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UCD: Matthew Bergheiser
September 8, 2009, Volume 56, No. 02



The Board of Directors of the University City District (UCD) has announced the appointment of Matthew Bergheiser as Executive Director. Mr. Bergheiser will oversee more than 85 administrative, public safety, and maintenance employees, and an annual budget of more than $9 million. He will act as a liaison between UCD’s Board of Directors and local government, businesses and residents to further UCD’s mission to build effective partnerships maintaining a clean and safe environment while promoting, planning, and advocating for University City.

Mr. Bergheiser joined UCD on July 1 after serving, since 2006, as the regional director of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where he managed an annual grant-making budget of $6 million. At the Foundation, he established the Philadelphia office, created its investment strategy and formed its advisory board. He cultivated major civic initiatives and influenced public and private stakeholders to invest in key programs such as “Graduate! Philadelphia,” “Campus Philly,” and the “Job Opportunity Investment Network,” which focuses on advancing low-skilled Philadelphians into career ladder jobs.

Before that, Mr. Bergheiser served as the executive director of the Trenton Downtown Association. He was responsible for the economic revitalization of Trenton’s downtown through innovative real estate strategies: reducing office vacancy while initiating improvements to retail corridors, developing non-profit arts spaces, and creating successful heritage tourism initiatives.  

Mr. Bergheiser also served as EVP of West Philadelphia’s Enterprise Center directing programs for a community development business incubator growing a climate base of annual revenues from $1 million to $10 million resulting in the creation of 200 jobs over six years.

“After an extensive search we have found the person to lead UCD into the future and we are thrilled to announce Matt as the new executive director,” said Craig Carnaroli, chairman of the UCD Board. “He has a unique set of skills in urban development, community relations, management, strategic planning and fundraising that will help us accomplish our goals and meet the terrific opportunities that await this community.”

Mr. Bergheiser said, “I am incredibly excited to lead UCD. University City is in many ways the face that Philadelphia presents to the world. The combined assets of the institutions, along with a dynamic neighborhood and vibrant commercial corridors all add up to an exciting opportunity. I’m eager to be part of University City and UCD’s future.”

He holds a BA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and an MBA from Penn’s Wharton School.


Almanac - September 8, 2009, Volume 56, No. 02