Marlene L. Olshan is the Chief Executive Officer of Vetri Community Partnership, which empowers children and families to lead healthy lives through fresh food, hands-on experiences, and education. Under her leadership, VCP has grown to serve more than 17,000 children and adults at 90+ schools and community centers in the Philadelphia region. Prior to VCP, she worked as the Deputy Commissioner for Performance Management and Accountability for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services. Prior to the City, Olshan spent over 12 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s premier youth mentoring organization, serving as the CEO of Southeastern PA affiliate and as the COO of the National Office.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters SEPA, Marlene led a team of 80 and built the organization into the 5th largest affiliate in the nation, providing a carefully screened adult mentor to over 4,000 youth in the region. Under her leadership she created an innovative program called “Beyond School Walls” which partners a local corporation with an inner city school, allowing mentoring to occur in the workplace. This program has subsequently been rolled out nationwide and partnering with such esteemed corporations as Urban Outfitters, Comcast Corporation, and Bentley Systems.
Marlene started her career in the private sector in the fashion retail business, serving as Vice President, Stores for national chains such as Children’s Place and Aeropostale. In 2011, Marlene was recognized as a “Leader of Distinction” by the Greater West Chester Rotary Club, and in 2009 was recognized with the Humanitarian Award by B’Nai Brith, Philadelphia. She currently serves on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Judicial Review Board.
Marlene is a graduate of Temple University and resides in Center City Philadelphia with her wife, Mindy. When she is not working, Marlene can usually be found dining at a Vetri Family restaurant.