Jeff Hornstein, who worked in the Philadelphia controller’s office for the last five years, has been named the new executive director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. Hornstein replaces Steve Wray, who left the Economy League last summer after 11 years in its top post and another 11 years prior to that overseeing its policy and research work.
Hornstein comes to the Philadelphia-based organization with a diverse background that, he said, gives him a unique perspective when trying to tackle some of the business development, workforce and infrastructure issues facing the 11-county region.
“It melds everything that I have done,” Hornstein said.
After earning a doctoral degree in U.S. history and business and economic history, he spent nearly a decade in the labor movement. Hornstein was first with the American Federation of Teachers and then went on to become an organizing coordinator for the Service Employees International Union. There, he focused on organizing janitors and security guards working in commercial properties throughout Philadelphia.