Stephanie Naidoff is a lawyer and civic activist. She practiced law for over 30 years, first with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she spent a decade as chief counsel for the mid-Atlantic states, then as General Counsel for Thomas Jefferson University for 15 years, and then with the law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius.
In 1997 she was asked to take charge of a long delayed dream to create a performing arts center for Philadelphia. The Kimmel Center, a breathtaking design of famed architect Rafael Vinoly, opened in 2001 as the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra and seven other performing arts groups.
She then served as Philadelphia’s Director of Commerce (chief economic development officer) and City Representative for four years, during which time she worked on projects as diverse as the Cira Center and Comcast headquarters, the development of the Navy Yard, the expansion of the Penn campus eastward, and the move of the Barnes to the Parkway. She also worked on the mega-concert Live Eight and Philadelphia’s bid for the 2016 Olympics.
Now retired, Stephanie serves on the boards of Penn Medicine (the University of Pennsylvania’s health system), the Free Library, Curtis Institute of Music, and Play on Philly. In Aspen, where she also resides, she serves on the boards of the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Society of Fellows of the Aspen Institute, and Aspen Public Radio.
She is a proud graduate of Philadelphia’s public schools, Goucher College, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.