The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) has named Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller shareholder John Summers the new Chair of its Board of Directors.
Summers is shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Department and also serves as the firm’s legal counsel. His practice includes complex commercial litigation including health care, ERISA, professional malpractice and misconduct, construction, employment, intellectual property, and general business cases.
Summers has served on TRF’s Board of Directors for more than a dozen years. In this capacity, he has been a valuable advisor as TRF has grown to become a leading national innovator in the financing of neighborhood and economic revitalization. Summers’ appointment as TRF’s Board Chair comes on the heels of recent leadership changes within TRF. Last September, TRF’s Board of Directors named Donald Hinkle-Brown as TRF’s President and Chief Executive Officer, formally succeeding founder Jeremy Nowak, who stepped down in June to head the William Penn Foundation.
In addition to his involvement with TRF, Summers is involved in many professional organizations including the American Law Institute, and formerly served as the Treasurer and Secretary of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. He currently is the East Coast Solicitor to the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, where he counsels judges of the court of Common Pleas on ethics matters raised by the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board. From 1999 to 2004, Summers also served as a Member and then Chair of a hearing panel of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He was also the President of the Philadelphia Bar Education Center, a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board of Governors and Professional Guidance Committee, and Chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee. Summers currently serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization that seeks the exoneration and release from prison of those who have been wrongfully convicted.
Summers graduated in 1984 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and was awarded the Mark E. Lefever Prize for Law and Economics. He received his BA, magna cum laude, from Wesleyan University in 1980. From 1984 to 1986, Summers served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas N. O’Neill, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
About The Reinvestment Fund:
The Reinvestment Fund is a national leader in rebuilding America’s distressed towns and cities, through the innovative use of capital and information. TRF has invested over $1 billion in Mid-Atlantic communities since 1985. A CDFI, TRF finances housing, community facilities, food access, commercial real estate and energy efficiency projects. It also provides public policy expertise by helping clients create actionable solutions and by sharing data and analysis via www.PolicyMap.com. To date, TRF has financed $207.5 million in support of 68 charter schools that together serve over 31,700 students. To learn more about TRF, visit www.trfund.com.