James E. Nevels is Chairman of The Swarthmore Group, a Philadelphia-based investment advisory firm, which he founded in 1991.  Mr. Nevels has nearly 40 years of experience in the securities and investment industry. 

Mr. Nevels serves on the Board of Directors of two public companies –  Alcoa Corporation and WestRock. He is also a member of Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Presidential Advisory Committee, OFR Financial Research Advisory Committee and the Council on Foreign Relations.  

In December 2001, the Governor of Pennsylvania appointed Mr. Nevels as Chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission to oversee the turnaround of the financially distressed Philadelphia School System.  Mr. Nevels served as Chairman until September 2007.  

Mr. Nevels was appointed by President Bush to the Advisory Committee to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in 2004.  He served as Chairman from 2005-2007. Mr. Nevels also served as Chairman (2009-2015) and Lead Independent Director (2015-2017) of The Hershey Company, member of the Board of the Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School, Chair and member of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, member of the Board of XL Group, member of the Board of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, member of the Board of MMG Insurance Company, member of the Board of Tasty Baking Company, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (current emeritus member). 


Lourene Nevels, Ph.D. has spent her professional career as a licensed psychologist in private practice, as Director and Staff Psychologist at the Counseling and Personal Development Center at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and as Adjunct Faculty in Graduate Education and Psychology also at St. Joseph’s.

Lourene is the author and illustrator of A Dog’s Life, published by Dog Ear Publishing in 2011, and Powerful Wisdom: Voices of Distinguished Women Psychotherapists. 

Lourene has also volunteered her time as the President, Docent Council, at the Philadelphia Zoo where she continues to serve as a Docent.  She also currently serves as a Docent at the Barnes Foundation and was a former Docent at the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia. 

Her other interests include watercolor painting, hummingbird husbandry, traveling, reading and writing.