Behind the inspiring organizations, dynamic businesses, compelling events, intriguing communities, and notable news items that help make Philadelphia global, are individuals who bring a wealth of expertise and commitment.  Meet the scholars, researchers, students, diplomats, curators, artists, linguists, educators, attorneys, financiers, transportation experts, scientists, administrators and others who contribute so much to the globalism of the region.  (GPA members appear at the beginning of the list, followed by non-members in alphabetical order.)

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Matthew A. Chiachetti is an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on complex breach of contract litigation, white collar investigations, and international matters. Mr. Chiachetti participated in Villanova University School of Law’s Civil Justice Clinic and served as a judicial intern to the Hon. Susan Peikes Gantman of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Pan American Academy Charter School
Eisenhower Fellowships is an international exchange program for outstanding leaders. International Eisenhower Fellows visit the United States and travel around the country for seven weeks following individualized meeting itineraries.
President, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia
Assistant Vice President, Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, GC3 Strategy, LLC; Founder, China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia
Jeffrey Cooper leads the University of Pennsylvania’s efforts to build constructive relationships with government officials, community groups, and other stakeholders. As Vice President, he has positioned OGCA as a resource for the University community and encouraged increased collaboration with Penn's peer institutions. Jeff previously served in the administration of Governor Edward G. Rendell as the Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and Executive Deputy General Counsel to the Governor.
Prior to working at MWealth Advisors, Joanna spent 5 years at a regional financial services firm and 6 years at a leading pharmaceutical company. Her past experience in both industries has shaped her into the knowledgeable, organized and client service focused financial advisor she is today.
Connecting People to Create Business Opportunities
Greg DeShields currently serves as the Executive Director at PHLDiversity Multicultural Affairs Congress a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), adjunct instructor for Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality and Hospitality Educators.
Joan Detz is the author of four highly respected public speaking books. Since 1984, Joan has run her own speaker services business—writing speeches, coaching executives, offering media training and conducting workshops.
Deborah joined Campus Philly in 2010 as president.   She began her career as a college professor, teaching political philosophy at Columbia University and Bryn Mawr College. But after falling in love with Philadelphia as a place to live, she shifted focus, launching a career in market research and joining Visit Philadelphia as their first director of research and strategy. Deborah holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Residential Manager for gphomestay, an organization that recruits and manages homestays for international high school students enrolled in private US high schools. I am working with 4 schools in the Philadelphia area and one school in southern New Jersey.  
Co-founder and Officer, French-American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Chapter; Director, France-Philadelphia 
Director of International Programs, Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova Univ. School of Law
President, Ruixing (USA) LLC
President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ellen Firestone is currently Chief Operating & Service Officer for Simon Eye Associates, the largest independent eye care provider in Delaware.  Ellen is also an International Human Rights Ambassador with United for Human Rights and serves on the National Council of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, Board Member of UNA-GP and is on the Advisory Board for Global Education Motivators (GEM) out of Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.