2019 LEF Scholarship Dinner
Honoree and keynote biographies
Yvette A. Núñez is Vice President of Civic Affairs at The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, the first Latina to serve in a senior leadership role at the 216 year-old organization. In addition to leading local government advocacy on behalf of the business community by engaging with the Mayor, his administration, and City Council, she leads The Chamber’s Roadmap for Growth Action Team, which focuses on building opportunities for job creation and economic growth, revitalizing neighborhood economies, developing a trained and educated workforce and addressing the City’s homelessness and panhandling epidemic. Building on the success of Roadmap, in 2019, the Chamber launched the PHL Neighborhood Growth Project, an issues-advocacy campaign whose policy agenda promotes inclusive growth and good jobs, education and workforce modernization, safe and healthy neighborhoods, and putting people first in City Hall.
Prior to joining the Chamber, she served as Chief Communications Officer for Congreso de Latinos Unidos, a multiservice nonprofit organization which serves the City’s poorest zip code. In that role, Ms. Núñez led the agency’s communications, civic engagement, corporate relations, events, fundraising and volunteer management initiatives.
Ms. Núñez is an Appointee to the PA State Advisory Committee to the US Civil Rights Commission, is on the Latino Marketing Advisory Group for Visit Philly, and currently serves on the Boards of CEIBA, an organization that promotes the economic development and financial inclusion of Philadelphia's Latino community. She has also served as Chair of the Latino Employment Opportunities Network, former Chair and Past President of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, and a former member of the PHLDiversity Board of Directors. She has received a number of awards including: City & State PA Above & Beyond Award Honoring Women of Public and Civic Mind; Hispanic Media’s Crystal Award; and the Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latino Leaders Award.
Ms. Núñez is an honor graduate of Temple University, where she earned a degree in journalism. She is a freelance writer and has been published in The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Tribune.
Gisele Barreto Fetterman is an access and equity advocate, a hugger and the Second Lady of Pennyslvania. She is the founder of Freestore 15104, where surplus and donated goods are received and redistributed to neighbors in need. The Freestore aims to eradicate food and clothing insecurity, and currently serves close to 1,600 clients a month. The Freestore has inspired 9 spin off locations and the birth of 412 Food Rescue. Gisele is the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, a community wide effort to end hunger and reduce food waste. 412 Food Rescue works with food retailers, wholesalers and other food providers to rescue un-sellable but perfectly good food to feed the food insecure. 412FR has rescued over 5 million pounds of food. She is co-founder of For Good PGH, a non-profit that works to advocate inclusion and inspire kindness. Its first initiative, Hello Hijab, has received both national and international praise. Gisele was born in Brazil and emigrated as a child to the US, living as an undocumented immigrant for over a decade. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, TODAY Show, CNN, NPR and more. Gisele is a Forty under 40 honoree, a Tedx Speaker a Jefferson Awards recipient and a mother of three.