Who We Are

  • Naomi Sturm-Wijesinghe leads PFP’s day-to-day operations and works collaboratively with the board and staff to advance the organization’s social justice mission and impact through innovative programming. A folklorist and ethnomusicologist by training, Naomi specializes in themes of urban and immigrant folklife, indigenous and mestizo traditions of the Americas, Sri Lankan folk arts and waterlore. Her deeply held belief that local knowledge both sustains communities and advances the quality of urban life, is central to PFP’s approach to folklife in service of social change. 

    Contact: naomi [at] folkloreproject.org 

  • Sinta joined PFP to assist with day-to-day operations and oversees a variety of administrative, clerical, and program support activities.

    Contact: sinta [at] folkloreproject.org

Founder

Debora Kodish was the founder of the Philadelphia Folklore Project, and it’s Director from 1987 through June 2014. Some of her publications on activist approaches to public interest folklore work can be found here, including "Cultivating Folk Arts and Social Change" (Journal of American Folklore, 2013), "Imagining Public Folklore" (Companion to Folklore, 2012), and "Envisioning Folklore Activism" (Journal of American Folklore, 2011). She can be reached at debora.kodish@gmail.com

2018 Board Members

  • Rechelle McJett Beatty
  • Carole Boughter
  • David Eldridge 
  • Sharon Friedler
  • Saundra Gilliard
  • Dr. Fariha Khan
  • Jeannine Osayande
  • Linda Richardson

Teaching Artists

Funders

Barra Foundation
National Endownment for the Arts
Samuel Fels
PECO
Philadelphia Cultural Fund
Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
Wells Fargo
William Penn Foundation
Wyncote