Board Members

The present members of the PICA Board are as follows:

Kevin Vaughan

Chair

Mr. Vaughan’s extensive career in government service began as Legislative Director for Philadelphia City Councilman Angel Ortiz before being appointed by then-Mayor Rendell as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. Mr. Vaughan was then appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton as a Regional Director of the US Department of Health and Human Services. He returned to service in Philadelphia as the Associate Director of the Free Library, Chief of Staff of the Managing Director’s Office, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, and finally as the Director of the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Health and Opportunity/Deputy Health Commissioner.

Mr. Vaughan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (C’77), attended the Fels School of Government, and holds executive education certificates from Columbia University and Harvard University. He was appointed to the PICA Board in 2016 by Governor Wolf.

Alan C. Kessler, Esq.

Vice-Chair

Mr. Kessler is an attorney in the area of commercial litigation with a focus on class actions and other complex litigation, government relations, and general counseling as a partner at Duane Morris LLP.

Mr. Kessler’s public service includes serving as a presidential appointee by President Clinton as the Vice Chair of the Presidential/Congressional Commission on Risk Assessment and Risk Management; and as a presidential appointee by President Clinton to the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service. He was elected Chair of the USPS Board of Governors in 2008. Mr. Kessler was appointed to serve as a member of the PICA Board by the Democratic Leader of the Senate in 2015.

Michael A. Karp

Secretary / Treasurer

Mr. Karp’s prior government service includes service as a member of the Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia. He is the founder of University City Housing and is active in the civic affairs of the University City community in West Philadelphia.  He was first appointed to serve as a member of the PICA Board by the Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2000 and has been reappointed to the Board upon expiration of each term of office. Mr. Karp was last reappointed to the Board in 2017.

Tina Byles Williams

Member

Ms. Byles Williams founded FIS Group 21 years ago and has over 33 years of investment experience.  She is the chief investment strategist and portfolio manager for the firm’s global equities product. As Chief Investment Officer, she chairs the firm’s Investment Committee, overseeing all investment strategy, manager search and disposition decisions.  Prior to founding FIS Group, Ms. Byles Williams was a principal and senior consultant with the investment consulting firm WHP, Inc. Before joining WHP, Ms. Byles Williams served as Chief Investment Officer to the City of Philadelphia’s $2.5 billion Board of Pensions and Retirement.

Ms. Byles Williams completed her undergraduate work at New York University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned her Master’s degree in Public Policy with an emphasis in Finance from Harvard University. She was appointed to the PICA Board in 2017 by the Democratic Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Ex-Officio Members

Ms. Jen Swails

Budget Secretary
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
238 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Mr. Mark Ryan

(Alternate for Ms. Swails)
Director of Governor’s Budget Office
333 Market Street, 19th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2210

Mr. Rob Dubow

Director of Finance
City of Philadelphia
1330 Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Ms. Marisa Waxman

(Alternate for Mr. Dubow)
Budget Director
City of Philadelphia
1330 Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102