Farrah Parkes,

Executive Director 

Farrah Parkes’ almost 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector has spanned a range of issues including community development, HIV prevention, early childhood education, workforce development, digital literacy, and adult education. Gender equity has always been Parkes’ passion, and until recently, she served as Board Chair of the Valentine Foundation, a local foundation focused on social change for women and girls. She also previously served on the board of local abortion access organization Women’s Medical Fund. 


Ms. Parkes holds a master's degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where she also earned a graduate certificate in Health and Health Policy. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Board of Directors

New Century Trust is governed by a diverse Board of Directors that brings decades of community service, business acumen, and non-profit experience to our mission.

Aileene Halligan - Cantiello


Philly Montessori

Sherella Williams


Independence Public Media Foundation

Elizabeth Diffley


Faegre Drinker

Jess Pastore


Wissahickon Charter School

Brennan Tomasetti

Civetta Property Group

Erica Seaborne


Planned Parenthod SEPA

Julie Lenard

School District of Philadelphia

Jane Napoli

Kendra Hypolite

University of Pennsylvania

Laurie Zierer

PA Humanities Council

Shawn Towey

PA Child Care Association

Vashti Bledsoe

Lutheran Settlement House

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