Marwan Kreidie has spent the majority of his professional career in public service. He is a dedicated and accomplished community organizer and public official, and has been affecting change in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania for over 30 years.
While he was born in New York, Marwan spent the majority of his formative years in Beirut, Lebanon. At 15 years of age, Marwan’s family had to flee Lebanon due to a civil war, and returned to the United States in the Philadelphia area. The change in cultures he experienced, as well as the challenges he and his family faced upon arriving, made Marwan sensitive to the struggles of marginalized citizens from an early age. Marwan attended Drew University for his undergraduate studies, and returned to Philadelphia for his graduate studies at Temple University.
Professionally, Marwan has affected public change in both partisan and non-partisan capacities. He was a delegate candidate for both Rev. Jesse Jackson and Bill Clinton, and has worked in the transition teams for Gov. Wolf, and Philadelphia Mayors Michael Nutter and Jim Kenney. Marwan is an expert in civil service reform and implementation. He served as Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Civil Service Commission from 1996-2004, and in 2004 was nominated by Gov. Ed Rendell and confirmed by the PA State Senate to serve as Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission for a 6 year term.
In a testament to his dual Arab-American and German-American roots, Marwan serves on the board of the German Society of Pennsylvania and is the founding member and Executive Director of the Arab-American Community Development Corporation (AACDC). For his work with the latter, Marwan received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership award, among others. In 2017, with Marwan at its helm, AACDC was able to develop 45 units of affordable housing in the South Kensington Area. Marwan is also a founding member of PICC (Philadelphia Immigration and Citizenship Coalition) and United Voices, a group that empowers and advocates for new Americans in Philadelphia. Marwan is also a member of the APSCUF (Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties) union.
Marwan is married to Monika Kreidie, who works in Development at Philadelphia’s Turning Points for Children, and has 3 children, ages 20, 18, and 16. All of his children attended Philadelphia public schools. He and his family hope that the next stage of Marwan’s career will be as Philadelphia’s first Arab-American City Commissioner, where he will continue to serve the city he loves with integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness.