Barbara Ferman, PhD

Executive Director

215-204-6276 /

Role: As founder and executive director, I have responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the Collaborative including visioning, planning, staffing, fundraising, networking with other organizations and funders, grant reporting, and interacting with the board. Given how amazing the staff is, however, I have tons of help.


Hobbies/Interests: Working out, playing tennis, reading mysteries, and writing.


Sign: Sagittarius


Hopes for the future: That people come to realize that extending dignity, justice, and economic security to all people is not a zero-sum game; that in fact, we will all be in a much better place.

Stormy Kelsey

POPPYN Program Coordinator

215-204-6185  /

I am the program coordinator for POPPYN and I also manage the communications for the entire UCC! In my role, I am constantly engaging with our youth participants and supporting them in the process of video production!


Hobbies/Interest: Nature walks, reading, cooking, and lots of eating :)

Sign: Capricorn

Hopes for the future: I foresee our most marginalized folks being supported and having access to equitable resources. I foresee a world where we are all free. 

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Temple University
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1115 West Berks Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-6276