Staff

Executive Director: Thomas J. Branigan, P.E., P.L.S.

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Tom Branigan became the Executive Director of DRCC in January 2011 after serving the City of Philadelphia for 38 years as an engineer in the Department of Streets.  His experience in project management as well as his relationship with City, State and Federal agencies have provided the basis for moving park and trail development forward for DRCC.  Tom graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Civil Engineering and is licensed in Pennsylvania as a Professional Engineer as well as a Professional Land Surveyor.  He has a strong interest in bicycle and pedestrian facilities and, while working for the City, was at the forefront of the development of the bicycle network.  This network provided for more than 200 miles of bike-lane streets by the time he retired.  Tom is happy to further this interest through DRCC’s efforts in the development of the Delaware River Greenway.  A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, he raised his two adult sons in Fox Chase with his wife Lu.

Project Manager: Jim Fries, RLA

Jim Fries became DRCC Project Manager in August 2012. He graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a degree in Landscape Architecture and is a registered landscape architect in Pennsylvania with 35 years of experience. In his capacity as Project Manager, Jim is responsible for the implementation of the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway Plan, including working with consultants, contractors and public agencies on planning and design and observation of trail construction and with volunteers on stewardship activities on the trails and parks. Prior to coming to DRCC, he was responsible for planning, design, bid documentation and construction observation on a number of trail and open space projects including the Tacony Creek Trail Extension, Union Canal Trail Extension and trail planning for the Angelica Creek Greenway Feasibility Study.

Program Manager: Stephanie Bennett

Stephanie is our newest DRCC employee. Her responsibilities include creating and running community events along all of the parks and trails of the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway. She will be bringing her programming expertise from the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation where she helped spur economic growth in the city’s south side surrounding the old Steel Mill. She’s trading one Northeast for another, and is excited to bring her knowledge of Program Management to the Greenway.

Stewardship Manager: John Jensen

John Jensen joins DRCC in the fall of 2016 after having spent two years as an intern in the city of Philadelphia’s department of parks and recreation urban forestry and ecosystem management office.  John is an active volunteer leader with non-profit groups in the city and has practiced his conservation efforts in all of Philadelphia’s watershed parks.  John is excited to bring his efforts and enthusiasm to DRCC and can’t wait to help enhance, beautify and restore the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway!

Office Manager: Jack Dempsey

Joining the DRCC team in August 2017 is Jack Dempsey. Jack brings with him an encyclopedia of knowledge on managing a growing office. He has decades of experience from his time working in government and with PRPA. As a Port Richmond native, he has a passion to see the region grow with the Greenway project. We are excited to have this familiar face be part of the team.

 

Communications Manager: Lindsay Brzowski

Lindsay joined the DRCC team in January 2017 as Communications Manager.  After graduating from Penn State University with a degree in Communications, she worked with advertising agencies and TV production companies in Washington D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. She is eager to bring her experience to the DRCC team to help communicate the exciting North Delaware Riverfront Greenway projects to the Philadelphia community. Her love of city parks grew out of her time biking on the Hudson River Greenway in New York City and she is looking forward to future of riding and running along the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway.

Development Manager: Sam Friedman, CFRE
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Sam Friedman has served as the part-time Development Coordinator of DRCC since 2009 after having completed DRCC’s fundraising plan in 2008. He supports DRCC’s outreach into the six neighborhoods served by the Delaware River Greenway and the work of its Business Leadership Committee. Mr. Friedman also is principal of S. Friedman Associates providing services in fundraising and nonprofit management and in this capacity has worked with a land trust and a nonprofit camp located along the upper Pennypack Creek. Mr. Friedman’s interest in riverfront trails was born out of his experience bicycling along the Potomac River when he lived in Washington, DC. Sam graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and was designated a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2009.