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The Flower Show

PHS Announces New Board Members Gabriella Paez and Brett Glowacki

February 25, 2022

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – February 25th, 2022 – The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society announced today that Gabriella Paez and Brett Glowacki have joined PHS’s Board of Directors, with their terms beginning February 2022. 

Gabriella Paez is a community organizer and activist who has dedicated her professional life to encouraging individuals in underserved communities to be changemakers. Gabriella, originally from the Dominican Republic, has called Philadelphia her home for the last 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Eastern University and a Master of Science in non-profit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. Gabriella served as the Education and Community Development Coordinator at Esperanza, a local non-profit, for six years. In her role at Esperanza, she developed and led programs aimed at the revitalization of Hunting Park in North Philadelphia, with a special focus on protecting and enhancing open spaces and the environment. 

Gabriella's work has been recognized with multiple awards including Activist of the Year by SustainPHL, the Rising Star Award by the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, Tree of Fame by TreePhilly, and the Award of Merit by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. She currently serves as a member of the PHS Tree Tenders Advisory and Strategic Oversight Committees and is part of the Community Voices Committee helping draft the Philly Tree Plan, a ten-year plan for the growth and care of Philadelphia's urban forest. 

Brett Glowacki is a Principal in the PwC Transfer Pricing Group in Philadelphia with 15 years of transfer pricing experience, having started as an intern with PwC in 2005. His clients include public and private companies across a variety of sectors, including chemicals, biopharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical, industrial equipment and components, technology, retail, legal firms, and services.  Brett has assisted clients with various facets of transfer pricing, including planning, merger & acquisition due diligence, valuations, compliance, value chain transformation, and tax controversy and dispute resolution, including U.S. and non-U.S. audit defense at the state and federal levels.   

Brett facilitates several global documentation projects and works with various biotech start-ups establishing a U.S. presence with respect to the provision of services and commercial sales. Brett obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of Rhode Island in 2006. Brett also earned an MBA from Villanova University in 2011 with a focus on international business, leadership and team management. In 2017, Brett became an alumnus of Leadership Philadelphia and in 2018 became a Finance Committee member for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. 

“We at PHS are so ecstatic to welcome Gabriella and Brett as new members of the PHS Board of Directors. Their dedication to PHS’s mission is truly admirable, and I have no doubt they will continue to serve as trusted advocates and partners. In their new roles, Gabriella and Brett will support the Board of Directors in guiding the impactful work of PHS throughout the Philadelphia region,” said PHS President Matt Rader. 

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization founded in 1827, uses horticulture to advance the health and well-being of the Greater Philadelphia Region. PHS programs create healthier living environments, increase access to fresh food, expand access to jobs and economic opportunity, and strengthen deeper social connections between people. PHS’s work spans 250 neighborhoods; an expansive network of public gardens and landscapes; year-round learning experiences; and the nation’s signature gardening event, the Philadelphia Flower Show. PHS provides everyone with opportunities to garden for the greater good as a participant, member, donor, or volunteer.