We are very pleased to welcome the newest members of the FRP board of directors: Sally Elk and Melissa Kim.
Sara Jane ("Sally") Elk, President & CEO of Eastern State Penitentiary, was one of the organizing members of the Eastern State Penitentiary Task Force in 1988 while working at the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the City’s preservation agency. She has contributed to the preservation and development of the penitentiary as a cultural site since the beginning of the project. She joined Eastern State as its first Executive Director in 1999. Today, through Sally and her staff’s efforts, Eastern State is a tourist destination, drawings over 300,000 visitors annually, and the 11-acre site remains a stabilized ruin. Sally focuses on implementing interpretation, preservation and visitor amenities. She holds a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the boards of the Parkway Council (Museum District), the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Area Conservation Association (PACA). Sally’s experience and leadership in preserving and activating one of the greatest (once neglected) historical and architectural assets of Philadelphia is invaluable toward moving the Rail Park forward.
Melissa J. Kim, Esq. is a Program Officer at the Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a nonprofit community development corporation. Previously, she managed the Pearl Street Project at Asian Arts Initiative, directed community economic development programs at The Village of Arts and Humanities and the North 5th Street Revitalization Project, and practiced law. Melissa is also an Adjunct Instructor at Temple University. She holds a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning and Juris Doctorate from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College. Melissa's experience with non-profits and grant writing, her track record and capacity for community engagement, and her valuable legal training fulfill much needed skills within the current board.