innovation.
Founded in 2001, LiquidHub’s customer successes are the result of a culture rooted in thought leadership and delivery excellence.
Bringing more than fifteen years of technology and innovation experience to his role, Brassington has led LiquidHub to be consistently recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the greater Philadelphia and mid-Atlantic region, including recognition from Inc. 5000 and Philly 100.
As a result of this leadership, LiquidHub was named the Eastern Technology Council (ETC) Technology Startup Company of the Year in 2003, Emerging Technology Company of the Year in 2007, earned the SmartCEO Executive Management Award in 2012, has received the Philadelphia Business Journal Best Places to Work Award for multiple years, and was recognized in 2014 by Forbes as one of America’s Most Promising Companies.
Prior to the establishment of LiquidHub, Brassington was a partner at Broadreach Consulting, an Internet professional services firm. He is an avid technology strategist and speaker as well as an early stage investor in a variety of technology driven businesses.
Over the course of his career, Brassington received the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 under 40” award in 2005, was named one of Philadelphia’s Most Innovative Executives in 2007 at the Philadelphia Innovation Conference, and received the Temple University’s Fox Information Technology Innovator Award in 2009.
Brassington is a leader in digital customer engagement and has previously been featured in The Wall Street Journal, VentureBeat, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal, SmartCEO, and SmartBusiness as an expert resource.
Brassington earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Misericordia University and a master’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Wharton Fellow and a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center Director's Leadership Council (ACCDLC).
Brassington is the Board Chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT), on the Advisory Board of Temple University’s Fox School of Business, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Misericordia University and the Montgomery School. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Brassington currently resides in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania with his wife, Linda, and their two sons.
Pedro A. Rivera
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education
Oct. 25, 2016
Pedro A. Rivera was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf to serve as the Secretary of Education on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the state Senate in June 2015.
He most recently served as Superintendent of the School District of Lancaster, a position he held from 2008–2015.
Under Rivera's leadership, the School District of Lancaster developed and implemented a new curriculum, an aggressive professional development plan and innovative teacher observation tools. These initiatives resulted in an increased graduation rate, notable improvements in math, science and writing proficiency scores, and enhanced the level of participation from high-performing students in programs that help prepare them for college and other post-graduation opportunities. He also led the development of a community schools model that provides students with free breakfast, lunch, eyeglasses, dental care and medical services.
In September 2014, Rivera was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his efforts to transform urban education—one of 10 Hispanic leaders in the U.S. to receive the prestigious honor for doing “extraordinary work in education.” He also served as president of the Pennsylvania League of Urban Schools
Having spent his entire career helping students, Rivera brings extensive experience in public education to his role as a member of Governor Wolf's cabinet. Prior to serving as the superintendent of the School District of Lancaster, he was a classroom teacher, staff member with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, an assistant principal and principal, as well as the executive director for the School District of Philadelphia.
A first-generation college graduate, Rivera earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master's degree in education administration from Cheyney University, and his Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility from Arcadia University.
Rivera was raised in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia and resides in Lancaster with his wife, Erika; son, Lucas; and daughter, Elena.
Founder, President, and CEO, Brown’s Super Stores
April 5, 2016
Jeffrey Brown is the Founder, President, and CEO of Brown’s Super Stores, Inc., an 11-store supermarket chain trading under the ShopRite banner. Brown’s Super Stores was recognized as one of The Best Places to Work multiple years in a row by the Philadelphia Business Journal and has received recognition as a top employer in the region from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and NJBiz.
Brown is an Officer and Director of Wakefern Food Corporation, the marketing and distribution arm for ShopRite, as well as the Chairman of Wakefern’s Strategic Planning Capitalization effort and Insurance Committee. Under Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Brown is an Officer and Member of the Workforce Investment Board, a Member of the Advisory Board on Education and Workforce Development, and a Member of the Transition Team. Brown is also an Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, and Vice Chairman of the Philadelphia Youth Network.
Brown was named 2014 Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year for his innovative work of meeting the needs of impoverished communities through holistic supermarket hubs. He was also recognized by the National Grocers Association as the 2010 recipient of the Thomas K. Zaucha Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, a top national honor in the grocery industry. In 2010, Brown had the honor of being chosen as a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at President Obama’s State of the Union address, in recognition of his work in solving the “food desert” crisis.
Additionally, Brown is the founder and Chairman of UpLift Solutions, a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that supports food businesses, government, and nonprofits to create sustainable environments for underserved communities.
Brown received a Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurial studies from Babson College in 1986. He is married to Sandy Brown and is the father of four sons.
Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes
CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania
Oct. 29, 2015
The Honorable Renée Cardwell Hughes is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania, which covers the City of Philadelphia and the 17 counties from the Delaware border to the New York border.
She is responsible for the provision of American Red Cross Humanitarian Services including disaster response, preparedness, and recovery, in addition to service to the armed forces.
Judge Hughes retired from the Court of Common Pleas, where she served in the Trial Division. Prior to becoming a member of the judiciary, Judge Hughes was in private practice and specialized in corporate, health care, worker's compensation, and insurance defense law.
She is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and currently teaches at Drexel University and Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Judge Hughes was inducted into the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame. She was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader, and Philadelphia Style Magazine named her one of the city’s Power Women.
Cornell Brooks, Esq.
President and CEO, NAACP
April 9, 2015
Cornell William Brooks is the President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely respected grassroots-based civil rights organization.
In 2014, he became the 18th person to serve as Chief Executive of the Association whose members in the United States and worldwide are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.
The recently selected president discussed the efforts of his organization as it continues to fight for social justice for all Americans.
His presentation was titled, Civil Rights in America: From Ferguson to Selma, Captors or Creators of History. This event was part of Unity Week.
Throughout the day, Brooks met privately with student groups, classes, faculty, and staff.
Guests attended a Community Reception and Executive in Residence Award Presentation in the Nerney Field House of the Dixon Center.
Kevin Ryan, Esq.
President of Covenant House International
Oct. 21, 2014
Kevin Ryan is president of Covenant House International, serving more than 56,000 at‑risk youth in six countries, and co‑author of “Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope,” which was the 2014 Cabrini Summer Reading.
Ryan, along with Tina Kelley—a journalist formerly with The New York Times and co‑author of “Almost Home”—visited classes and spoke to students, alumni, faculty, and staff about homelessness and human trafficking.
President of ABC-Owned Television Stations Group
April 23, 2014
Rebecca Campbell, President of ABC Owned Television Stations Group, shared her journey to become an award‑winning TV producer and broadcasting pioneer. She also discussed the future of broadcasting.
Thomas P. Nerney (’77)
Chair, President, and CEO of USLI
Oct. 24, 2013
Maria Vizcarrondo, Executive Director of the Nerney Leadership Institute, presents Tom Nerney (’77) with the Institute’s signature award for his role as the inaugural Executive in Residence.
Photo: Tom Pepe