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  Mandel, Brett H.
NameBrett H. Mandel
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19146, United States
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Born Unknown
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Apr 29, 2009 09:20pm
InfoBrett Mandel is a candidate for City Controller in Philadelphia. Previously, Brett served as the Executive Director of Philadelphia Forward, a citizens' organization dedicated to promoting civic engagement to make Philadelphia a vibrant city that is a preferred place to live, work, and visit. Philadelphia Forward’s efforts on behalf of tax reform won the “Golden Dot” award for the best local internet campaign of 2005 from the Institute for Politics, Democracy & The Internet, a “Pepperpot Award” from the Public Relations Society of America, and a “Pollie” from the American Association of Political Consultants. Brett has been awarded The Council of Georgist Organizations' Henry George Award Tax Reform Champion Activist Award, the Young Involved Philadelphia Civic Bulldog Award, and the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the PA Institute of CPAs Outstanding Achievement in Tax Reform Award. But, more important, Philadelphia Forward changed the way people think about how they can be involved in the civic life of this city.

Previously, Brett served as Director, Financial and Policy Analysis, in the City of Philadelphia Office of the Controller where he managed the efforts of the Financial and Policy Analysis Unit and oversaw consideration of a wide variety of issue areas relating to municipal governance, budgetary policy, and city government operations. Brett received his B.A. from Hamilton College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and his M.G.A. from the Fels Center of Government of the University of Pennsylvania.

Brett is the author of Is This Heaven? The Magic of the Field of Dreams (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002) a book that brings readers along on the continuing pilgrimage to the Field of Dreams Movie Site where life imitates art and everyday people find redemption and reconciliation in an Iowa cornfield. He is also the primary co-author of the City Controller’s Office book, Philadelphia: A New Urban Direction (Saint Joseph's University Press, 1999), a vision of Philadelphia's likely future without change and a comprehensive plan designed to make Philadelphia a preferred place to live, work, and visit. The book received the National Association of Local Government Auditors Special Project Award for 1999. Another book, Minor Players, Major Dreams, (University of Nebraska Press, 1997) was written from Brett’s perspective as an author, signed to a minor league baseball player’s contract to tell the inside story of minor league life.

In 2006, Brett was selected as one of the Philadelphia region’s top 101 “connectors” by the LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Connector Project, and one of the Philadelphia Business Journal “40 Under 40.”

Brett is a product of the Philadelphia public schools (Northeast High School graduate), an active weekend athlete, and a passionate sports fan. A lifelong Philadelphia resident, Brett serves as Commissioner of the Greater Philadelphia Men’s Adult Baseball League, a Board Member (Finance Chair) for the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, and is active in numerous community organizations. Brett formerly served as the Vice President of the Center City Residents Association and, as an active writer, Brett was a member of the National Writers’ Union. Brett lives in the Fitler Square neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife, Laura Weinbaum, daughters Rose Mandel Weinbaum and Ariel Mandel Weinbaum, and son Sidney Weinbaum Mandel.


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