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Power Moves: These 5 Philadelphians are starting 2019 with new leadership gigs

Anthony Maher is leaving 1776, Keenan Corrigan moved up at Venture for America and more big changes. Plus, make a power move of your own at our yearly “Super Bowl of jobs.”

Keenan Corrigan of Venture for America speaks at an event. (Courtesy photo)

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Anthony Maher, the former co-CEO of 1776 and most recently its chief growth officer, has resigned his position at the coworking and startup incubation company ahead of a new position with a Philly commercial real estate firm.

Maher, a former soccer pro, said in an email to the 1776 team that he will become president and partner at University Place Associates, a firm started by real estate developer Scott Mazo. The two companies have ties by way of 1776’s West Philly spot at 2.0 University Place, a building developed (and later sold) by Mazo’s firm.

“I will still remain involved as a 1776 board advisor, and of course, as a major cheerleader,” Maher said in an email to 1776 staff. “[Jennifer Maher, the company’s CEO and Anthony’s sister-in-law] and I have discussed this transition at length, along with the executive team, and we are excited for the future and the natural evolution of this entire process.”

Maher cofounded coworking company Benjamin’s Desk with brother Mike Maher (now CEO of real estate tech Houwzer) and Mike’s wife Jennifer Maher in 2014. The company merged with D.C.-based incubator 1776, retaining the name of the latter, in October 2017. Jennifer and Anthony shared CEO responsibilities until 2018, when she became sole lead of the organization.

“Over the years, [Anthony] has been a valued member of the executive team and strong advocate for entrepreneurs and founders, which I’m positive will continue as he focuses on a new opportunity exclusively in Philadelphia to minimize his travel while focusing on his family,” the CEO said.


The fact that Philly was the most successful market of nonprofit Venture for America served in Keenan Corrigan’s favor.

The former Philly director for the organization has a new job with the national leadership, though she’ll remain based out of Philadelphia. Now a director of fellow and alumni engagement, she’ll focus on building out the fellowship program and thinking through resources it provides fellows as they spend a year working at up and coming companies around the country.

“In my former role I was responsible for building relationships with employers and supporting local fellows,” Corrigan said. “Working with them and connecting them to opportunities was one of the more rewarding parts of the job. Now I’m going to be more focused on alumni support in a national level.”

Corrigan began her role in November, with Alison Garber — former director of strategic philanthropy and volunteer engagement at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia — joining the team as Philadelphia director.


Keriton founder Vidur Bhatnagar resigned as CEO of the breast milk management company at the end of August. Now, he’s kicking off the new year with a both physical and metaphorical move: The Penn grad has relocated to San Francisco and joined Slalom Consulting.

In a LinkedIn post, the towering Indian immigrant (and avid basketball player) announced he’ll be joining the firm’s cross-market data and analytics team “to lead the charge on a stealth product line.”


Though he’s staying in Philly until July, by August, Dr. David Hindin — a vlogger and chief resident at Temple University — will be relocating to Palo Alto, Calif. to join Stanford’s Biodesign Innovation Fellowship program.

“I’m most interested in learning the skills and expertise of the Biodesign process so that I can leverage them for an innovation-based career in medicine alongside my clinical work as a surgeon,” Hindin said. “I hope to be able to lead innovation ventures, either within the hospital setting or something different.

“The other goal of course, is to be able to help create exciting new technology during my year in the program,” he said, “but that part is still a bit of a black box until I get started, meet my team, and learn which healthcare sector we’ll be working in.”


One more person who might be making moves in 2019? Well, maybe that’s you.’s annual job fair is back for its 2019 edition, will be held at Fishtown’s The Fillmore Philadelphia on Feb. 26.

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