Month: October 2015

Meet Zach Wilcha, IBA’s first Executive Director

Zach-Web-006The IBA’s continued growth in both size and impact has allowed us to bring on Zachary Wilcha as the organization’s first ever Executive Director. In his new role, Wilcha will be responsible for leading and guiding the Chamber through its next phase of growth. “The IBA has already made powerful progress in the economic advancements and opportunities for the LGBT business community of greater Philadelphia,” said Wilcha. “As the IBA’s first Executive Director, I’m excited to continue to help create even more success stories on every level for our members of the LGBT community and our visible allies.”

The hiring committee was made up of a diverse mix of IBA members and board members, including several prominent executive directors in the LGBT community, who were responsible for putting together the job description, disseminating the application, conducting interviews, and finally making a recommendation to the IBA Board of Directors. “We had an extensive process that followed the best practices and, in the end, garnered an excellent Executive Director,” said Samantha Guisti, IBA Board Member and a member of the search committee. Wilcha was selected for this position based on his vast professional experience, engaging personality, and passion for expanding economic opportunities within the LGBT business community. “We believe that Zach’s relationship management skills and legal background, combined with his business leadership experience and passion for the LGBT community, make him the perfect choice to guide the IBA into the future,” said Rich Horrow, IBA Board President.

Throughout his career, Wilcha has been an active volunteer on several local and national political campaigns, and has worked with a diverse array of Philadelphia community organizations, foundations, faith groups, young professionals, and schools. His candidacy also includes a strong background in the legal, advocacy, and fundraising industries. After clerking in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and leading as a Project Attorney in a top area law firm, Wilcha’s most recent position was spent working with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. As Relationship Manager, Wilcha built a new branch of their Fundraising and Development department that has since been modeled throughout the nation. Wilcha graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from Saint Joseph’s University and a Juris Doctor from Villanova Law School. He is a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania and currently resides in Center City Philadelphia.

Zach’s first event will be the IBA Connx with West Laurel Hill on Thursday, October 22nd. Please join us and welcome Zach to the IBA.

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