About The Council
Founded in 1975 by neighbors with mutual care and compassion for the East Falls area, the council began as an events committee. While it still serves this long held tradition, the all-volunteer council has become much, much more. Members also publish our neighborhood newspaper, The East Falls NOW, and they serve East Falls as a Recognized Community Organization (RCO) representing the zoning and traffic concerns of East Falls to the city of Philadelphia. Additionally, EFCC is a registered charitable foundation (501c3) that works in close collaboration with a network of volunteer-based organizations throughout the neighborhood. East Falls Community Council's highest purpose is to advocate for the improved quality of life for every East Falls resident.
Emily purchased her first (and she says last) home in East Falls in August of 2008. Having lived in multiple Philadelphia neighborhoods, many cities, states, and a couple countries, Emily has been a devout Philadelphian since 1998. She joined EFCC in 2011 and served on the Zoning Committee. In 2015, she joined the Executive Committee as a Member at -large and was elected President of EFCC in October of 2020. Emily is on the board of the East Falls Development Corporation and an active member of East Falls Presbyterian Church. Emily’s professional career spans 20+ years in tourism, hospitality and events, including working on high profile events for countless pop stars, a few Presidents, and one Pope.
Hilary has chaired the Zoning Committee since October 2020. He moved to the neighborhood in 1982 and brought up 3 daughters who attended KenCrest Daycare, Mifflin and Central High Schools. He is an architect who has built design projects, which range from national retail and housing developments, NFL stadiums, and recently vaccine research & development laboratories. A member of Vesper Boat Club, serving as its President from 1994-98 and current board member, he is an advocate for access and enjoyment of the Schuylkill River and its protection.
Pattie moved to East Falls in September 2020 after living 10 years in Fairmount. She is a Human Resources professional working with Comcast, Cigna, and earlier with start-up companies. Her events experience includes HR leadership development, employee engagement, and volunteer work. Pattie is also an animal advocate serving on the Board of Women’s Animal Center and volunteering with ACCT Philly. She is a graduate of Lehigh and Moravian Universities. In addition, Pattie enjoys some adventure, recently returning from Kenyan safari and skydiving in East Stroudsburg. She enjoys visiting family in Green Bay, WI, gardening, and spending time with friends. Pattie lives with her 2 rescue dogs, Izzie and Bruno.
Joe is a longtime resident of East Falls, and was a consulting actuary working in the private pension field for many years. He designed, consulted, administered, and terminated defined benefit pension plans. He also held a similar position for for-profit sharing (thrift) plans and 401(k) plans. Joe has been retired since 2006, and is the treasurer for both the East Falls Community Council and for the East Falls Village.
Recording & Correspondence Secretary
Scott has lived in East Falls since 2018, first a renter and now as a homeowner. He has been teaching college-level writing for nearly a decade and currently holds teaching and student support positions at DCCC and La Salle U. Scott has been serving as the Recording & Correspondence Secretary since spring of 2021. He also dodders in his small backyard garden, plays soccer badly most Wednesdays at McDevitt field, and commutes by bicycle as much as he can.