Meet the Team

Donna Frisby-Greenwood Senior Vice President

Philadelphia and Scientific Advancement

Donna Frisby-Greenwood is senior vice president at The Pew Charitable Trusts, leading the organization’s work throughout the Philadelphia region and with communities of biomedical and marine scholars. She supervises Pew’s portfolio of local programmatic work and grantmaking, which includes informing discussions on important policy issues facing the city, supporting the health and welfare of the region’s most vulnerable populations, partnering with local institutions to encourage a thriving arts and cultural community, and pursuing civic initiatives to strengthen Philadelphia’s appeal to residents and visitors alike.

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Elinor Haider Senior Director

Elinor Haider oversees Pew’s Philadelphia research and policy work. In this role, she leads Pew’s efforts to partner with Philadelphia’s policymakers and civic stakeholders to address barriers to economic mobility and learn from national experts about solutions that have been effective at improving government performance and accountability in peer cities.

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Civic Initiatives

Catherine Fuller Officer

Catherine Fuller manages Pew’s civic initiatives grantmaking portfolio, which funds projects to improve Philadelphians' access to a vibrant civic life. She also oversees grants to organizations with longstanding ties to Pew. Before joining Pew, Fuller led community-based learning work at Drexel University’s Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, where—through academic partnerships—she connected faculty and students to Philadelphia-area nonprofits. Fuller holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Vassar College and a master’s degree in international studies from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in Germany.

Sheri Gentekos Principal Officer

Sheri Gentekos works alongside the Philadelphia program’s senior leaders and provides operational and department-wide support, driving internal efforts to enhance coordination and collaboration among projects and teams.

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Lauren Hirsh Executive Assistant

Lauren Hirsh provides administrative support to the Philadelphia program’s vice president, including serving as the primary contact for scheduling inquiries. Hirsh is responsible for coordinating meetings, tracking tasks and deadlines, and managing the VP’s calendar, and she plays a key role in the department’s daily operations.

Sophia Peake Senior Associate

Sophia Peake is a senior associate with Pew’s Philadelphia program. In this role she manages a portfolio of grants to organizations with which Pew has longstanding relationships, supports grants in the civic initiatives portfolio, and serves as a key resource on grantmaking throughout the Philadelphia program. Peake honed her skills in increasing revenues and providing operational support for large organizations and grassroots campaigns in the Philadelphia region. Before joining Pew, Peake worked for the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project as a development and operations coordinator. She is a Philadelphia native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in strategic communications from Temple University. 

Pew Fund for Health and Human Services

Nicky Charles Senior Officer

Nicky Charles is a senior officer with the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia. She coordinates and supports the Pew Fund’s growth grants—flexible, long-term investments designed to strengthen local organizations’ ability to improve the health, well-being, and overall stability of low-income Philadelphians. Before joining The Pew Charitable Trusts, Charles served as chief operating officer of the Durham Children’s Initiative and executive director of the School Reform Commission in Philadelphia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education from Howard University and an interdisciplinary master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Sarina Chernock Officer

A lifelong Philadelphian, Sarina Chernock is an officer with the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services. She supports grant sourcing, due diligence, and grants management efforts, building and sustaining trust-based relationships with nonprofits throughout the Philadelphia region. Before joining Pew, Chernock served as co-founder of a tech startup and led program and evaluation efforts for the national nonprofit group Better Tomorrows. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from Brown University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Frida Clark Associate

Frida Clark is an associate with the Philadelphia program, providing cross-cutting support to its grantmaking portfolios. Before joining Pew, Clark worked as the special initiatives coordinator at Public Health Management Corp. and as a lead teacher at Amigos Spanish Immersion Preschool. She holds a bachelor’s degree in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies from Temple University.

Meridith Polin Senior Officer

Meridith Polin is a senior officer with the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services. She oversees the evaluation capacity building initiative, which aims to accelerate the use of data for monitoring, learning, and evaluation purposes among Pew fund grantees. Polin has a background in evaluation, strategic planning, and program development. Previously, she worked at the nonprofit group Public/Private Ventures. She also was the director of research and evaluation at Citizen Schools. Polin holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University and a master’s in community resources and development from Arizona State University. 

Kristin Romens Project Director

Kristin Romens directs the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services, overseeing Pew’s grantmaking and support for Philadelphia-area nonprofits that serve individuals and families facing complex challenges rooted in poverty.

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Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative

Katie Martin Project Director

Katie Martin leads the research team for Pew’s Philadelphia research and policy initiative. Her areas of focus include the project’s annual State of the City report, citywide resident polling, and Pew’s analysis of the municipal civil legal system.

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