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West Laurel Hill and Laurel Hill Boards Appoint Nancy Goldenberg as New President and CEO

West Laurel Hill and Laurel Hill Boards Appoint Nancy Goldenberg as New President and CEO

BALA CYNWYD, PA – January 2018 – West Laurel Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home and Laurel Hill Cemetery are pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Goldenberg as its new President and CEO. Nancy, who began at the start of 2018, succeeds Pete Hoskins, who served in this role for the past eight years, until his decision to retire.

“The legacy of our Founder, John Jay Smith, is significantly enhanced by our appointment of Nancy Goldenberg,” said Martin Heckscher, Chair of the West Laurel Hill Cemetery Company. “Nancy brings enormous public and business experience to lead our mission as leaders among the nation’s finest historic cemeteries.”

“All of us associated with Laurel Hill are delighted by Nancy’s appointment,” said Wilson Smith, Chair of the Laurel Hill Cemetery Company Board. “The breadth of her professional experience and service to the community, coupled with her commitment to quality and growth is critical for the future of our organization.”

Of this new position, Nancy has taken on her role as President and CEO with pride and a vision for growth and development. “For me, this role to lead West Laurel Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home and Laurel Hill Cemetery, as well as provide oversight to the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, not only weaves together my professional experiences and my personal interests, but also rouses my passion for the green, open spaces and the many unique assets that make Philadelphia and the region so special. I am looking forward to working with and leading a team of caring professionals and insightful civic leaders who have positioned us as a model organization in an industry that continues to evolve.”

Nancy inherits this position with over 35 years of experience in public and non-profit organizations throughout the Philadelphia region. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Affairs from The George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Her previous work experience includes but is not limited to Executive Director for the Center City District Foundation, Vice President of Planning & Development for Center City District, Chief of Staff for the PA Horticultural Society, and Assistant Township Manager for Lower Merion Township.

Regarding the induction of the new President, Pete Hoskins, former CEO & President said, “Having known and worked with Nancy for over 30 years I am personally delighted to see her as my successor. West Laurel Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home and Laurel Hill Cemetery will surely continue to thrive under her leadership.”

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About West Laurel Hill Cemetery

Incorporated in 1869, the historic West Laurel Hill Cemetery is a privately-owned, non-profit, non-denominational cemetery, a 187-acre arboretum and an outdoor sculpture garden rich in cultural and social history. We offer one location for all your funeral and cemetery needs including monuments/engraving, an onsite crematory, chapels, reception areas and Jewish and green burial and funeral services. West Laurel Hill Funeral Home is located on the grounds of the Cemetery, 225 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA. To learn more about West Laurel Hill, visit

About Laurel Hill Cemetery

Laurel Hill is America’s first National Historic Landmark Cemetery, boasting art, architecture, nature and stunning river views. This final resting place of numerous historic notables is open daily with free admission for self-guided tours or recreation. Joggers, dog walkers, bicyclists and photographers are welcome. Unique public tours and events are offered throughout the year, with all proceeds benefitting the preservation and educational mission of Laurel Hill Cemetery. For more information visit