A trained architect, Tya comes to the Collaborative after serving as the Director of Project Planning & Design for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. Her experience also includes working for the Philadelphia Housing Authority and Logan Community Development Corporation. She brings a deep understanding of the Philadelphia design and community development landscape to the work of the Collaborative, and has a deep commitment to using design as a way to tackle social justice issues.
Elyssa Kane joined the Community Design Collaborative in 2018 after securing resources for a variety of nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia region over the past 19 years. She is responsible for leading the Collaborative’s staff and volunteer efforts in fundraising. Most recently, Elyssa oversaw a diversified development program at the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site. Previously, she raised funds in the community development and social service sectors. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Danielle Currica is a professional dance artist with a parallel career in nonprofit arts administration and program management. Most recently at Headlong, she served as both the organizational-wide administrator and manager of the Incubated Artist program, providing fiscal sponsorship, financial management, fundraising advice, planning and strategic thinking among other services to dance and theater artists who are women, trans and/or artist persons of color. She is a soloist and choreographer for the Peek a Boo Revue, performing as Sophie Sucre. Danielle was named Outstanding Performer at the 2008 Mid-Atlantic American College Dance Festival before receiving her BFA in Dance/Choreography, summa cum laude, from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009.