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People & Partners

University City District:
Parent Organization

University City District is a partnership of world-renowned anchor institutions, small businesses, and residents that creates opportunity, and improves economic vitality and quality of life in the University City area of West Philadelphia. UCD’s primary mission is community revitalization. We work within a place-based, data-driven framework to invest in world-class public spaces, address crime and public safety, bring life to commercial corridors, connect residents to careers, and promote job growth and innovation.

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Our Team

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is staffed by individuals who are committed to the success of both job seekers and employers.
The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) | Matt Bergheiser

Matt Bergheiser (he/him)

President of University City District

Matt leads University City District (UCD), a partnership of anchor institutions, business leaders, and community groups invested in the shared vitality of the 2.4 square mile area of Philadelphia.

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A.J. Adams (he/him)

Manager of Partner Services

Adrian “A.J.” Adams develops and executes all workforce programming at the Navy Yard and works to expand WPSI’s regional impact within the Life Sciences through business engagement and training efforts.

Patrick Bayer

Patrick Bayer (he/him)

Senior Manager of Economic Mobility

Patrick oversees WPSI’s data systems, and works to assess the program’s overall effectiveness through the development of formal evaluation metrics.

Lauren Bishop (she/her)

Senior Manager of Employer Services

Lauren maintains and grows WPSI’s employer relationships, manages targeted recruitment efforts, and lends her expertise to grow our impact within our employer partners’ organizations.

Morris Burns (he/him)

Manager of Applicant Experience

Morris provides direct support to program applicants by guiding them through the application process and identifying areas for improvement to make the process more efficient and equitable.

Caitlin Garozzo (she/her)

Executive Director

Cait oversees the overall management, strategy, and operations of the organization to fulfill its mission and achieve its goals.

Fontaine Gutierrez (she/her)

Manager of Communications

Fontaine develops the communications strategy and content to amplify the WPSI story.

Mimi In (she/her)

Data Quality & Relationship Manager

Using Salesforce, Mimi is the primary data manager for the Good Jobs Challenge EDA Grant and the Recruitment Team. 

Joshua Park (he/him)

Senior Manager of Strategy and Partnerships

Josh fosters WPSI’s relationships with employers, funders, and other workforce organizations to open new career pathway opportunities for talent across Philadelphia.

Jazzmin Prosper

Jazzmin Prosper (she/her)

Manager of Alumni Development and Continuing Education

Jazzmin manages WPSI University, which is comprised of three functions: incumbent worker training, the WPSI scholarship program, and the creations of a network of local colleges and coaching services for alumni.
Romaine Thrower

Dr. Romaine Thrower, Ed.D (she/her)

Director of Programs

Dr. Romaine serves as an expert on instructional design methodologies that allows her oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of key aspects of WPSI’s nationally recognized job training program.

Giftie Umo (she/her)

Program Manager 

Giftie is responsible for implementing WPSI’s signature cohort-based program, demonstrating a deep commitment to empowering individuals through skill enhancement.


The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative would not be possible without the continued support of our funders. Their funding has been instrumental in connecting over 1,000 opportunity seekers to jobs with clear career paths and family-sustaining wages since WPSI’s inception. Our thanks to the following organizations who have made substantial, enduring investments in our success: West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is grateful to University City District’s Board of Directors for supporting its founding, growth, and operations. We are thankful for our board members’ generous financial contributions to University City District and their partnership in building this organization.
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