Our Story

Founded in 2018, Overbrook West Neighbors Community Development Corporation (OWN) is comprised of concerned neighbors, business leaders and stakeholders working together to keep the Overbrook community safe, clean, livable and thriving. Our target area is bordered by 56th Street (east), 63rd Street (west), Lancaster Avenue (north) and Lansdowne Avenue (south).

Our Approach

Overbrook West Neighbors Community Development Corporation (OWN) is focused on enhancing commerce in the Overbrook section of the Lancaster Avenue Corridor, working with residents and stakeholders to improve our quality of life, and serving as the Registered Community Organization (RCO) for our target area.


Meet the Team


Gregory J. Allen, Ph.D.

Founder & President

Dr. Allen is a lifelong resident of the Overbrook neighborhood. He has 30 years of experience delivering on projects that revitalize business corridors and establish housing in low-income communities throughout the region, including The Richard Allen Homes, the Cecil B. Moore community and a number of other neighborhoods throughout North Central Philadelphia, Camden, New Jersey and Chester, PA. Prior to founding OWN, Greg held positions as Director of Foundation & Government Relations at the Vetri Community Partnership and as Director of Development for People for People Charter School, where he fostered numerous, long-term corporate and organizational partnerships, and secured grants to advance educational initiatives. Greg attends church at The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He holds a Bachelor’s of Art in General Arts & Sciences from Penn State University and a Master of Education and a Ph.D. in Psychoeducational Processes from Temple University.

Elaine Gillison

Elaine Gillison

Vice President

Mrs. Elaine Gillison is currently Administrative Assistant in the Executive Offices at The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. Mrs. Gillison has spent the better part of her life in Philadelphia.  She is a proud graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business, holding a BBA in Marketing and a certified Early Childhood Education teacher. Whether parenting, running the Black Women in Sport Foundation, teaching preschoolers at the Overbrook Presbyterian Pre-School and Kindergarten or supporting the clients at M&B Paul, Inc. prestigious automotive dealerships, Elaine has always been committed to improving the lives of all around her as evidenced by 40 years of active involvement with her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Elaine currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Team Up Philly, continues to serve on the Advisory Council for the Mural Arts Program, and current member of the Executive Committee to the Board for MANNA. Elaine is married and the mother of two amazing young women.


Dr. Wesley Proctor


Dr. Wesley Proctor is the Executive Administrator and Youth Pastor of Victory Christian Center, a faith-based organization that describes itself as “The Bedrock of Southwest Philadelphia!” In addition, Dr. Proctor is the Founder and CEO of Wesley Proctor Ministries, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting spiritual and academic excellence and building nonprofit organizational capacity via training and development. A Philadelphia native, he is a proud graduate of George Washington Carver High School of Engineering & Science. Dr. Proctor is the author of three books, and holds degrees from University of Delaware, Temple University and a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stay Connected with OWN!

Subscribe to OWNMail to learn about the good things happening in Overbrook. Please click the "Subscribe" button and complete all spaces in the form. The information you provide will be used to keep you updated with the work of Overbrook West Neighbors via email.