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Posted on January 31, 2022

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Judia Jackson Named Chief People & Culture Officer of

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc.


New position marks the first new hire of the joint organization,

illustrating its dedication to its people and culture


For Immediate Release: Philadelphia, PA (January 31, 2022) – The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. announced today the appointment of Judia Jackson as the organization’s Chief People & Culture Officer, following a national search. This marks the first new hire of the joint performing arts organization, reflecting a dedication to its people.


In her role, Judia will be responsible for ensuring a seamless integration of work cultures and successfully leading the newly formed organization through transition. Simultaneously, she will help to build upon the Human Resource strategies of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. and will collaborate with Vice President of IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Strategies) Doris Parent.


“At the start of the pandemic we pledged to take care of our people and to help Philadelphia thrive. To ensure the performances on our stages continue to have an impact, we must invest in the people who make it all possible,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “We are thrilled to welcome Judia to the senior team as we write the next chapter of our organization.”


A skilled leader in her field, Judia has experience across a wide variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, hospitality, energy, human capital management, retail, technology, and more. She has ties to the Philadelphia region, having worked for the Campbell Soup Company for several years. She has also held roles of increasing responsibility and scope at Siemens Energy, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, and ADP where she supported corporate and operations domestically and internationally.


Judia holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, as well as an MBA from the prominent HBCU, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A&M), and brings expertise in the areas of cultural transformation, DEI&B (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging), and community programs and partnerships. Judia’s first day is January 31, 2022.



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About The Philadelphia Orchestra

About Yannick Nézet-Séguin

About Kimmel Cultural Campus


About Us:

On June 17, 2021, The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Kimmel Cultural Campus announced a pathbreaking partnership to create a brighter, more inclusive, innovative cultural future for Philadelphia: The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. On December 2, 2021, the new organization was formally ratified, and is now reimagining the power of the arts to bring joy, create community, and effect change—to uplift all Philadelphians. We bring the greatest performances and most impactful education and community programs, in-person and digitally, to the diverse audiences of our city and beyond.



Photo: Judia Jackson

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