Economy League of Greater Philadelphia Names Jeff Hornstein as Executive Director

PHILADELPHIA (January 25, 2018) The Board of Directors of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia today announced the appointment of Jeff Hornstein, Ph.D. as its next Executive Director. Dr. Hornstein was most recently Director of Financial and Policy Analysis for the Philadelphia City Controller.  He begins his new duties on February 1, 2018.


Jeff Hornstein was hired based on his diverse experience, deep relationships within the Philadelphia region, and his ability to fulfill the Economy League’s mission of providing impactful research, connecting diverse leaders and advancing shared solutions.


“Jeff’s knowledge, experience, and forward-thinking commitment to the Philadelphia region are only a few of the excellent qualities we know he will bring to the Economy League as its new Executive Director” said Chris Chepel, Board Chair of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. “The Economy League is strategically positioned to leverage our research and convening strengths to effect positive change and promote prosperity for Greater Philadelphia.  Jeff has a demonstrated ability to bring the right people together to drive collective action that is grounded in information and analysis.”


As the Director of Financial and Policy Analysis for the Philadelphia City Controller, Hornstein worked on critical issues relating to Philadelphia's fiscal health.  Under Hornstein’s leadership, the Policy Unit produced numerous data-driven policy analyses on topics including the City's property tax system, tax delinquency and receivables issues, tax incentive programs, charter school finances, the efficacy of the City's tourism and convention promotion entities, and the state of retirement security in Philadelphia.  In addition to leading the research efforts of the Controller’s office, Hornstein began coordination of a citywide initiative to increase local spending by Philadelphia's major institutions. Hornstein has obtained funding to bring this Anchor Procurement Initiative to the Economy League, the first major project in the Economy League’s expanding Shared Solutions portfolio.    

“I’m thrilled to lead a team comprised of talented and dedicated staff and board members. I look forward to building on the Economy League’s strong foundation of providing insight and connecting regional leaders, as well as increasing our capacity to work toward shared solutions,” said Hornstein.  “I’m excited to bring the Anchor Procurement Initiative to the Economy League.  Interestingly, the relationships I forged through the Economy League’s Leadership Exchange served as the foundation for the initiative, so it’s fitting that it should find a home here.  The Economy League’s strong networks will provide a great base for leveraging institutional purchasing power to create local job growth.”


Hornstein serves on the boards of Queen Village Neighbors Association and the Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition, and convened the Friends of Neighborhood Education, a citywide initiative to build community support for neighborhood public schools.


Jeff Hornstein has degrees from MIT (B.S.), the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.) and the University of Maryland (PhD).


About The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia addresses critical issues facing Greater Philadelphia by providing impactful research, connecting diverse leaders, and advancing shared solutions.  Since its founding in 1909, the Economy League has believed that high-quality analysis and practical insight about the region’s most important challenges and opportunities, combined with collaborative, cross-sector leadership are crucial drivers of prosperity in Greater Philadelphia.