22 Jan 2014 12:00 am

The Passyunk Square Civic Association (PSCA) is a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation.  The mission of PSCA is to enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, preserve the neighborhood’s unique historic character and to promote a cohesive community of residents, businesses and institutions. Our boundaries are from Broad St to 6th St, Washington Ave to Tasker St.

Click here to read or download the PSCA Bylaws.

To read about what we have accomplished in the past year, thanks to your support, please click here.

Regular Meetings: First Tuesday of the month (except July & August) at 6:30 PM and are held at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center at 1430 E. Passyunk Ave.

Zoning Meetings: Second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM and are held at St. Maron Maronite’s Church located at 1013 Ellsworth St.

Passyunk Square Civic Association PO Box 18052 Philadelphia, PA 19147 contact@passyunk.org

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Click here for a directory of businesses operating within the boundaries of the Passyunk Square Civic Association. Want to add your business to the list? Email planning@passyunk.org


zenzola Pam Zenzola, President Pam moved to the neighborhood in November 2008, becoming immediately involved with the Passyunk Square community. While living in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Horsham or Philadelphia, Pam always gets connected with the local organizations. Why? Because Pam believes her home is not just her house but her community as well. Having been elected for a second term, Pam continues to be proud and honored to be the President of the Civic Association. Email Pam at contact@passyunk.org with any questions or concerns about things happening in the neighborhood.


anton Sarah Anton, Treasurer and Beautification Committee Co-Chair Sarah has lived in Passyunk Square since 2003. She enjoys advocating for arts and culture, cooking, and general adventuring in the neighborhood. She looks forward to encouraging the creation of interesting sites and places, working to make the neighborhood clean and safe, planting trees, and meeting lots of her neighbors.




dicapua Chris DiCapua, Secretary and Parks Liaison and Outreach Chris moved to Passyunk Square in 2007 after living for a number of years in the suburbs.  He was attracted to the neighborhood because of its vibrancy and the sense of community it offers, its proximity to Center City and his work, as well as its many terrific restaurants, bars and cafes.  He has been slowly updating his home, which is located on Columbus Square.  He is currently the Vice President of the Columbus Square Advisory Council, and serves as that park’s liaison on the PSCA Board.  By day he is a professor of Spanish at Community College of Philadelphia, where he also chairs the College’s Department of Foreign Languages.


knapp Christine Knapp, Immediate Past President Christine has lived in Passyunk Square since June of 2006 after buying and renovating a house on the 700 block of Earp St. She chose to move to the neighborhood because of its great culture and diversity, walkability, and abundance of restaurants. During the day, Christine is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Philadelphia Water Department where she handles government affairs. Naturally, many of her interests in the neighborhood have to do with making it cleaner and greener.




Andrew Emma, Beautification Committee Co-Chair Andrew moved to the South Philly area where generations of his family were raised in August of 2005, after finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Geography & Urban Studies from Temple University. He discovered his love of community beautification a few years later, and from then has become increasingly interested in making Passyunk Square serve as a model of sustainability for Philadelphia and beyond. He enjoys way too many things to list here, such as sports, music, delicious food, and anti-consumerism, but lately they’ve all been surpassed by his greening ambitions. All you need to know is that he wants your ideas, whether it’s creating more community gardens, planting more trees, recycling more items, or meeting more good people, and he wants them to become realities.

IleneHS2sm Ilene Wilder, Fundraising Committee Chair Ilene moved to Philadelphia from Chicago in 2003 and found her home in Passyunk Square in 2004. She was attracted to her house for many reasons, not the least of which was that it had a tree in front of it and a beautiful park across the street. Since living on South 13th Street, she has seen the neighborhood evolve into a wonderful mix of people comprised of long time residents and newcomers who share a strong sense of community. A devout “urban hiker”, Ilene loves the proximity of the neighborhood to Center City and is delighted at all the new restaurants and shops on Passyunk Avenue. Following her passion to help make the community a progressive, vibrant area, Ilene is currently the President of the Columbus Square Advisory Council, and now the fundraising chair on the PSCA Board. She is the President of her marketing consulting firm, Ilene Wilder Associates, LLC.

wyatt Tom Wyatt, Zoning Committee Chair Tom moved to Philadelphia in 2002 and has been in Passyunk Square for over a year. He works in the legal department of a large public utility. Tom chairs the PSCA’s Education Committee, which is a vital community partner that cultivates great neighborhood schools in Passyunk Square. He is a proud dad and avid fan of the Phillies.




klein Jared Klein, Vice President Jared moved to Passuynk Square in 2013, after spending 5 years in the Graduate Hospital area. He and his wife chose Passyunk Square because of its friendly neighborhood feel, walkability, and the proximity of their home to Columbus Square, where their son enjoys the park immensely. Jared’s day job is a Real Estate and lande use attorney with Orphanides and Toner, LLP.



silva Ricardo Silva, At-Large







Beautification beautification@passyunk.org
Clean-ups, plantings, banners, block efforts
co-chairs: Andrew Emma and Sarah Anton

Communications info@passyunk.org
Public relations, external communication

Zoning zoning@passyunk.org
Monitoring zoning change requests
chair: Jared Klein

Outreach/Neighborhood Ambassador Program outreach@passyunk.org
Giving every resident of the neighborhood a chance to become involved.

Town Watch townwatch@passyunk.org

Trash and Recycling trash@passyunk.org
Keeping the neighborhood clean and green
chair: Joseph Antonellis

Planning planning@passyunk.org
Convening stakeholders to help choose what we want the area to look like in the future
chair: Karin Morris

Fundraising and Sponsors give@passyunk.org
For association activities
chair: Ilene Wilder

Education education@passyunk.org
Supporting schools in the neighborhood
chair: Tom Wyatt

Passyunk has also been known as Passayunk, Passyonck, Passuming, Passajungh, Perslajongh, Passajon, and Paisajungh. All related to the Native “pachsegink”, meaning “in the valley” or “place between the hills.”

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