Zachary Wilcha, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Region’s Independence Business Alliance (IBA), discussed his upbringing, professional experience, and recent IBA awards in a recent interview with Philadelphia Magazine’s Ernest Owens.
The IBA is the Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT chamber of commerce. The chamber hired Wilcha at the end of 2016 to take on its first-ever Executive Director position.
Wilcha, originally from a small town outside of Scranton, PA, attended law school at Villanova, in Radnor Township, and has since made the Greater Philadelphia area his home.
Prior careers include Relationship Manager at Habitat for Humanity, Grant Writer for Learning Ally and Project Attorney for Pepper Hamilton LLP. He even worked for OFA-PA Organizing America during the Obama campaign.
“[The IBA] job is incredible, and it was a dream for me to be chosen for it,” said Wilcha in his interview with Owens. “To be in a position where I can help provide opportunities, access, and resources to LGBT-owned businesses and our visible allies has been unbelievable.”
The IBA won two awards earlier this year at a national conference for LGBT chambers, one of which included a $5,000 foundation grant from Wells Fargo.
When asked about plans for the money, Wilcha responded, “we applied for it with the intention of concentrating more on supplier diversity initiatives.”
Owens also inquired about Wilcha’s plans for addressing the minority needs of the LGBTQA community. “As the executive director, I’ve been reaching out to the other minority chambers in town…to develop ways that we can work together,” said Wilcha.
To read Wilcha’s full Philadelphia Magazine interview with Owens, click here.