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Stephanie Naidoff was appointed by Mayor John F. Street to serve as Philadelphia's city representative and director of commerce in February 2004. She served as the city's chief economic development officer and its official representative for cultural programs and other special events.
Prior to her appointment as Commerce Director, Stephanie was the founding president of the Kimmel Center, Inc. In the four years she served as president, the center went from a long-delayed dream to a $265 million architectural masterpiece on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts, complete with an operational endowment and a well-regarded management team in place.
Before taking on that complex assignment, Stephanie had a successful 30-year career as a lawyer, starting with public service. She then practiced law at the prestigious law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, where she was a corporate lawyer focusing on the restructuring of health care organizations. Stephanie has also built an impressive portfolio of civic activities. She served on the board of CoreStates Bank for eight years and as a director of the William Penn Foundation for six years. She was the founding chair of the Wachovia Regional Foundation, and continues to serve on that board, as well as on the boards of numerous other locally-based cultural and civic organizations.
Stephanie received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1966 and her B.A. from Goucher College in 1963.
She is married to Dr. Michael A. Naidoff, and they have one son, Dan, who is a film editor and lives in Sun Valley, Idaho. Stephanie and Michael live in Aspen and Philadelphia.