Philly Power 100 List Features 9 Movers & Shakers With Ties to Montgomery County

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City & State Pennsylvania has published its 2021 Philly Power 100 list, and 9 people with Montgomery County ties have made the cut.

Coming in at Number 7 is Brian Roberts, Chair & CEO of Comcast. Roberts is a graduate of Montgomery County’s Germantown Academy in Fort Washington and has taken his knowledge and expertise to make Comcast one of the nation’s leading telecommunications companies in the Philadelphia area.

Number 8 is Madeline Bell, President & CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. CHOP has brought their much-needed care out to the suburbs, with a location in King of Prussia. Bell became president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2015. CHOP was named the top children’s hospital in the Mid-Atlantic region by U.S. News & World Report as well as ranked the number two hospital in the United States in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-22 Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals.

Number 15 is Abington’s Josh Shapiro, PA’s Attorney General, currently serving his second term. Shapiro is on course to run for Pa’s Governor to succeed Gov. Wolf. Shapiro served as a Montgomery County commissioner and also spent three terms in the Pennsylvania State House.

At Number 27 is Leslie Richards, CEO and General Manager of SEPTA. SEPTA serves the Southeastern PA region in transportation with 2,800 vehicles and 9,500 employees currently in service. Richards served three years as vice-chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. Before serving as SEPTA CEO, she was the first woman to lead PennDOT under Gov. Wolf.

At Number 28, is Ala Stanford, a pediatric surgeon at Jefferson Health – Abington and the Founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium. Stanford was instrumental in gathering together a team and ensuring local African Americans were able to get the care they need and get vaccinated against COVID-19 as she noticed people of color were diagnosed and dying of COVID-19 at uneven rates. As of right now, Stanford has vaccinated more than 51,000 people and has tested more than 25,000 area residents. Stanford recently opened the Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity in Philadelphia.

In the Number 48 spot is Gerard Sweeney, President & CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust. Sweeney is currently focusing on transit development, as a member of several Philadelphia-area transportation and urban development committees, especially the King of Prussia Rail Coalition Advisory Committee.

 At Number 57 are Michael Rubin and Josh Harris. Rubin hails from Montgomery County, creating GSI Commerce and Mike’s Ski and Sport before going on to form Fanatics (among other companies). He is also part-owner of the 76ers. Josh Harris, the managing partner of the 76ers.

At Number 91, this Montgomery County Power Person needs no introduction: Abington’s Katalin Karikó, Senior Vice President at BioNTech RNA Pharmaceuticals. Karikó, a biochemist from Hungary, spent her life’s work researching mRNA technology and how it could impact healthcare around the world. She didn’t get much support…until recently. Karikó’s research came to light, as it was integral in the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Number 97 spot goes to Joseph Coradino, CEO, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT). PREIT is the owner and operator of several retail parks, including the Plymouth Meeting Mall and Willow Grove Park.

Read more about the Philly Power 100 list in City & State Pennsylvania.

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