Dear IMS Community,

The Board of Independence Mission Schools (IMS) is pleased to announce the selection of Gianna D’Angelo to serve as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization effective July 1, 2023.

Gianna joined IMS in January 2021 as chief financial and operations officer and since her start has made tremendous impact on the network. As President and CEO Gianna will build on the successes that IMS has experienced and lead the organization as it enters its second decade of delivering affordable and impactful Catholic education, positively changing lives of the 4,000 students in its 14 schools across greater Philadelphia.

This selection will also provide management continuity that enables the organization to continue forward without disruption. In addition, current President and CEO Bruce Robinson has agreed to continue with the organization focusing on completing the $50 million fundraising goal of the strategic plan.

Gianna’s wealth of organizational experience, formerly as a principal in the management consulting division at KPMG, and as partner at IBM, makes her an exceptional choice to lead IMS. She is a proven leader, strategic-thinker, mentor, collaborator, and, importantly, committed to the belief that every child should have the same opportunity for a quality education that she had at our own St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in South Philadelphia.

“I could not be more excited to welcome Gianna D’Angelo as the new leader of Independence Mission Schools,” said Brian McElwee, chair of the IMS board. “In her two years with the organization she has had an enormous impact. Gianna is an established professional with proven success in a myriad of settings. IMS is very fortunate to be the beneficiary of her commitment to making a difference in children’s lives.”

Gianna will work collaboratively with the dedicated IMS community including the board of directors, staff and leadership, and external partners and constituents to position IMS for its long-term sustainability and continued achievement. She will ensure the mission remains consistent, offering families of all faiths and income levels the opportunity for their children to learn and grow in a culture of love, setting them on the path to a promising future.

The board would also like to thank Bob Vitalo of Carney Sandoe & Associates who assisted the organization through this succession process.


The IMS Board of Directors