Philadelphia OIC Announces the Appointment of Two New Board Members

Philadelphia OIC Announces the Appointment of Two New Board MembersClick here to learn more


PHILADELPHIA, PA (MARCH 18,2021) – PhiladelphiaOIC announced today the addition of two new board members, Sabrina Brooks and Richelle Payne,CCP, who will help support the nonprofit’s work to eradicate poverty through education and employment.


“We are excited to welcome Sabrina and Richelle to our Board of Directors,” said Judge Renée CardwellHughes, President & CEO, Philadelphia OIC. “They bring extensive experience in workforce development, program implementation, and branding and communications,that are vital to our strategic expansion.”


The two new board members began a three (3)year term in December 2020:

Sabrina Brooks is a Senior Managerof Workforce Development, Corporate and Community Relations at PECO. She is a proven leader with extensive, and progressive experience both internal and external at PECO. She has demonstrated the ability to set strategic initiatives, navigate, and excel with individuals and teams by producing concrete and measurable results to accomplish the goals and missions of the organization.


Richelle Payne is Managing Partner at Hurst & Leigh Communications Group, a Philadelphia-based strategic communications and marketing firm that partners with CEOs and change makers around the world to help them find and fix their brand challenges for greater impact. A former journalist, spokesperson for an HBCU, and president emeritus of a professional PR association, she brings more than 30 years of experience in business transformation, change, and crises to help clients protect and grow their reputation and revenues.



Philadelphia OIC works with unemployed and underemployed citizens seeking a better life,including the homeless and people reintegrating into society from the criminal justice system, who need swift action and support. Its workforce developmentprograms have a 76 percent completion rate and an 86 percent employment placement rate. Philadelphia OIC stands on the front lines helping to eradicate the 25.6 percent poverty rate in Philadelphia in a meaningful and lasting way. Philadelphia OIC also operates an accelerated, public high school, Philadelphia OIC Workforce Academy, for students who are over-aged and under-credited who did not thrive in a traditional high school.


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About Philadelphia OIC


Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC) is dedicated to the elimination of poverty, unemployment and illiteracy to ensure a meaningful quality of life for families and individuals within Philadelphia. Founded in 1964, on the principles of “helping people to help themselves,” OIC serves as a catalyst, enabling its clients to establish and maintain critical job and life skills throughprofessional development. OIC serves more than 1,500 individuals annually and has provided more than 18,000 clients basic training in computer and Internet technology since 2011. For more information, please visit: