Southwest CDC Board Chair Malcolm Yates is Honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal 

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Southwest CDC is pleased to share that our board chair, Malcolm Yates has been honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal for his efforts to increase inclusion within the region’s workplaces. Malcolm Yates is the Director of Government Relations at Public Health Management Corporation. His role is to identify elected members who are good stewards of public health and marry their legislative priorities to the services PHMC provides. He identifies new opportunities to deliver services and recognizes the gaps in key market areas where PHMC can acquire, partner, and create programs. PHMC delivers over 120 programs. 

 Yates became involved with politics and advocacy at the early age of 11 through his work with Vietnam Veterans of America’s campaign for the war against drugs and violence. After his brother, Marcus Yates, was murdered at the age of five in a Southwest Philadelphia candy store, Yates participated in the national campaign Safe Kids Week and remains an advocate for non-violence and stricter gun control laws through the Marcus J. Yates Foundation. He is also involved in Lost Dreams on Canvas, a program that preserves the memories of the children whose lives were taken through senseless violence.

Malcolm Yates has been on the board at Southwest CDC since 2020. He grew up in Southwest Philadelphia. He wanted to make sure he could give his time, talent, and resources to the community that shaped him. When the opportunity to join the board for the CDC opened he felt what better way to help bring the community resources than with Southwest CDC.

Yates does not currently have any political aspirations other than helping others who are qualified get elected. Since 2015 he has worked with or consulted with many candidates from Philadelphia to Delaware County to attain elected office. He would consider the opportunity  If he can be the most impactful behind the desk of an elected member but until then he will continue to make sure that he is at the table helping leaders get in office.

When it comes to his love for the community Yates says “Southwest to me is what makes Philadelphia what it is, from the diverse cultures to the businesses Southwest Philly is the engine of the city. You enter the City when you fly in through the airport and you leave the city as you fly out of the airport which is in Southwest. Your experiences as a tourist start and stop with Southwest Philadelphia, and I can’t see a better place to host it.”

We thank Malcolm for his advocacy and service to the Southwest community.

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