Friends of the Coalition

Friends of the Coalition


The Urban Affairs Coalition's Friends of the Coalition is the network of professionals who support the UAC mission of driving change from the ground upUAC’s Friends are specially chosen because of their commitment to community before self, stellar professional success, and because they wish to be enthusiastic ambassadors for the Coalition. 


UAC would like to thank Friends of the Coalition Co-Chairs Kareem E. Thomas and  Heather Major, and Vice Chairs  Maria Wing, Esq. and  Kevin Harden, Jr., Esq. for their phenomenal leadership spearheading this initiative. Special thanks for  Felicia Harris, Friends of the Coalition Co-Founder, for her vision and leadership. 



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2018 Friends of the Coalition

Michael Banks African American Chamber of Commerce
Otis Bullock, Esq. Diversified Community Services
Malik Brown Peirce College
Tara Chupka, Esq. IBEW Local Union 98
Uva Coles Peirce College
Yasseline Diaz IBX
David Dix Luminous Strategies, LLC
Tyrone Dixon LITM Marketing
Heather Falck IBX
Charles Gibbs, Esq. The Green Firm
Kevin Harden, Esq. Ross Feller Casey, LLP
Felicia Harris HiTouch Inc.
Bjorn Henriques Comcast Spotlight
Dewain Johnson 215 Media Solution
Mellanie Lassiter PECO
Charisee Lillie Comcast
Ayanna Matlock SEPTA
Nikki Merkerson Morgan Chase
Darisha Miller Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society
William Miller V Consultant
Isaiah Nathaniel CalCom Tech
Bret Perkins Comcast
Arun Prabhakaran City of Philadelphia: Office of the District Attorney
Bill Rawlings, Jr. Porche of Conshohocken
Kathryn Roberson AEC Partners
Emmanuel Stuppard Enviornmental Resolutions
Kareem Thomas

American Reading Company





Wing, Esq.

Delaware River Port Authority 

Becoming a Friend of the Coalition

You must be invited or referred to be a Friend of the Coalition. Accepted friends pledge $1,000 annually to support the work of the Coalition and receive the following benefits:

  • One (1) Free ticket and recognition at the UAC 49th Anniversary Breakfast in November 2018
  • Exclusive networking opportunities with other Friends of the Coalition members and top regional executives
  • Access to invitation only events during the Pennsylvania Society in December 2018
  • Exclusive invitation to the UAC Board of Directors Annual Reception in June 2018 (Invitation Only)
  • Personal support from UAC’s President, Sharmain Matlock-Turner, to aide in connecting you with other top leaders in Philadelphia who will help you advance professionally
  • Participate in "Friends Fridays" Mentorship Days in partnership with UAC Summer Youth Employment Program 
  • Annual UAC Policy Forum Hosted by FOC (October)
  • Friends of the Coalition House Party Fundraiser 
To learn more about the Friends of the Coalition and to be considered for membership, please email your resume to