Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission

Our Approach

The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission is a partnership of business leaders dedicated to making the success of every child in Pennsylvania a top priority. We work to improve tomorrow’s economy through smart policy and investment in today’s young children by fostering public and private sector investment in high-quality early learning programs. These investments are essential to assure the best possible return - Pennsylvania’s edge in the national and global marketplace.

Our Focus

The Commission’s work raising awareness, supporting policy and budget investments, and working in local communities to expand access to high quality early learning is based on four pillars:

The Future of
Our Commonwealth

Investing in early learning is critical to the future. By age five, 85 percent of the brain is wired for learning. Quality early learning programs ensure that today’s children can reach their full potential and become the next generation of entrepreneurs, scientists and business leaders.

Our Policy Goals

We work with the Executive and Legislative branches to provide advice and support for policies and investments that are educationally, economically and scientifically sound and that serve an increased number of at-risk children.

Families & Children

When families thrive, children do too. The Commission is focused on ensuring a high-quality start for all children. We are committed to making Pennsylvania a great place to raise kids, regardless of family income or zip code.

The Economy

Early learning has a lasting positive effect on kids and our economy. Investment in early learning generates an estimated return of 13 percent a year for the economy. Children in quality early learning programs need fewer supports in school, are more likely to complete high school, earn higher wages, and avoid unhealthy behaviors



Kendra Aucker

President and Chief Executive Officer, Evangelical Community Hospital

Donald Bernhard

Executive Director, Downtown Allentown Community Development Initiative

Luke Bernstein

President and Chief Executive Officer, PA Chamber of Business and Industry

Jim Boscov

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Boscov’s Department Store

Joseph P. Brennan

Global Chief Risk Officer, Vanguard

Dr. Michelle Burroughs, CCDP

Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, WSFS Bank

Joshua Carney

Senior Manager, GPLA, Inc.

Joe Crosswhite

Area Executive, M&T Bank

Philip Devorris

President and Chief Executive Officer, Blair Companies

Stephanie Doliveira*

Executive Vice President, People and Culture, Sheetz, Inc.

Timothy Fallon

Chief Executive Officer, Lehigh Valley Public Media

Thomas Foley*

President, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania

Roxanna L. Gapstur

President and Chief Executive Officer, WellSpan Health

Carol Gauker

Office Managing Partner KPMG LLP

Nicholas Gianaris

Principal Technical Consultant Nexight Group

Bradley Gosser

Executive Director and Vice President, Greenville-Reynolds Development Corporation

Brad Hall

Retired President, UGI Energy Services

James R. Hoehn

Regional President, PNC Bank

Dan Hoover

Co-Chair/CEO of Spring Cove Container and Allegheny Mountain Spring Water

William Isler

President Emeritus, Fred Rogers Productions

Julia Klein

Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer, C.H. Briggs Company

Robert Krasne

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Steinman Communications

Darshan Kulkarni

Principal Attorney, The Kulkarni Law Firm

Hugh Lavery

Senior Vice President, Government and External Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Mark Lee

White Collar Defense and Crisis Management

Alice Lindenauer

Senior Director,  Solutions Strategy, Bright Horizons

Phyllis Mundy

Retired State Representative, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Alan Ottinger

President, QIC, Inc. Timothy Phelps, Executive Director, Transportation Management

Michael Plazony

Partner, Life Insurance Practice, MVP Advisory Group, LLC

Mustafa Rashed

President and Chief Executive Officer, Bellevue Strategies

J.B. Reilly

President and Cofounder, City Center Allentown

L. Michael Ross

President, Franklin County Area Development Corporation

Audrey Russo

President and Chief Executive Officer, Pittsburgh Technology Council 

Kurt A. Schertle

Chief Operating Officer, Weis Markets 

Kevin Schreiber

President and Chief Executive Officer, York County Economic Alliance

Mark Schweiker

Former Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Senior Vice President, Corporate Development Officer, Renmatix

Nick Scott Jr.

Vice President, Scott Enterprises

Troy Standish

Senior Vice President, Navient

J.Donald Steele Jr.

Chairman of the Board, Northumberland Bancorp and 
The Northumberland National Bank

James Waddington Jr.

Director, Strategy and Business Development, 
Sparton Corporation

Andrew Williford

Head of Human Resources, Sales Americas, Volvo 
Construction Equipment North America

Jake Witherell

Chief Operating Officer, Schell Games

Kate Woods

Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Schweiger Dermatology Group

Steven Wray

Executive Director, Block Center for Technology and Society, 
Carnegie Mellon University

Emeritus Advisory Council

Gene Barr

Advisor and Former President and Chief Executive Officer, 
PA Chamber of Business and Industry

John Brennan

Chairman Emeritus and Senior Advisor, Vanguard 

Peter Brubaker

President, Hammer Creek Enterprises, LLC

Anthony Campisi

Chairman of the Board, Glatfelter Insurance Group

Peter Danchak

Regional President, Northeast PA, PNC Bank

Chester Harhut

Senior Judge, Lackawanna Court of Common Pleas

Mary Ann Hood

Retired Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Federal 
Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Gerald Maginnis

Senior Advisor, Strategy and Growth, Centri Business 
Consulting, LLC

Kathleen Pavelko

Chief Executive Officer Emerita and Senior Advisor, 
WITF Public Media

Norman Rich

Retired Chief Executive Officer, Weis Markets

Vincentina Taylor

President, Waveline Direct, LLC