Staff

Dan Wofford, Interim President & CEO

For the past seven years, Dan has served as the Senior Consultant to 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, providing policy guidance, strategic planning, fundraising assistance, and government relations support.  He has also represented 10,000 Friends in Southeastern Pennsylvania. On July 1, 2018, Dan began serving as 10,000 Friends Interim President & CEO.

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 in Pennsylvania state government, worked on Capitol Hill, and directed a community based non-profit, among other endeavors. 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 Robert 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 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 civic organizations. He was the founding chairman of Chester County Futures, a mentoring and college scholarship program serving low-income high school students, and a founding Board Member of City Year Greater Philadelphia.  In 2010, he was appointed by Governor Rendell to the PennSERVE Advisory Board which oversees the allocation of federal AmeriCorps funds for community service organizations in Pennsylvania.  He was elected Chair of the Board in 2017.

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. 

 

Cassandra Romanowski, Office & Communications Manager

Cassandra is the Office and Communications Manager of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, providing administrative assistance, social media management, and event planning support. She has been working for 10,000 Friends since September 2017.

Cassandra graduated summa cum laude from Penn State University with a degree in Humanities/Communications in 2013.  After graduation she spent two years as an English teacher in Malaysia under a Fulbright Fellowship. During her time in Malaysia, she worked closely with the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to develop curriculum and programs focused on Environmental education and awareness amongst secondary school students. Cassandra has a strong passion for green places and healthy communities and applies her passion to her work with our organization.