Bonnie Grant

Executive Director

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB)

About Me

Bonnie Grant joined the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) in 2008 as Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress (now PHL Life Sciences), responsible for marketing Greater Philadelphia, ranked one of the largest life sciences sectors in the country. Representing the region’s public, private and academic leaders, members of PHL Life Sciences assist PHLCVB in an advisory capacity to help attract related conventions, meetings and new business to Philadelphia. Bonnie was inducted in 2018 into the Philadelphia Public Relations Hall of Fame. She was named one of the Top 20 Trendsetters in the national meetings industry by Meetings Today magazine (2016) and awarded the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Life Sciences Award in the “Best Consultant” category (2012). She has served on the national board of the Healthcare Convention Exhibitors Association, the Meeting Professional International’s (MPI) MD advisory council and the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Medical Meetings Task Force. She is a current board member of the Philadelphia chapter of PCMA, PPRA (past president), the Sylvia and Randle Kauders Foundation (Secretary) and iPraxis (promoting STEM education), as well as the Hospitality Corporate Council for Broad Street Ministry. Bonnie served for 11 years in municipal government, including nine as Deputy City Representative under the administrations of Mayors Edward G. Rendell and John F. Street, charged with promoting Philadelphia as a world-class destination, and two years in the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation. She has also served as director of communications and spokesperson for Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition; the Philadelphia Eagles; Chestnut Hill College, Chestnut Hill Academy and Spring Garden College. She is an advocate for cancer awareness and is past board member of the Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health (Secretary), The Wellness Community of Philadelphia (now The Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia), and a planning committee member of Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia, an annual event that raises awareness for colon cancer. A writer and actor in local and regional theater, Bonnie has also served on the boards of Plays and Players Theater and Random Acts of Theater. She holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art and a Master’s in Journalism from Temple University.

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