Jordan Schwartz is UWGPSNJ’s Managing Director for Civic Engagement, a role in which he leads the organization’s new effort to steward a unified approach to ending inter-generational poverty. By building partnerships across sectors that focus on clear solutions and a collaborative set of actions, Jordan’s work enables United Way to amplify the region’s capacity to address systemic challenges at the root of poverty.
Among his duties, Jordan works to engage the region’s civic leaders, content experts, and community stakeholders to elevate the regional conversation around poverty and develop a public strategy that challenges the region to act with purpose and urgency around a collaborative poverty-fighting agenda. He also oversees UWGPSNJ’s public affairs team, focused on working with partners in the public sector to develop policy solutions proven to better educate our children, equip our workforce, and promote financial stability.
Prior to joining UWGPSNJ, Jordan served as Director of Civic Impact for The Philadelphia Citizen, leading the effort to connect and equip the city’s civic innovators with opportunities to make a meaningful impact on their community. He also previously served as Director of External Affairs for the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, the local team that organized the Democratic National Convention in 2016. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff in the office of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and, prior to that, was Pennsylvania State Director for the Center for Progressive Leadership.
Jordan has served on several boards and task forces with organizations across the city, including on his neighborhood civic association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania and is a proud graduate of Central High School.