Partner of Community Marketing Concepts
Phoebe Coles has over twenty years of communications and engagement marketing experience. Her specialty is community led engagements which focus on positioning her clients as a resource for target audiences. Her engagement strategies generate action in communities for CMC’s clients; they consistently create an impact that both appeal to and spark change, especially in reaching hard-to-target audiences. With her national reach and the unique ability to build teams and coalitions, fostering brand relationships and bringing resources to communities - her experience is packaged with insight and tested solutions.
Coles’ clients include City of Philadelphia: Streets Department Office of Recycling; Revenue Department Beverage Tax and Earned Income Tax Credit; The Knight Foundation; The Philadelphia Foundation; PA Lottery; and Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Coles focused her volunteer and non-profit work through her board service. She currently serves as Board Secretary for Keep PA Beautiful, a Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner, a board member for League of Women Voters, Philadelphia Chapter, Greater Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition and the Reading Terminal Preservation Board. Coles has a communications degree from Temple University.
Executive Director of Women’s Way
Diane brings more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership, coalition building, and fundraising experience to WOMEN’S WAY, a Philadelphia-based organization dedicated to the advancement of women and girls. A tireless advocate for gender equity, Diane joined WOMEN’S WAY after running for State Representative of the 168th District, where she secured the highest percentage of votes on the Democratic ticket. Prior to that, Diane was co-founder and executive director of two non-profits, both of which work to improve education and economic equity for families. In each of these positions, Diane challenged the status quo through forging cross-sector partnerships, and designing new programs that increased economic and education opportunities for families, teens and returning citizens. Diane served as the Co-Chair of the City of Philadelphia’s Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC), and currently is a member of Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health’s Advisory Board, and the Social Innovations Journal, Institute and Lab Advisory Board.
Chair and Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton was nominated by Governor Philip D. Murphy on February 20, 2018, to become the Chair and Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). As Chief, Fulton manages a state agency that generates more than $1.8 billion in revenues annually and is charged with the licensing of more than six million drivers and the titling, registration, and inspection of nearly five million vehicles. Chief Fulton also serves as the Chair of the MVC Board, a policy-making body made up of government and public members. In August of 2018, Chief Fulton was selected by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) to serve as a member of its International Board of Directors.
On July 31, 2018, Governor Murphy appointed Chief Fulton as one of three State government appointees to the State Ethics Commission, which administers and enforces State conflicts of interest law. Chief Fulton is a 1980 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she was a member of the Academy’s first-ever class to admit women. She was commissioned in the Army as a Signal Officer, serving as a platoon leader, staff officer, and company commander in Germany before receiving an honorable discharge at the rank of Captain. In 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the West Point Board of Visitors, and later served as the first female West Point graduate to chair the Board. With her military background, Chief Fulton has been a tireless advocate for service members, co-founding Knights Out (West Point LGBT alumni); OutServe (actively-serving LGBT military members); and SPARTA (service members and veterans working to end the transgender ban).
Sulaiman W. Rahman
Founder and CEO of DiverseForce
Sulaiman W. Rahman is the founder and CEO of DiverseForce, a strategic human capital solutions firm that specializes in cultivating diverse talent communities, leadership pipelines, and inclusive ecosystems across all sectors. In 2017, DiverseForce partnered with the University of Pennsylvania to develop DiverseForce On Boards, an innovative leadership development program that trains mid-to-senior level professionals of color from the public and private sectors to serve more effectively on nonprofit boards in the region. The program’s success has attracted support from major corporations and foundations.
Prior to DiverseForce, Rahman founded a professional network, UPPN, and quickly made it one of the Greater Philadelphia area's most respected professional networks with 18,000+ local subscribers and 5,000+ active members. Rahman currently serves on the board for Community College of Philadelphia Foundation (Board Vice President), Mastery Schools, Lendistry, TeenSHARP, and YearUP Greater Philadelphia.
Rahman is the recipient of OIC’s Game Changer Award (2019), YearUP’s Urban Empowerment Award (2018), Philadelphia Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Award (2017); Philadelphia Tribune’s Most Influential African American Leaders (2009, 2011, and annually from 2015-2018); Philadelphia NAACP Business Leader Award (2015); BMe’s Community Leadership Award & Grant (2015); and many other awards. Rahman is an alumni of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Electrical Engineering and Entrepreneurship.