North10 Philadelphia grew from the commitment and vision of philanthropist Chase Lenfest.
North10 Philadelphia is a community-focused foundation that has grown from the commitment and vision of Chase Lenfest and from the support of the H. Chase Lenfest Foundation. In 2007 the Foundation reclaimed unused land from a dilapidated former SEPTA repair station and made it the site of a brand new 52,000 square-foot facility that would serve as a vital community crossroads.
The Lenfest Center, a model neighborhood community center, is located at 3890 North 10th Street. Hence the name for our nonprofit, North10 Philadelphia.
Together with outside partners, the Center’s staff offer a range of innovative programs for neighborhood children–from academics and sports to cooking and chess– as well as a growing array of education, training, and service options for adults. Over the past 12 years, the Center has proven its value as a safe and welcoming place for area residents to gather and connect. Functioning as a vibrant hub that facilitates culturally relevant neighborhood engagement, advocacy, education, and improved community health outcomes, the Center was our starting point.
Now North10’s impact reaches out across the neighborhood. Created in 2018 to serve Hunting Park-East Tioga area of North Philadelphia (the Bethune School catchment). As the parent organization of the Lenfest Center North10 collaborates with partners to facilitate strategic, resident-driven revitalization and service initiatives that foster economic growth, increase housing options, enhance learning opportunities, and promote wellness.
Through strong partnerships with a shared vision and mutual accountability, North10 Philadelphia works to improve the life outcomes for community members in Hunting Park and East Tioga by facilitating economic growth, increasing housing options, enhancing learning opportunities, and promoting wellness in order for current residents and future generations to live happy, healthy and civically engaged lives.
Building upon the achievements, commitment, and ingenuity of neighborhood and local leadership, North10 will support community revitalization efforts so that by 2028, Hunting Park and East Tioga will be home to:
A high-quality cradle-to-career educational pipeline so that every neighborhood child has access to learning opportunities worthy of their promise.
A diverse cohort of local businesses, job opportunities, and adult learning options.
Dignified, high-quality housing; readily available resources for current homeowners and homebuyers; and both rental and ownership opportunities that prioritizes the needs of the current residents.
A safer, cleaner, and greener environment, where all residents have access to affordable healthy food, an array of physical, mental, and behavioral health services.
Board of Directors
H. Chase Lenfest
Founder & Chairman of the Board
H. Chase Lenfest owns or holds interests in a diverse portfolio of companies operating in media, marketing, technology, real estate, and private and public equity investment. He is a dedicated philanthropist, with a particular passion for improving the quality of life for urban and inner-city residents, which he advances through personal endeavors and his two foundations. As the president of The H. Chase Lenfest Foundation, Inc., which began operations in 2002, Mr. Lenfest provides financial support for programs intended to make a positive impact on the lives of children primarily in the Philadelphia area.
Ingrid Boucher is Founder and Principal at Bloom Planning. Ms. Boucher’s passion is improving opportunities and outcomes for all children by helping nonprofit and education-related organizations operate in strategic, efficient, high-impact ways. She uses her 20+ years of experience in education and social services to help clients create mindful, meaningful processes that guide transformation and propel their organizations in successful pursuit of their missions. Ingrid understands that effective change begins with strong relationships that support honest conversations and lead organizations in bold, desirable directions. She has an abiding commitment to supporting organizations that serve and work on behalf of vulnerable people.
John Henry is Chairman/Founder, CEO, Chariot Companies. Mr. Henry is a nationally-recognized social entrepreneur and business leader with a long record of success. As the Founder, Chairman & CEO of Chariot Companies, he is recognized for creating new and sustainable business strategies, products and solutions that meet social needs or serve overlooked markets to enhance quality of life. By dissolving traditional business boundaries and unrestricted by conventional forms and structures, Mr. Henry is bringing new value chain choices to markets that will create demand for equipment, systems, technology and education that save energy, conserve resources and support socio-economic growth in communities.
Thomas Pasch is Vice President and General Counsel of the Lenfest Media Group. Mr. Pasch practiced law with the Philadelphia based law firms of Braemer, Ableson & Hitchner; Hoyle, Morris & Kerr; Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhodes; and Saul Ewing, LLC before joining the Lenfest Group, LLC as General Counsel in 2000, representing the business and personal interests of the Lenfest family members. In 2004 he began full-time representation of the business and personal interests of H. Chase Lenfest.
Leah Stauffer is Director, WEIV Agency at WEIV Media Corp and Founder, Half a Million Kids. Ms. Stauffer is an accomplished entrepreneur who has applied her visionary and organizational skills to several successful entities throughout her career including but not limited to The Learning Studio (a forum for women’s empowerment and life enrichment programs) and Philadelphia Films. As an investigative researcher, director and producer, Leah has Co-Produced an award-winning feature film, and developed a nationally-licensed motivational dance program, book and DVD series. She has been featured by publications such as the Washington Post, Women’s Health, O Magazine, The Times London, CNN and numerous other local, national and international media.
Dr. John Tupponce
Dr. John Tupponce is Chief Operating Officer of City Year. Mr. Tupponce. Dr. Tupponce serves as a key leader in the implementation of systems, processes and organizational design, and works to align impact, fundraising, and district engagement operations with City Year’s vision and goals for the future. Prior to this role, Dr. Tupponce served as an as assistant superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia, where he managed and lead a portfolio of 20-40 educational sites and 300-500 employees, overseeing $90 to $150 million in funding, promoting transformational outcomes, and increasing student achievement. Dr. Tupponce began his career as a teacher and has held other leadership roles in school systems in Virginia and in Philadelphia, including as a school principal and executive director.
Dr. Joshua Klaris
Josh Klaris has more than 25 years professional experience, with a significant expertise in school and non-profit improvement and innovation at the local and system-level. Currently, he is the Executive Director of North10, Philadelphia, a “place-based” community change, strategy organization that is committed to improving the overall quality of life for current residents in the Hunting Park-East Tioga community of North Philadelphia. North10 is the parent organization of the Lenfest Center.
Previously, Josh was the Director of School Leadership for Generation Ready, a leading national provider of leader and teacher professional learning services. In 2013, Josh served as the Resident Principal at the United States Department of Education. Josh co-founded DREAM Charter School in East Harlem, New York, and served as the school’s first Principal and Executive Director from 2007-2011. Before that, Josh served as the principal of PS 183 in Manhattan after holding positions as an assistant principal and teacher within the New York City Department of Education from 1994. He was a 1991 Teach for America corps member, starting his career as a kindergarten teacher at St. Mary Parish in Amelia, Louisiana.
Josh has a doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.L.D.) from Harvard University, a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Teachers College, a master’s degree in administration and supervision from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Tufts University. He and his wife, Amy, have 17-year-old twins, Gabriel and Eloise.
Latesha Sims Beasley, MPA
Chief of Staff
Latesha Sims Beasley has deep professional roots in the nonprofit and educational sectors, where she has advocated for social justice and sustainable change in pursuit of equity and opportunity for all. She currently serves as Chief of Staff for North10, Philadelphia – a community development and neighborhood revitalization organization that aims to improve lives of those in the Hunting Park and East Tioga neighborhoods of North Philadelphia – where she oversees the strategic direction of the organization. She has also served as the Senior Director of Operations and Special Projects for the Lenfest Center, which is proudly operated by North10.
Latesha previously served as a Manager, Recruiting and Staffing for the Camden City School District, where she supported family school staffing, diversity initiatives, and compensation research to position the District as a competitive employer and national model for urban education. Latesha also worked as the District’s Innovation Manager, where she served as a liaison to New Jersey’s only Renaissance (District-Charter hybrid) schools. In this role, she supported the District with multi-million-dollar construction projects and operationalized major District initiatives, such as a city-wide enrollment process. As a champion for children, Latesha also served as Executive Director for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Camden County, where she was responsible for increasing the visibility of the program in order to ensure its sustainability. Under her leadership, the program grew its educational advocacy initiative to advocate for abused neglected children in out-of-home placement and increased the percentage of young people who would receive a CASA volunteer.
Latesha has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and a master’s degree in public administration from Villanova University.
Christopher D. Gale, MPA
Chief Programs Officer
Chris Gale is a public service professional with varied experience in both the nonprofit and government sectors. He currently serves as Center Director and Chief Programs Officer for North10, Philadelphia, which he joined in 2019. With a special passion for families and young people who are affected by systemic poverty, Chris works tirelessly to help empower the residents in the Hunting Park-East Tioga neighborhood of North Philadelphia and other communities of color through education and human services to ensure that young people have the tools they need to prepare for success throughout their lives.
Before joining North10, he served as the Deputy Director for Community Schools in the Mayor’s Office of Education, City of Philadelphia. Chris also served as Administrator for Casa del Carmen, which is part of Catholic Social Services, where he oversaw the growth of all the programs he led – particularly the Preschool Academy – as well as the food pantry, public benefits access, parenting/prenatal education, emergency helpline, and more. Under his leadership, the preschool doubled the number of children served, added staff, and increased its quality rating from a middle rating to the highest rating given, while also ensuring sustainable funding for the program. He began his career in Philadelphia with the Boys & Girls Clubs, serving as the Manager of Literacy Initiatives. Before moving to Philadelphia in 2012, Chris worked for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland, Michigan, as the middle school program lead. Chris has a master’s degree in public administration from Villanova University and a bachelor’s degree in public administration/nonprofit management from Grand Valley State University.