Meet Our New Board Members & Officers

October 27, 2022

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Recently, we added new members to our PAID and PIDC Boards of Directors. Jim Engler, Esq, chief of staff and executive director of the office of the president for ChristianaCare Health System has joined the board of PAID and Emily Bittenbender, owner of Bittenbender Construction, LP has joined the PIDC board.

Meet our new members below. 

Emily Bittenbender

PIDC Board of Directors

Bittenbender Construction

Emily Bittenbender’s career focus has been the design, construction, and renovations of public buildings and spaces. Early in her career she was hired by the Rendell Administration to jumpstart the paralyzed system of completing over 300 backlogged capital construction projects within City government. As Philadelphia’s first capital program director for the CPO, Emily was charged with the responsibility of bringing private sector business practices to the city and completed $454 million of capital projects in 3 ½ years time. 

In January 2000, Emily was hired as the Vice President of Design & Construction for the National Constitution Center to lead a team, once again, in the design and construction of a $137M museum in Independence Mall. After the completion of the National Constitution Center in 2003, Emily started Bittenbender Construction, LP, a commercial general contractor and construction management firm specializing in the new construction and renovations of museums and historic sites as well as retail, higher education, and corporate fit out projects. Bittenbender Construction, LP is the only woman owned union affiliated general contractor in the local area. This past September, it was ranked #2 on the list for women-owned businesses by the Philadelphia Business Journal based on company revenue in 2016.

In 2009 Emily launched Philadelphia Carpentry Systems, LP, a woman owned carpentry and exhibit installation company, providing quality carpentry services to general contractors and building owners in the Philadelphia region. 

Emily currently sits on the following boards: Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, GBCA Executive Committee, Philadelphia Carpenters Company Executive Committee, Drexel University’s Close School Advisory Board, American Cancer Society CEOs Against Cancer, and more.

Jim Engle, Esq.

PAID Board of Directors

Chief of Staff & Executive Director of the Office of the President,
ChristianaCare Health System

Jim Engler serves as chief of staff and executive director of the office of the president for ChristianaCare Health System, which serves Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.  

Until September 2022, Jim served as chief of staff to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. As Chief of Staff, Jim helped the mayor develop the administration’s priorities and worked with the various City departments to achieve those goals. Jim coordinates and leads the Mayor’s Cabinet, serving as a bridge between Mayor Kenney and other senior leaders to provide accountability and results on the mayor’s behalf. 

Prior to being promoted to chief of staff, Jim served as the Deputy Mayor for Policy and Legislation for Mayor Kenney. In this role, Jim served as the administration’s chief liaison to City Council and worked to advance the mayor’s legislative and policy agenda, including passage of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax and the return of the School District of Philadelphia to local control for the first time in nearly 20 years. Before joining the administration, Jim served as policy director for the mayor’s 2015 campaign, director of legislation in then-Councilman Kenney’s City Council office, and legislative aide to State Senator Lawrence M. Farnese

We also appointed new officers to our PAID Board of Directors. Malcolm J. Ingram, associate of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is now treasurer. Our former treasurer Thomas A.K. Queenan, CEO of Mission First Housing Group, will be replacing Evelyn F. Smalls, president and CEO of United Bank of Philadelphia, as chairman.  We’re extremely grateful for Evelyn’s years of dedication to serving on the board and we look forward to supporting her future endeavors.

Thomas A.K. Queenan

Chairman, PAID Board of Directors

Mission First Housing Group

Malcolm J. Ingram

Treasurer, PAID Board of Directors

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

For more information on our full Board of Directors, click here

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