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Board of Directors


Board of Directors


Kate McGlinchey


Kate McGlinchey is the Economic Development Manager for Old City District, where she leads business attraction and retention efforts, serves as the liaison between businesses and government, and works on strategic planning and long-term neighborhood improvement projects.

Kate moved to Philadelphia in 2007 to attend Temple University, and has called Philadelphia home ever since. After graduating from Temple with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Kate spent several years working as a political staffer, including her role as statewide scheduling director for Governor Wolf’s successful 2014 campaign. Mistakenly thinking grad school would involve more sleep than political campaigns, Kate enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, earning her Master of Public Administration degree in 2016. During grad school, Kate worked at S.R. Wojdak & Associates, helping handle government relations strategy in City Hall.

In her free time, Kate enjoys reading, working out, and exploring restaurants in her East Passyunk neighborhood. She cares more about zoning than is probably healthy. Email Kate.


Rachel Patchen 

Vice President

Rachel is a Business Consulting and Technology Senior Associate at Grant Thornton. As a change management practitioner, she works on large-scale business transformations relating to technology, organizational and business process change. Rachel is also a leader in her firm’s women business resource group and organizes events and programs to help with the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women.

Rachel grew up just outside of Philadelphia. After graduating from Penn State in 2015 with Bachelors in Economics and Psychology, she moved back to Philadelphia and settled in the Fairmount area. Rachel’s first involvement with YIP was through the ambassador program, where she helped on-board new volunteers and foster connections between event attendees. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys cooking, traveling, and discovering new restaurants in the city.


Brenda Nguyen


A born-and-bred Philadelphian, Brenda grew up in South Philly and attended Central High School (270) in the Olney neighborhood. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and studying abroad in Spain and Hong Kong, she moved to New York City where she worked as a strategist for Firebrand Group — a digital marketing and research start-up company.

Shortly after, she returned to Philadelphia to begin planting and cultivating her social, professional, and civic roots in her hometown. Brenda serves as a board member of The Walnut Club, a grassroots women’s club focused on igniting a community of female leaders. She also coaches the Philadelphia Suns and the Philadelphia Starlings Club Volleyball teams, non-profit organizations focused on providing inner-city youth the opportunity to play volleyball at a competitive level.

Invigorated and fueled by individuals, spaces, and events, she hopes to connect and empower the many different people and communities in the City of Philadelphia. During her free time, she finds herself obsessively adding books to her Amazon wishlist, spontaneously booking flights to other cities, discovering new happy hours and cafés in Philly, and energizing herself with friends and strangers on the dancefloor.

Brenda currently works as a Commercial & Investment Real Estate Agent with MPN Realty in Center City and is a freelance photographer.