Thom Webster

Thom Webster

Speaker
Lead Program Advisor – iRISE

Thom Webster is an experienced business leader, advisor, and entrepreneur in the creation and development of for-profit and non-
profit organizations in both the private and public sectors.

Successful efforts have included:
• Serving as a Program and Investment Advisor to Philadelphia’s
University Science Center for the creation, development, and
deployment of a Technology Accelerator for funding
underrepresented Startups, Launch Lane, in the Life Sciences; as a
Management Advisor to Backstage Capital for the deployment of its
global Accelerator program; Senior Advisor to Black & Brown
Founders for eco-system building for diverse Tech Founders; and as
Business Advisor to Alpha Professional Solutions, a nationally
recognized African American owned business that is a successful
graduate of the US Small Business Administration 8(a) program.
• Founding Board Member of Mastery Charter Schools (MCS) which has been recognized as one of the top Charter Management Group in the U.S. doing successful take-over of underperforming public schools. The MCS network currently operates 24 schools in two states, serving 14,000+ students employing more than 1,700 people having graduated over 5,600 alumni.
• Spearheading project funding for multiple large workforce initiatives across various industry sectors under federal and
state contract for skills training and employment retention; curriculum planning and design; program evaluation; and
management oversight ensuring quality assurance and program compliance.
• Also, Mr. Webster served as Chairman of The Board for Neighborhoods Now, a spin-off $20 million non-profit from the
Pew and William Penn Foundations which was originally formed as an economic development advisoryboard whose members were primarily banking institutions collaborating to drive community re-investment. As a former appointee of Governor Bob Casey to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor, Mr. Webster headed economic
development initiatives and EEO programs for small and minority businesses statewide. Responsibility included directing
a statewide staff of 20+ with oversight for contracting and compliance of federal programs in excess of $300 million.

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