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Bill Golderer

Senior Fellow; Founder, Broad Street Ministry; Co-Founder, Rooster Soup Company; Senior Pastor, Arch Street Presbyterian Church

Bill Golderer is a pastor, serial social-impact founder, committed citizen and trusted convener.  In the last decade, he driven collaboration across the sectors of faith, education, nonprofit, government, performing and visual arts and the private sector to make the Philadelphia region more faithful, generous and just.  Bill is the Founder of Broad Street Ministry in Center City Philadelphia which enables cross-sector collaboration to lift people out of homelessness and hopelessness.  He is also a Co-Founder of the Rooster Soup Company, the nation’s first for profit, crowd-funded social impact restaurant that will create jobs and return revenue to Philadelphia’s most impoverished citizens.  In 2008, Bill became the Senior Pastor of the Arch Street Presbyterian Church, one of Philadelphia’s fastest growing and most diverse and dynamic congregations.  As part of his ministry there, Bill spearheaded the creation of Arch Street Preschool. This unique preschool’s mission is to deliver excellent and equitable educational readiness to Philadelphia’s children regardless of their family’s income. Several of the ministry models Bill developed are currently being replicated as several cities pursue efforts to foster new approaches to “wicked” social problems.  Concerned with the corrosive and divisive state of our politics, Bill ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives having never before run for any elective office. Bill has authored a number of articles and op-eds, contributed to several books, and has been a commentator for Huffington PostCNN, NBC, and The History Channel.  Bill continues to lecture and teach coursework at institutions including Princeton Theological Seminary, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and is now a Senior Fellow at the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.  Bill serves on several governing and advisory boards of arts, social service, and social innovation organizations in the Philadelphia area. In 2010, he was named as one of Philadelphia's 101 Trusted Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu