Bovaird Nevins

Anne Bovaird Nevins

Senior Advisor

Background & Experience

Anne Bovaird Nevins is a senior economic and community development executive with nearly two decades of experience in the field. Anne currently serves as Director of Economic Development with Accelerator for America (AFA), a national nonprofit organization that finds and develops solutions to drive equitable economic and community development and shares them with cities to create national change from the ground up. Accelerator for America is led by an Advisory Council comprising mayors, corporate and non-profit executives, and labor leaders from across the U.S.

Prior to joining AFA, Anne served as President of PIDC, Philadelphia’s official economic development corporation, founded by the City and Chamber of Commerce more than 60 years ago with the mission to spur investment, support business growth, and foster developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and drive inclusive growth to every corner of Philadelphia. Anne held a variety of leadership roles over 16 years with the organization, including leading PIDC throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anne’s leadership was integral to Philadelphia’s efforts to respond to the pandemic, restart the economic momentum of the city, and position Philadelphia to recharge and reimagine the city’s economic future. Under her leadership, PIDC deployed over $71 million in COVID-19 relief to more than 5,200 small businesses – serving more businesses over these past two years than the organization had in the prior 40 years. Over 65% of the COVID-19 small business relief dollars through PIDC were delivered to minority-owned enterprises.

Anne also ensured that PIDC advanced critical, long-term priorities to drive equitable and inclusive economic growth in Philadelphia. During her tenure, PIDC invested more than $32 million in 16 commercial and mixed-use projects led by developers of color throughout Philadelphia. Anne also oversaw the selection of Ensemble/Mosaic as the new development partner for 109 acres at the Navy Yard, which will deliver $2.5 billion of investment, more than 4.5 million square feet of commercial and retail development, more than 4,000 units of residential development, and represents an unprecedented commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Under Anne’s leadership, PIDC recently announced the search for a new development partner for the Lower Schuylkill Biotech Campus to develop 40 riverfront acres in Southwest Philadelphia that will catalyze inclusive economic growth.

Anne has served as co-chair of the Racism and Economic Development Committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), co-managed Philadelphia’s Amazon HQ2 bid, and created PIDC and Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philadelphia’s partnership on the future of work and its impact on industrial and commercial land.

From 1999 to 2001, Anne served in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs, which is responsible for coordination between the President and all cabinet agencies. She then joined the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and managed the logistical and hospitality arrangements for all U.S. dignitaries attending the Olympics. Anne then managed corporate sponsorships for the Kimmel Center, the regional performing arts center in Philadelphia. She next served as Director of Development for Historic Philadelphia, Inc. and raised substantial funds to renovate Franklin Square, an 8-acre urban park in the center of Philadelphia’s historic district. Anne has a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives with her family in the Tampa, FL region.

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic Development
  • Community Development
  • Small Business Finance
  • Business Attraction and Retention
  • Inclusive Growth Strategies
  • Real Estate