ULI Philadelphia: Immigration & Development Patterns


Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
9:30am - 11:00am EST


ULI Philadelphia Virtual Event


Pricing Members Non-Members
Private $15.00 $25.00
Public/Academic/Nonprofit $10.00 $15.00
Retired $10.00 N/A
Student $10.00 $15.00
Under Age 35 $10.00 $15.00
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Join ULI Philadelphia and the Small Scale & Impact Development Council to explore how immigration is affecting Philadelphia's development patterns.
Panel: How Immigration is Shaping Philadelphia Neighborhoods
Explore how immigrant communities are reshaping and stabilizing neighborhoods across the city from a community and economic development perspective, with a focus on commercial corridors and small businesses. 
  • Moderator: Thomas Ginsberg, Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Herman Nyamunga, Power Up
  • Nikki Pumphrey, Welcoming Center for new Pennsylvanians
  • Andy Toy, SEAMAAC
Project Case Studies
Explore how developers are responding to the unique needs and characteristics of immigrant populations, largely from a housing perspective, with a focus on amenities and affordability. 
  • Ahsan Nasratullah, JNA Capital
  • John Chin, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
  • Marwan Kreidie, Arab-American Development Corporation
  • Charles Lewis, Conifer



Herman Nyamunga

Director, Power Up Your Business, Community College of Philadelphia

Herman Nyamunga is the director of Power Up Your Business, Community College of Philadelphia’s neighborhood-based approach to economic development that offers free training to small businesses in vital commercial corridors. Nyamunga previously served as the director of the Global Enterprise Hub for the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, where he helped to obtain grants to fund a micro incubation program for 52nd Street, an immigrant innovation hub, and a Global Startup Accelerator. He also built the entrepreneurship and innovation programs for the Welcoming Center.


Thomas Ginsberg

Senior Officer, Pew Charitable Trusts

Tom Ginsberg (@tgins) is a senior officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts (www.pewtrusts.org), an independent, nonpartisan public-policy research organization. He helps lead Pew’s research and policymaker engagement in Philadelphia (Pew’s hometown). Tom’s recent work has included analyses of immigration and small businesses in major cities. Prior to Pew, Tom was a journalist at The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Associated Press in a variety of roles, including correspondent covering conflicts and migration in Russia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Cuba, and Colombia. He holds certificates from The Wharton School and Drexel University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


John Chin

Executive Director, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

John William Chin is the Executive Director of PCDC, where he oversees all projects and programs. He is a native of Chinatown, Philadelphia and attended Holy Redeemer School and Friends Select School. He serves on the Board of several nonprofit organizations including the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, Friends Select School, and PHL Diversity. He is a board member of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity and is a member of National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD). He is committed to the preservation and growth of Chinatown for new immigrants, as it was a gateway to success for his family. In his spare time, he enjoys crime procedurals, basketball and cooking for his family.


Nikki Pumphrey

Deputy Director, Welcoming Center For New Pennsylvanians

Nicole Pumphrey has dedicated her career to fostering cultural understanding and promoting inclusion through education and workforce development. She joined the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians as Director of Strategic Partnerships in 2014 and currently serves as the Deputy Director, where she leads the organization’s external engagement strategy, building collaborations and advocating for the valuable contributions of immigrants to the region’s social stability and economic prosperity. Nicole earned her B.A. in French and Korean Studies and an M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Welcoming Center, Nicole supported global initiatives at Temple University’s Fox School of Business at and at the University of Pennsylvania, focused on creative funding strategies to expand opportunities for first-generation and underrepresented students to travel abroad. She currently serves on the board of the Women’s Opportunity Resource Center, a CFDI promoting economic self-sufficiency for women and their families through entrepreneurship and the Executive Leadership Team of the City Philadelphia’s Workforce Professionals Alliance. She has served as the President of the Pennsylvania Council for International Education, advocating for global competence in policy and practice throughout the Commonwealth, as a member of the PA Department of Education’s International Education Advisory Council, on Mayor Jim Kenney’s Transition Team for Immigrant Affairs, and in 2016 she received the Rising Star Award from Drexel University’s Institute for Strategic Leadership as a Fellow in the Leading for Change program. Nicole is a lifelong Philadelphian, who has lived in France and Korea, but sees her deep roots in the region as a valuable asset, motivating her to invest in making her hometown a place where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, both newcomers and long-time residents.


Ahsan Nasratullah

President, JNA Capital, Inc.

Ahsan M. Nasratullah is the President of JNA Capital, Inc. He has twenty-seven years of experience in urban planning, development, and real estate finance. JNA Capital sources debt and equity for real estate projects, both for its own account and for a select group of developers/non-profit sponsors in the Philadelphia area. Mr. Nasratullah has developed several urban mixed-use/hospitality projects in and around academic campuses and in collaborations with local institutions.


Andy Toy

Community Development & Communications Director, Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Coalition (SEAMAAC)

Andy Toy is the community development and communications director of the Philadelphia-based Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition or, as it's commonly called, SEAMAAC. Toy has been involved in the city's community work — as a professional or civic volunteer — since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned degrees in economics and public and urban policy.