Board Appointment

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In July 29, 2014
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Bernadine Hawes, a senior research analyst for Community Marketing Concepts, was recently appointed to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology a US Department of Commerce initiative. In a letter from Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, Bernadine is appointed to a three year term to provide thought leaderships for the national MEP network acting to increase the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers through business strategy development, advanced marketing techniques, new product development and supply chain integration.

Bernadine is currently the Chairwoman of the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (, a regional economic development agency responsible for providing top-level growth services to small and medium-size manufacturing companies which realizes more than $188m in value added services to regional manufacturers.  She also serves as Chair Emeritus of the People’s Emergency Center ( which has invested more than $75 million in community development initiatives (affordable housing, environmental sustainability, and business development), is Interim Chair of the PEC Foundation.

Bernadine has had a long career in technology and economic development in Philadelphia. At the University City Science Center (Philadelphia) starting as at the senior-level, she was responsible for administering several national, multi-institutional projects, managing phase IV pharmaceutical studies, and managing federal grants and contracts at the Science Center’s Research Institutes.  As Vice President, she assisted in incubating more than 100 small technology and biotech companies.

She has been a peer reviewer of grants for the US Department of Commerce National Telecommunications Infrastructure Admin, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Bernadine helped architect Pennsylvania’s first technology blueprint, a plan for digital policies for the Commonwealth; has been principal convener for the Pennsylvania Technology Brain Trust, a think tank of small technology businesses organized through the Office of Pa. State Representative W. Curtis Thomas.; and a member of the team to designate the City of Philadelphia’s Avenue of Technology.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Bernadine is a summa cum laude graduate of Lincoln University (Pa). and has a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she has been the national co-chair of Penn’s Black Alumni Society and a founding member of Penn’s Brister Society for Diversity.


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