IF Lab has secured local strategic partnerships to provide Black and Brown businesses and the Philadelphia community with virtual programming opportunities including our IF Lab Presents: In the Lab and IF Lab Workshop series.


03 June, 2021 – 4:00 PM

Adrian Loving

Adrian Loving is a noted visual arts educator, cultural historian, and DJ. Over the course of his 20+ year career, Loving has curated art exhibitions and public programming for museums and cultural institutions; including the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, National Museum of African Art (NMAFA), The National Portrait Gallery, and The National Gallery of Art. Loving’s active participation at music festivals, art fairs, and conferences has further developed his unique perspective on contemporary pop-culture and issues of historical importance. "Fade 2 Grey" is a groundbreaking new solo art exhibition by artist Adrian Loving. His works explore androgyny, gender roles, fashion and the sensationalism of style in 80’s pop music.

20 May, 2021 – 4:00 PM

Rey Ramsey

Rey Ramsey is a Managing Director at Lafayette Square and Chairman of the LS Foundation. He also serves as founder & CEO of Centri Tech. He has devoted his career to building and leading social enterprises with a particular emphasis on housing equity and expanding access to technology in low-income communities. After serving as Oregon‘s Director of Housing and Community Services, Mr. Ramsey held successive positions as President and COO of Enterprise Community Partners, Chairman of Habitat for Humanity International; and founding CEO and Chairman of One Economy Corporation, a nonprofit provider of internet services to low-income homes.

11 March, 2021 – 3:00 PM

Helen Gym

Helen Gym seated in 2016, Councilmember Gym leads a human rights agenda rooted in housing, education, and racial and economic justice. She has worked to end the eviction crisis in Philadelphia that impacts Black and Brown families, establishing a tenant legal defense fund, local rent vouchers, and a law guaranteeing legal counsel for renters facing eviction. During the COVID crisis, she issued one of the first moratoriums on evictions, utility shutoffs, and mortgage foreclosures; championed rent assistance which led to Philly sending $60 million in rent checks to landlords and tenants; and set up a mandatory diversion program in landlord-tenant court. As Chair of the Committee on Children and Youth, she brought nurses, counselors, clean water and instrumental music to every public school. She has led the charge to transform residential placement facilities for youth and the juvenile justice system, including shutting down abusive facilities and supporting smaller placements closer to home. Councilmember Gym is also the national co-Chair of Local Progress, a network of 1200 municipal elected officials, where she leads efforts around immigrant rights and economic justice.

11 March, 2021 – 3:00 PM

Samantha Porter

Samantha Porter is the Community Engagement Advisor and Outreach Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, in the Community Development and Regional Outreach division of Public Affairs. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve she spent 3 years working in the administration of Mayor Jim Kenney.  In 2017 she served as Director of Place Based Initiatives for the West Philadelphia Promise Zone and Choice Neighborhoods Initiatives. She joined the Mayor’s Policy office in 2019 as the Deputy Director for Policy and Strategic Initiatives. Her role at ICF built upon her experience as  program manager in the Sandy Recovery Division of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, where she led the design and implementation of a $40 million program to rebuild low to moderate income housing.

11 March, 2021 – 3:00 PM

Jovida Hill

Jovida Hill was appointed Executive Director by Mayor Kenney in June 2016. Prior to joining the administration, she was an award-winning writer and producer of more than 200 films and videos for the education, broadcast and training markets. Her work has included the civil rights documentary series In the Land of Jim Crow, which documents poignant first-person accounts of the African American struggle for justice and equality. A founding member of the African Sisterhood and Women Gather Conference, Hill currently serves on the boards of the Black Women’s Health Alliance and the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. Most recently, Jovida received the 2019 Community Engagement Award from the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) and was honored by City Council for the Philadelphia Commission for Women’s advocacy on behalf of Fair Workweek scheduling for workers in the retail, fast food and hospitality industries.

18 JANUARY, 2021 – 4:00 PM

Jamie Gauthier

Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, a born-and-raised West Philadelphian, was elected to represent the Third Councilmanic District in November 2019. With two decades of experience fighting for fairness, equality, and justice in neighborhoods throughout the city, Councilmember Gauthier brings a depth of knowledge related to community and economic development, grassroots engagement, and nonprofit administration.

18 JANUARY, 2021 – 4:00 PM

Cherelle Parker

Cherelle L. Parker is the Majority Leader and 9th District Councilmember of the City Council of Philadelphia. She represents parts of Northwest and Lower Northeast Philadelphia. She serves as Chair of both the Committee on Labor & Civil Service and the Committee on Law & Government. Before becoming a City Councilperson in 2016, she served as a State Representative for 10 years.In her over 15 years as an elected official, she has focused on closing the gap between the haves and the have nots, while also ensuring that we don’t pit the have nots against those who have just a little. She continues to fight for working class Philadelphians, and has prioritized housing preservation, neighborhood stabilization, and commercial corridor revitalization.

18 JANUARY, 2021 – 4:00 PM

Joanna McClinton

State Representative Joanna McClinton, the first African-American and woman to be elected as the House Democratic Caucus chair for the 2019-20 legislative session. Rep. McClinton continues to be active in the community serving as a youth leader at her West Philadelphia home church, Open Door Mission for more than 10 years. As a youth ministry leader, she organizes positive programs for children, mentoring them and reminding them that their dreams can come true.



IF Lab (virtual) workshops are designed to support small business owners in Philadelphia by giving them tools needed to grow their business and help their community thrive. The virtual sessions look to empower small business owners in Philadelphia with valuable tools, techniques, and expertise to support the expansion of their business.