PHILADELPHIA OIC CEO ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Dr. Kevin R. Johnson will step away to pursue seat in First Congressional District bid

PHILADELPHIA, PA (Feb. 2, 2018) — Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. announced today that Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, President & CEO, Philadelphia OIC, will take an administrative leave of absence to pursue a vacant seat in Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District, effective Friday February 2, 2018.

“I’m proud of the work that I’ve done and the lives we’ve impacted during my tenure with the Philadelphia OIC. Pursuing this seat will allow me to expand my reach and help more people in impoverished communities,” said Dr. Johnson. “I’ve spent my entire life as a tireless advocate – for people I love, for causes I believe in, and for residents of underserved communities and I want to represent Philadelphians because I can be our champion and make sure our voices, needs, and concerns are heard throughout the halls of Congress.”

The Philadelphia OIC Board of Directors has appointed Philadelphia OIC Board Treasurer, Charles Crumbley III, to serve as Interim President & CEO. Mr. Crumbley recently retired from PECO Energy after spending 32 years in various roles of management. Mr. Crumbley joined Philadelphia OIC’s board in January 2010.

Dr. Johnson became President & CEO of Philadelphia OIC on January 5, 2015. Under his leadership, The Philadelphia OIC increased job placement to nearly 80% and grew in revenue from $1.3 million to $4.2 million by expanding its workforce-development offerings to include various industries such as: coding, banking, construction and energy. Additionally, in August 2017, Philadelphia OIC opened the doors to Philadelphia OIC Workforce Academy, an accelerated high school funded through the School District of Philadelphia’s Opportunity Network, to serve over-aged and under-credited high school students aged 16-21 years old.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we understand the magnitude of Dr. Johnsons’ capabilities and support his decision to pursue his goals and aspirations,“ said Atif Bostic, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Philadelphia OIC. “In his absence, the Philadelphia OIC will continue the charge that Reverend Dr. Leon H. Sullivan set forth to help people receive the training that is needed to empower them to get life-sustaining jobs.”

Philadelphia OIC recently announced that it will host the third annual Innovate Ignite Imagine Luncheon at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts of Tuesday, May 1, 2018. This year’s honorees include: Julie Coker Graham, President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jennifer I. Rodriguez, President & CEO, Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Marcus Glover, President & COO, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Craig L. Adams, President & CEO, PECO and Malcolm Jenkins, two-time Pro Bowl Safety & Super Bowl Champion, The Philadelphia Eagles.

About Philadelphia OIC
Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC) is dedicated to the elimination of poverty, unemployment and illiteracy to ensure a meaningful quality of life for families and individuals within Philadelphia. Founded in 1964, on the principles of “helping people to help themselves,” OIC serves as a catalyst, enabling its clients to establish and maintain critical job and life skills through professional development. OIC serves more than 1,300 unduplicated individuals annually, and has provided more than 16,000 client visitors basic training in computer and Internet technology since 2011.

MEDIA CONTACT: Will Davison, 347-458-2460, wdavison@philaoic.org

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