PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Jim Kenney today announced that Anne K. Nadol, a Philadelphia-based executive with more than three decades of experience in government, business, higher education and economic development, will become the City’s Director of Commerce, effective March 29, 2022 In her role as Director of Commerce, Nadol will oversee the City’s economic development efforts and implement policies to support the growth of small businesses as well as the attraction and retention of large companies.
“Anne’s background and experience is a perfect fit for Philadelphia as we continue to navigate the complex economic climate the city faces as a result of the pandemic,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “With her expertise in both the public and private sectors and her track record of building collaborative, cross-industry partnerships, I’m confident that Anne is the right person to help Philadelphia’s business community continue to bounce back and prepare our city for a fair recovery in the months and years to come.
Previously, Nadol worked for Temple University for over twenty years in a variety of leadership positions, most recently serving as Vice President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees and as Chief of Staff to the President. While at Temple, Nadol also led the modernization of board operations and managed various special projects and initiatives, including the review of the university’s sexual assault policies and disciplinary process and recertification. of the NCAA. Nadol served five different university presidents and led the staff in the president’s office.
“I am excited to grow and enhance our partnerships across the public and private sectors as we work to implement business development efforts that will help spread economic vitality and opportunity to every corner and postcode. of Philadelphia,” said Anne Nadol. “I am humbled and honored to help champion Philadelphia’s small businesses, which are the backbone of the city’s communities. As the engine of economic development in the city, the Department of Commerce is just one essential part of the broader trade ecosystem, and it will take enhanced and focused collaboration across all sectors as we work to foster an inclusive and equitable recovery.
Prior to joining Temple University in 2000, Nadol held various government positions at the local and federal levels, including as Special Assistant to Mayor Ed Rendell, where she helped lead strategic planning initiatives at city-wide and co-directed the preparation of the Five-Year Financial Plan for submission to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. In addition, she served as Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of Public-Private Programs, International Trade Administration, United States Department of Commerce, where she coordinated with state development agencies, Global Commerce, Chambers of Commerce, and Small Business Development Centers to provide export development support to U.S. businesses. Since 2017, Nadol has been appointed by the Mayor and Chamber of Commerce to the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC).
The trade director post had been vacant since the resignation of Michael Rashid in December 2021.
A portrait of Nadol is available for download online.