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



Santonarah Anton, President Sarah grew up in the Philadelphia area and has lived in Passyunk Square since 2003. She became actively involved in the civic association in 2012 and has since helped manage the Beautification Committee, working on projects including managing the Tree Tenders group, serving as liaison for neighborhood projects such as the PWD’s Soak It Up Adoption program and Mural Arts installations in our neighborhood and organizing the team that cares for Passyunk Gardens, Passyunk Square’s demonstration vegetable garden at 9th and Wharton. Sarah also served as Passyunk Square’s Treasurer for 3 years. She loves the diversity and vibrancy of our neighborhood and enjoys discovering and re-discovering the seemingly endless and ever changing wonderful things about our parks, schools, blocks and shopping districts. She loves traveling, cooking, and performing arts. She has an extensive background in non-profit management and administration and looks forward to applying the skills she has developed through this work to help the civic thrive.


Andrew Stober, Vice President After attending a PSCA meeting in 2010, Andrew and his wife moved to Passyunk Square in 2012. They love the neighborhood for its mix of lifelong residents and newcomers from around the region, nation and world. Andrew has served on the PSCA board since 2016 and organized the 2016 Home Tour. Andrew spends his days in West Philadelphia as the vice president for planning and economic development at the University City District.




Jared Klein, Treasurer and Immediate Past President Jared moved to Passyunk Square in 2013 after spending five 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 land use attorney with Orphanides and Toner, LLP.



Jeff Brown, Secretary Jeff has lived in the neighborhood since 1986 and has been an active participant in Passyunk Square activities since 2013.  He developed an appreciation and respect for our neighborhood as a result of working for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. He was first assigned to South Philadelphia in 1970 and eventually became the Redevelopment Authority’s Project Manager for South Philadelphia. He liked the neighborhood so much that he decided to move here.  He was a local union president in the City workers blue collar union, District Council 33, for twenty-nine years and has experience and skill in union organizing, conducting meetings and fighting for social justice. He is a veteran of the Army, having served as an Infantry officer in Korea.  In addition to serving Passyunk Square Civic he is on the Capitolo Playground Community Garden Governance Council. He is interested in the history of Philadelphia and our neighborhood and recently completed a history of Capitolo Garden.


Kristi Buchholz Kristi lives on Gold Star Park with her dog Charlie and has been involved in the Passyunk Square Civic Association since moving to the area two years ago. In 2017, Kristi was the chair of the Annual PSCA Art Auction and a member of the event committees for the 2016 PSCA Home Tour and 2016 Art Auction. In addition, Kristi plays a major role in organizing events and fundraising for Gold Star Park. As a board member for the PSCA, Kristi plans to help the organization make an even greater impact on the neighborhood, diversify its activities and gain more volunteer and donation support. Having lived in Philadelphia since 2000 and as a graduate of Temple Law School, Kristi is a proud Philadelphian and is excited to bring her passion and dedication to the Passyunk Square community. Kristi is a litigation attorney in the Philadelphia office of Wilson Elser where she has worked since 2005.



Andrew Emma Andrew has been a resident of Passyunk Square since 2005, when he returned to the neighborhood where much of his family was raised. On the PSCA board since 2008, he’s led tree plantings, founded the Capitolo Community Garden and liaised with Mural Arts on multiple art projects. His day job is at Philly Parks & Recreation, leading a workforce program and trying to stay out of trouble.




Monica Montiel Monica purchased her home in Passyunk Square in 2016 after spending several years in Queen Village. As one of PSCA’s newest board members, her goal is to maintain cleaner streets and get more people working together to improve the trash situation for all residents. In the past, Monica has volunteered with the PSCA with a take-out business trash can Initiative, an effort she plans to continue within the coming year. Additional initiatives include coordinating neighborhood clean-ups, efforts with the street cleaning contractor and educating neighbors about recycling, street cleaning dates. Monica has a background in public relations and communications and is working toward a master’s degree in urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania.


Henry Sullivan Henry moved to Passyunk Square in 2013. He and his wife completely renovated a home on Passyunk Avenue. They were drawn to the neighborhood because of its walkability, culture and great restaurants.





Suzanne Tavani Suzanne is a third generation, life-long resident of the Passyunk Square neighborhood. Both maternal and paternal sides of her family have resided here since the late 1800s. She has been involved with the PSCA for the past five years. Her activities include the annual Home Tour and the Zoning Committee. She currently serves as chair of the Zoning Committee. Suzanne is also an active member of St. Maron’s Maronite Catholic Church which has been a cornerstone of the neighborhood for 125 years. She believes it’s important to nurture a new generation of families and friends who share her desire to maintain and build upon the character and upkeep of the neighborhood. The PSCA will benefit from Suzanne’s senior-level communications consulting experience for profit and non-profit organizations. She has also been published on the topic of crisis and issues management in Designing Brand Management (2012).  Suzanne loves to cook and walk around the city.


Ilene WildIleneHS2smer, Immediate Past Vice President  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 the front and a beautiful park across the street. Since living on South 13th Street, she has seen the neighborhood evolve into a wonderful mix 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 for all of the new restaurants and shops on Passyunk Avenue. Following her passion to help make the community a progressive, vibrant area, Ilene is president of the Columbus Square Advisory Council and developed the Sponsorship Program for the PSCA as Fundraising Chair. She is a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Fox and Roach at the 1818 Rittenhouse Square office.



We encourage neighbors to join a committee or consider leading one. To get involved, email the addresses below or for general questions email contact@passyunk.org.

Chair: Sarah Anton, beautification@passyunk.org
Neighborhood greening and art programs, including Passyunk Gardens and Passyunk Tree Tenders

Block Leadership
Chair: Currently recruiting, email president@passyunk.org for more information
Coordinating the various programs for town watch and being a leader on your block

Clean Streets
Chair: Monica Montiel, cleanstreets@passyunk.org
Working to keep the neighborhood clean and environmentally responsible through organized clean-ups, recycling events, and efforts to reduce the amount of trash and waste in our neighborhood.

Chair: Alysea McDonald, communications@passyunk.org
Public relations, external communication

Chair: Nicholas Ventrola
, education@passyunk.org
Coordinating works with the various schools and educational programs in our neighborhood

Chair: Currently recruiting, email events@passyunk.org for more information
Organizing happy hours and other events for neighbors to get to know each other

Chair: Currently recruiting, email outreach@passyunk.org for more information
Partnering with community organizations and groups in our neighborhood

Chair: Andrew Emma, parks@passyunk.org
Coordinating support for our four neighborhood parks: Gold Star, Paelone, Capitolo and Columbus.

Chair: Currently recruiting, email planning@passyunk.org for more information
Convening stakeholders to help choose what we want the area to look like in the future

Sponsorship and Fundraising
Chair: Lily Cappalletti, sponsorship@passyunk.org
Developing financial support for our many programs and services

Stoop of the Month
Chair: Sara Reckhan, stoopofthemonth@passyunk.org
Recognizing beautiful stoops in our neighborhood

Chair: Suzanne Tavani, zoning@passyunk.org
Monitoring zoning change requests, holding monthly meetings the second Tuesday of every month, 7pm, St. Maron’s Church at 10th and Ellsworth


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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