Uncategorized22 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 typically held at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center at 1430 E. Passyunk Ave. Until further notice (updated June 2021), meetings will be held online. Neighbors can register to attend at www.passyunk.org/generalmeeting

Zoning Meetings: Second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM and are typically held at St. Maron Maronite’s Church located at 1013 Ellsworth St.  Until further notice (updated June 2021), meetings will be held online. Neighbors can register to attend at www.passyunk.org/zoningmeeting

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

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Check back soon for an updated 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


Theresa Rose, President Theresa moved to South Clarion Street in 2007. She loved the neighborhood and her neighbors so much that she later moved one block away to Federal Street. Her commitment to the city of Philadelphia runs deep having worked for the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, Fringe Arts, Moore College of Art and Design, as well as the Mural Arts Program. In 2012, she became a PWD Neighborhood Clean Water Ambassador, in 2014 she developed “family days” at Passyunk Garden, and in 2018 she co-chaired the PSCA Art Auction. Theresa is one of the founding members of the South Percy Street ArtsWalk Committee where she completed a Mural with David Guinn entitled “The World is Beautiful and So Are You”. She currently heads Student Life at The Alternative Art School where she also teaches. She is a proud parent of a Fanny Jackson Coppin student. www.theresarose.org


Brad Wilhelm, Vice President Brad moved to the neighborhood in 2019 and right away started attending PSCA meetings every month. He was so impressed by our organization’s hyper-local focus that he joined the board in 2020. Brad grew up in a small blue collar town in Vermont where every trip required getting in the car, so he considers himself incredibly fortunate to get to live in a neighborhood like ours where there are plenty of gallons of milk within walking distance. Brad’s trade is in-house lawyering. When he’s not working or PSCAing, you can usually find him being a health care wonk or spending way too much time on home improvement projects.


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.


Sanaz Hojreh, Co-Treasurer moved to the East Passyunk neighborhood in 2016 with her husband Ross. She eagerly engaged as a volunteer that same year for the PSCA Art Auction and in 2018 co-chair it. She is a regular volunteer on clean-up days in the park and recently joined the Capitolo community garden. Sanaz is an independent consultant working in the field of arts education, nonprofit arts management, and youth development supporting schools, organizations, and foundations to envision and achieve their goals. One of her favorite projects remains working with the School District of Philadelphia Office of Arts.


Santonarah Anton, Immediate Past President / Co-Treasurer 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.


Adriana Adelé has lived in South Philly since 2015 and made the move from just above Washington Ave to just below and into Passyunk in 2019. She, her husband, and her pup Almond enjoy living in the vibrant neighborhood filled with delicious food and familiar faces. She’s passionate about creating resilient, well-resourced, and interconnected communities as well as promoting collective well-being and care. She currently spends her days as a yoga facilitator for local studios and schools. Before that, she worked for the City’s Office of Emergency Management giving her valuable insight into interdisciplinary community response. She joined the PSCA Board in 2021 in order to better serve the neighborhood she calls home.


Christine Knapp, Past President has lived in Passyunk Square since 2006 and immediately became involved in the civic association. Over ten years, Christine served as chair of the Trash and Recycling Committee, Vice-President, and President of the PSCA board. She and her husband thoroughly enjoy the neighborhood’s diverse and delicious food scene and find it charming that it is hard to walk anywhere in the neighborhood without running into friends. After taking a year off after having a daughter, Sabine, Christine is happy to rejoin the PSCA board. During the day, she serves as the Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia.


Kamaryn Norris is an experienced public policy professional focused on local, state, and federal policy initiatives at the intersection of racial and economic justice. Currently, Kamaryn serves as the Government Affairs liaison for a Philadelphia-based children’s hospital where she works collaboratively to carry out the hospital’s annual policy agenda. Kamaryn is a Mayoral appointee of the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC) and Co-Chair of FPAC’s Workforce and Economic Development Subcommittee, a graduate of Philadelphia’s Citizen Planning Institute and of Young Involved Philadelphia’s Board Prep Program. She champions the value of democratic decision-making processes and leans on her communication skills and the power of language and stories to achieve change in communities she is a part of. An Atlanta native, Kamaryn earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Policy, Regulation & Advocacy from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she has been a proud resident ever since.


Andrew Stober, Immediate Past 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.


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.


José Luis Uribe has been active in the neighborhood coaching the Lobos soccer league. He joined the board of directors to help his community. He is bilingual and brings these speaking skills to the group as well skills to help strengthen ties to the Hispanic community.




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: cleanstreets@passyunk.org for more information
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: communications@passyunk.org
Public relations, external communication

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

Social Events
Chair: Lynn Mandarano and Marge Lewis, email social@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: Currently recruiting, parks@passyunk.org
Coordinating support for our four neighborhood parks: Gold Star, Paelone, Capitolo and Columbus.

Chair: Daryn Edwards and Karen Thompson, 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: sponsorship@passyunk.org
Developing financial support for our many programs and services

Step of the Month
Chair: Kara Markley, stepofthemonth@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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