Staff

 

Jack Machek, President & CEO

Jack Machek joined the 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania as President & CEO in 2010.  Prior to joining 10,000 Friends, he served at the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).  Jack initially was a full-time Strategic Investment Officer for the new Governor’s Community Action Team (CAT) before ascending to the position of Regional Director of DCED’s Southwest Regional office.  Prior to joining the Governor’s Center, Jack was a financial administrator for the Norwin School District in Westmoreland County. He previously served as both the City Manager and Economic Development Director of the City of Clairton, an Act 47 third-class City in Allegheny County, and as a Program Coordinator/grant manager for the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, a non-profit corporation administering job training and educational programs for individuals, dislocated workers, and employers.

Jack has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Applied Policy Analysis from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Community Reinvestment Corporation, the Steel Valley Authority, and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, and was credited with two years of active duty service in the U.S. Army. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Smart Growth America (SGA), and works closely with SGA's affiliated organizations including Transportation for America, the National Brownfields Coalition, and the National Complete Streets Coalition.

 

Dan Wofford, Senior Consultant & Eastern Pennsylvania Director

Dan is the Senior Consultant to 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, providing policy guidance, strategic planning, fundraising assistance and government relations support.  He also represents 10,000 Friends in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  He has been working for 10,000 Friends on this basis since June of 2011.

Dan has a long history of public service and civic engagement. He brings over thirty years of experience in the civic arena that encompasses policy development, program management, government relations and fundraising.  He has served on the senior staff of the Governor of Pennsylvania, worked on Capitol Hill, and managed a non-profit. A lawyer by training, he practiced as a litigator with the Philadelphia firm of Ballard Spahr LLP in the early 1980s, after which he served as Policy Director and Special Assistant to Governor Casey. He later served as the Director of the Philadelphia Education Fund’s College Access Program. In 2002, he ran for the US Congress in Pennsylvania’s 6th District, narrowly losing 51% to 49% in a district created for his opponent. Since then, he has worked as a public policy and strategic planning consultant based in Philadelphia.  He is a graduate of Yale University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Dan has devoted his time and resources to a many important civic organizations. He was the founding chairman of Chester County Futures, a mentoring and college scholarship program serving low-income high school students, and is a founding Board Member of City Year Greater Philadelphia.  Most recently, in 2013 he joined the Advisory Board of the Phoenixville Branch of Freedom Valley YMCA.

 

Tom Hardy, Western Pennsylvania Director

Tom Hardy serves as 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania’s representative in Western Pennsylvania, based in Pittsburgh.

With more than 15 years of experience in real estate development, land use planning and urban redevelopment, Tom has worked on many significant projects throughout Pittsburgh that reflect the smart growth values and goals of 10,000 Friends.  In 2009, Tom launched Palo Alto Partners, a consulting practice that focuses on real estate development, market analysis and business planning for both private and public sector clients.  Previously he served as Executive Director of Manchester Citizens Corporation, a nationally recognized community development corporation in Pittsburgh, and as Assistant Director of South Side Local Development Company, a community based non-profit corporation promoting economic revitalization of Pittsburgh's South Side. 

A 1996 graduate of Duke University, Tom also has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business in 2009.