Posted by: Mary Beth Mueller on May 12, 2021

PRC has announced the appointment of Darren A. Spielman, PhD, as Executive Director of the commonwealth’s oldest grassroots environmental organization effective May 17.

The appointment establishes Dr. Spielman – who possesses 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and education sectors, most recently as Executive Director of the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University Camden – as leader of the statewide nonprofit organization nationally recognized for its expertise in recycling and waste reduction.

“Darren is an accomplished and dynamic nonprofit leader who demonstrates a keen understanding of what it takes to develop and implement a strategic vision,” according to PRC Board President Winnie Branton.  “His ‘people first’ commitment to justice, equity, inclusion and diversity will now extend to bringing together individuals and organizations across the state who are dedicated to environmental protection.”

As Executive Director of PRC, Dr. Spielman will oversee statewide public and private partnerships focused on education, material collection/recycling, watershed protection and litter prevention and oversee staff members based in regional offices in Allegheny County and Delaware County.

“I’m excited to join the team at PRC and start raising the revenue to sustain and grow the organization’s work, which is essential to the well-being of the state,” said Dr. Spielman.

“The Board is excited to welcome Darren as our new Executive Director and confident that PRC will be well positioned under his guidance to thrive in the years to come,” said Ms. Branton.

Dr. Spielman was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife and two children.  He has harbored a lifelong passion for environmental justice.

Since 1939 PRC has worked to protect the Commonwealth’s resources for future generations through environmental education, recycling and waste diversion programs, anti-litter campaigns and much more.  Visit for details. 



Darren Spielman possesses more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and social justice sectors.  Most recently serving as Executive Director of the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University, he has also served as President and CEO of the Philadelphia Education Fund, Vice President of Workforce Development at Philadelphia Youth Network, Executive Director of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, and Director of Adolescent Outreach and Research at Congreso de Latinos Unidos.  As a principal with Rodriguez-Lavergne Consulting, Darren has consulted for prominent research, advocacy, environmental and education organizations in the continental United States and Puerto Rico.

He sits on the Board of Directors of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia and serves as Chair of the Development Committee.  He has also sat on the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Regional Policy Committee, served as Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of The Philadelphia School, and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Public Citizens for Children and Youth.

Darren holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Wesleyan University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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