2019 CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Monday Lunch Keynote: Kathryn Ott Lovell
As Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department, Ott Lovell oversaw the development of the first strategic plan for the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation - Our Path to 2020 - which established a renewed vision for the department and set in motion a powerful trajectory toward an equitable and exceptional parks and recreation system that connects people to each other, to enriching experiences, and to the natural world. The plan emphasizes citizen-centric service; high quality, relevant, and accessible programs; and a commitment to well-maintained assets.
Looking forward, Ott Lovell will play a critical role in implementing the Rebuilding Community Infrastructure (Rebuild) initiative. This investment of public and private dollars will result in physical improvements to parks, recreation centers, and playgrounds; deepened engagement with communities; and economic opportunity for under-represented individuals and minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses.
Monday Dinner Keynote: Maya K. van Rossum
Maya K. van Rossum has served as the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network since 1994. In addition to serving on numerous state-appointed committees and task forces, van Rossum was one of the original petitioners in the landmark Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania case decided by the PA Supreme Court in 2013 which strengthened environmental standing opportunities, declared unconstitutional key sections of the pro-drilling Act 13 legislation, and reinvigorated the strength of Pennsylvania Constitution’s Environmental Rights Amendment for protecting the right to pure water, clean air and a healthy environment for present and future generations.
van Rossum is a licensed attorney in three states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. Since Spring 2002, van Rossum has served as an adjunct professor and director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Temple’s Beasley School of Law which she founded.