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.
Kim has an extensive marketing career, for 20 years developing communications strategies to connect with the motivations and emotions of audiences by marrying the strategic and creative side of business. She has deep experience in many facets of professional realms: corporate, non-profit and small business. Kim now owns a private coaching and consulting practice, where her passion for mission driven work, her business acumen and transformational journey come together.
Ulysses Sean Vance is a registered architect focused on inclusive design practices. His experience includes project programming and strategic planning for inclusive domestic and civic institutions applying universal design concepts to architecture and its parallel engagements. A Philadelphia native, his return to the area brings a national perspective on cross-disciplinary collaborations, conceptualization with non-architectural professions, and an excitement for the healthful consideration of art and architecture in service to the Philadelphia community.