Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meets once a month on the 2nd Monday of each month. Board Elections occur at our public Annual Meeting each May. Any CNA member current on their dues and who resides, works at, or operates a business within the boundaries of the Callowhill Neighborhood Association is eligible to run. All positions are held for a period of two years.
Julia Millan Shaw
Julia is Deputy Director at Asian Arts Initiative, a multidisciplinary community arts organization located at 1219 Vine St. Since permanently locating their building in Callowhill/Chinatown North, Asian Arts Initiative has worked with the neighborhood on a variety of artistic projects including: Sunday Breakfast Farm; People:Power:Place a Cultural Plan for Callowhill/Chinatown North; Shared Spaces; and the Pearl Street Project. Julia is a Philadelphia resident and a mom to three young children. She joined the CNA Board in 2016.
Robert Cheetham is the founder and CEO of Azavea, a geospatial software and analytics firm that employs 65 people and has been based in the Callowhill neighborhood since 2002. Robert has a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning and worked in local government in Japan and Philadelphia for several years. Prior to founding Azavea, Robert served as a software developer and data analyst for the Philadelphia Police Department, the University of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia. Current projects include work in climate change, green infrastructure, urban forestry, redistricting, and stormwater. He has been on the CNA board since 2006.
Dennis brings multi-tasking abilities to his role as board member and Treasurer for Callowhill Neighborhood Association. He has been a CNA board member and Treasurer since late 2011.Dennis’ background in graphic design and business management has been useful to CNA. Having graduated from Parsons School of Design/The New School, he pursued a career in design and formed various small business entities in New York City over a 30-yr. period before moving to Philadelphia in 2011.Not knowing the city upon his arrival, Dennis considered several different neighborhoods. In Callowhill he found unique qualities and an untapped potential that other neighborhoods lacked. Eight years later, these qualities endure and the potential is just beginning to be realized. He is gratified by the opportunity to contribute to these changes in even a minor way.
Bo has lived in Philadelphia since 2009 and in Callowhill since 2014. He is originally from the
area, but has also spent time in Washington D.C., Germany, and Poland. His background is in
sales and business development which he currently does for an advertising technology
company. Bo loves the Callowhill neighborhood and has enjoyed seeing the positive growth and
improvements taking place over the years. Through his independent efforts towards positive
change, he became involved with the CNA and decided to take a more active role. Bo wants to
see the neighborhood grow with worthy development projects, amenities that fit the needs of the residents, and an improved quality of life by reducing litter and trash on the streets and
Kelly is a driven urban planning and business development professional. In her role at Arts + Crafts Holdings Kelly spearheads programming, special projects and coordination for tenants and residents throughout Spring Arts District and has been appointed to serve on the City of Philadelphia’s Historical Commission. She has been a member of the Callowhill Neighborhood Association Board since 2017.
Leah has lived in Philadelphia since 2006 and in Callowhill since 2012. The industrial character of the neighborhood, the availability of loft living, along with the potential for the now-realized Rail Park, and the neighborhood’s location are among the many elements that attracted her to settle down in Callowhill. Leah Strenger has been a Realtor with Elfant Wissahickon Realtors since 2014. Leah has been a CNA board member since 2014.
Betsy is new to the Callowhill neighborhood having moved here about 2 years ago. She spent most of my career in New York City working in public transportation, business and project management. She has interest in strengthening communities by making streets more friendly, implementing trash and recycling programs, creating non-car centric mobility strategies, preserving green space in urban environments and promoting development that serves their neighborhoods. Betsy is pleased to be part of the Callowhill Neighborhood Association efforts to improve our quality of living.
Jeremy is President/CEO of Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission. Previously, he served as an executive at Habitat for Humanity for 10- years in both North Jersey and Fort Lauderdale. Self-described as “a minister with an MBA,” his two master degrees are from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. Currently living with his wife in Old City (close enough to bike/walk to Callowhill Neighborhood), he loves sailing and racing with the Liberty Sailing Club at Pier 5.