Brian Abernathy

Brian Abernathy - Member Profile

Philadelphia, PA

BA, Coker University
Bain & Co
City of Philadelphia
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Brian has served in multiple public sector roles. He finished his city career as Philadelphia’s Managing Director, overseeing all the City and County’s 30+ operating departments, 20,000 employees, and $4.8 billion budget. Brian has also led the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, negotiating millions of dollars in redevelopment projects and finding creative solutions for affordable housing. He started his city career as an aide to Councilman Frank DiCicco, analyzing the city budget, crafting legislation, and working with community groups.

Throughout his tenure with the City, Brian earned a reputation as a problem solver and consensus builder, tackling some of the City’s greatest challenges. Brian was instrumental in Philadelphia’s Zoning Code Reform, the Central Delaware Waterfront planning process, the redevelopment of Center City’s Gallery Mall, the initial response and planning following the refinery explosion, and managed several large-scale events including the Democratic National Convention, Made in America concerts, and NFL Draft. He tackled the City’s opioid and homeless crises and proved to be a strong partner with communities and businesses in improving their quality-of-life.

Brian founded Pelham Advisors in 2023, providing management consulting services to the public and nonprofit sectors.

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