Marian Moskowitz, Vice-Chair
Marian Moskowitz was elected to the Chester County Board of Commissioners in November 2019 and was sworn in as Chair of the Board in January 2020. In her role as Chair, she has led the county through the COVID-19 pandemic. During this unprecedented time, she prioritized getting vaccines and testing to the county’s most vulnerable population and underserved. Marian served as Chair of the Board of Commissioners from 2020 to 2023. In 2023 Marian was re-elected to the Board of Commissioners and is presently serving as Vice-Chair.
In her role as a county commissioner, she has made environmental issues a top priority by charging the Chester County Environmental and Energy Advisory Board with establishing a Climate Action Plan which was adopted in October 2021. The County signed a renewable electric supply purchase agreement to offset 100% of our electric supply. In March 2021 the County of Chester was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Green Power Partner.
Improving and increasing transportation options is a key focus for Marian. She presently serves as a board member of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and helped spearhead the creation of the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority (SRPRA) which will oversee and implement the restoration of passenger rail service between Reading and Philadelphia, with stops in Pottstown and Phoenixville. This Authority is supported with equal representation and funding from Berks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties.
Another initiative that Marian is passionate about is the Zero Waste Plan that the Chester County Solid Waste Authority launched in 2021. This initiative is focused on minimizing the amount of waste produced at the source.
Open Space Preservation
Chester County is well known for its open space preservation program. As of December 2021, Chester County has preserved 30.2% or roughly 144,000 acres as open space. The county’s massive trail system encourages outdoor activity which is important for keeping the 555,741 thousand residents healthy.
Prior to becoming a county commissioner, Marian was an entrepreneur. Her local businesses have been in the areas of cosmetics, trucking (repair, sales, and long-haul trucking) and retail. Internationally, she was CEO of a mobile kiosk company, which imported and exported products to and from North and Central America.
Marian has been working diligently on the revitalization of Phoenixville Borough for the last 20 years with other community members. The Borough lost its main job center in the late 1970’s when it was a working steel town. With the community’s intense focus and hard work, Phoenixville has become a vibrant place to live and work. As a commissioner she continues to work on the revitalization of the county’s Urban Center and the City of Coatesville.
Marian is excited to work on economic development issues as a county commissioner especially in areas struggling with low income and those affected by job loss and/or transportation needs. Marian enjoys thinking outside the box when approaching these types of complex issues.
Marian is well-known for the adapted reuse of an old manufacturing facility in Phoenixville. Marian and her husband purchased “Franklin Commons” a 225,000 sq. ft. abandoned industrial building that now houses multiple educational facilities, businesses, and various community institutions, most of which are owned and run by women. Purchased in 2006, it is now a vibrant educational and mixed-use complex. It was named “Best Mixed-Use Project of 2011” by the Philadelphia Business Journal and “Best Land Use Project of 2011” by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Mairan is extremely proud of Franklin Commons creating over 450 jobs and has offered opportunities for new entrepreneurs to start businesses in the building. In 2008, Marian installed solar panels on the south facing roof overlooking over the garden to help offset the tenants’ utility cost for the buildings common area.
In her spare time, Marian enjoys mentoring business owners and has put considerable effort into helping women owned small businesses. She has mentored and helped financially with reduced rents and the drafting of business plans until the business owners became successful.
Marian has been involved in her community for the last 35 years. She currently serves on the following boards: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Board Member; The Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority (SRPRA), Vice-Chair; West Chester University, Council of Trustees; Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE); Chester County Economic Development Council; most recently appointed to the board of the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVFTMA). Marian recently served on Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parkers transition team. In 2015 she was named to the Boards of the Delaware River Port Authority andPort Authority Transit Company (PATCO) by Governor Tom Wolf and served until 2017. Marian has also served on the Boards of Neumann University, Colonial Theater, People’s Light Theater, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, Chair of the Jewish Federation of Chester County and has been a board member of the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind for over 30 years.
Marian has been married to her husband Dave for 39 years. She has 2 children, 3 stepchildren and 5 grandchildren and resides in Malvern, with her beloved dog Lucca. Marian loves to travel and has traveled extensively around the world both for business and pleasure. She loves to cook, read, walk, and spend time with her children and grandchildren.