Adam Podowitz-ThomasManko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP, AssociateMore
Adam is an environmental attorney at Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP. He, his husband, and his daughter live in Lower Merion Township, where his husband is a college professor. Prior to working at his current position, Adam clerked for Judge Magdeline Coleman of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Judge James Wynn of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Adam also spent a year working in-house at the University of North Carolina and three years at Latham & Watkins, LLP in San Francisco.
He went to law school at Stanford, where he was editor-in-chief of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and president of the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation. He is also an alum of the University of Georgia, where he was a Foundation Fellow and received the Pillar of the Arch Award. Beyond Georgia and California, Adam has also called North Carolina and Germany home.
Outside of work, Adam is chair of the board for Philadelphia Family Pride, an LGBTQ parent organization serving the greater Philadelphia region. He has also dedicated his free time to advocating on behalf of individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS, as a sexual health counselor at AIDS Athens in Northeast Georgia, in the immigration context working on behalf of asylum seekers, and as a board member of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel in San Francisco. His passions include educational reform, travel, cooking, and spending time with the love of his life, his daughter.
Akbar HossainMorgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, AssociateMore
Akbar is an attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he advises clients in diverse areas including complex commercial disputes, government investigations, and white-collar litigation. In his pro bono practice, Akbar represents immigrants seeking asylum in the United States and low-income tenants in eviction proceedings.
Akbar has previously interned for the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, and served as a Truman-Albright Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has been recognized nationally as a Harry S. Truman Scholar and as a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship. Akbar’s work has been featured on CNN, NPR, Huffington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY News, and many other media outlets.
Akbar is interested in refugee and asylum policies, revitalizing low-income communities, and developing opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Akbar has been appointed by the Norristown Municipal Council to serve on its Planning Commission and is also involved with several local non-profit organizations. While at law school, Akbar helped found the First Generation Professionals group, an organization for students who are from a working class or lower-income background that seeks to foster community, mentoring, and networking opportunities.
Akbar is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.Less
Brian BalduzziWilmington Trust Company, Executive Associate, Fiduciary Innovation & Wealth StrategiesMore
Brian Balduzzi is an innovator and trusted advisor in the wealth management, financial planning, and fiduciary industries. In his current role with Wilmington Trust, Brian manages the innovation of the fiduciary and wealth planning teams through operational, technological, strategic, and financial efficiencies and development. Previously, Brian practiced as a tax and estate planning attorney in the Greater Boston area and worked as a kindergarten teacher.
Outside of work, Brian serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Involved Philadelphia, the Young Leaders Council of the Walnut Street Theatre, and the Publications Committee of the National Estate Planning Council. He has also served as a theatre critic for the American Theatre Critics Association; on the board of directors for the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, Weston Friendly Society of Performing Arts, and SpeakOut (LGBTQ speakers bureau); and as an adjunct tax and business law professor.
Brian was previously named a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow and Johnson Leadership Fellow at Cornell University, and Altarescu Public Interest Fellow at Boston University. He is also a published scholar in the areas and intersection of financial literacy, tax law, LGBTQ, and wealth management. He is a passionate leader for improving communities in diversity and cultural inclusion, financial and economic literacy and well-being, and artistic expression and communication.
Brian holds an M.B.A. and Minor in Real Estate from Cornell University; a J.D. and Tax LL.M. from Boston University; and a B.A. in English, Secondary Education, and Theatre. He is admitted to the New York and Massachusetts bars and before the U.S. Tax Court, holds his CFP® certification, and is working to obtain his CPA licensure and an M.S. in Financial Engineering.Less
Brooke RothmanChildren's Hospital of Philadelphia, Senior Advisor, Patient & Family ExperienceMore
Brooke Rothman is a Senior Advisor in the Patient & Family Experience Division at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She translates patient and family feedback into initiatives that aim to improve the patient and family experience across CHOP. Brooke was previously a Research Associate at Branch Associates, where she conducted qualitative research and evaluation for social programs implemented by nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies. She also worked at PolicyLab at CHOP as a clinical research coordinator for studies that investigated barriers to healthcare access for Philadelphia families.
Brooke has proudly lived in Philadelphia for over 10 years and grew up nearby in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) and has recently begun serving her neighborhood as a Fairmount Civic Association Representative to the Fairmount Community Development Corporation Board. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s degree from McGill University.Less
Carlos Adolfo GonzalezACLAMO Family Centers, Associate DirectorMore
Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez is currently the Associate Director of ACLAMO Family Centers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing social services and educational programs to Latinos and other low-income residents in Norristown and Pottstown. As a beneficiary of DACA, his commitment to justice and service is rooted in his experience living undocumented.
After college, Carlos explored diverse approaches to stimulate social change working at the grassroots, within the government, and in the nonprofit sector. He mobilized unlikely voters to affirm raising the minimum wage in Illinois before drafting a federal policy to facilitate immigrant integration at the U.S. House of Representatives. He then resettled Cuban parolees at Church World Service. He also led advocacy efforts for the Pennsylvania DREAM Act and coordinated the first statewide conference of undocumented youth in Pennsylvania.
Propelled by curiosity and a desire to broaden his perspective, Carlos participated in graduate programs that took him across the world. The election of Donald Trump heightened the risks of international travel for DACA recipients. Mindful that leadership requires courage, Carlos chose to continue his studies as act of resistance. From abroad, he authored opinion pieces in the New York Times, The Conversation, and Mitú challenging the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant policies. He also shared his story in a national CNBC documentary to inspire the general public to action.
Upon returning to Pennsylvania, Carlos worked diligently to increase access to legal services for undocumented immigrants, build immigrant leadership, and civically engage new citizens as the Statewide Capacity Building Coordinator at the Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition.
Carlos is the only undocumented American appointed to serve in public roles in Pennsylvania. He serves on the Lancaster City Redevelopment Authority, the Lancaster City Property Reinvestment Board, and the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, the commonwealth’s leading advocacy body for its one million Latino residents.
He holds an Associates of Arts in Social Sciences from Harrisburg Area Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies from Amherst College. He also holds a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and a Master of Management Sciences from Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar.
Carlos is originally from the Dominican Republic and was raised in Lancaster, PA. When in need of a respite from politics, Carlos enjoys photography, traveling, and dancing to various genres of Latino music.Less
Danie BendeskyRebecca for Philadelphia, Political and Finance DirectorMore
Danie Bendesky is the Political and Finance Director for Rebecca for Philadelphia. In this position, she is solely responsible for all political activity and fundraising efforts for Rebecca Rhynhart, who is the first woman City Controller in Philadelphia’s history. Danie is driven by her desire to increase the number of women in office and the diversity of our elected officials.
Danie graduated from the University of Rochester in 2016 with a degree in Psychology. During her time at Rochester, she spent three years working in Psychology research labs in a variety of capacities. She still uses this scientific approach to inform her professional life and in her approach to problem-solving.
Danie loves all things Philadelphia and is a Truster of the Process. She considers herself a Restaurant Week connoisseur and is determined to sample every food-based happy hour within city limits.Less
Debby DerricksVMC, Director of DevelopmentMore
Debby is a Leadership Philadelphia Fellow. She currently serves as Membership Chair of Philly SHRM. She received her dual Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Psychology from New York University and dabbled in graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. If given the opportunity to boast, she will absolutely mention her most beloved pit bull, Kennedy.
Elizabeth HeurichFranciscan Volunteer Ministry, Associate DirectorMore
Lizzy Heurich was born in Philadelphia, but raised in Cary, NC. Lizzy returned back to the Philadelphia area to attend college at Villanova University. In 2013, she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, a minor in Environmental Studies, and a concentration in Peace and Justice.
Instead of entering directly into the workforce, Lizzy decided to first do a year of service through the Augustinian Volunteers. Lizzy served as the Coordinator for Weekly Service and Volunteerism at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, where she connected college students to local volunteer opportunities within the community at organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club.
During her time at Merrimack, Lizzy developed a love for working with college-aged students. After her year, she moved back down South to earn her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. During her time as a graduate student, Lizzy worked in both Housing, Dining, and Residence Life at Duke University and in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes at NC State. Lizzy also spent a summer interning for New Student Orientation at Metropolitan State University of Denver in Colorado.
Lizzy returned to Philadelphia in the summer of 2016 and has been serving as the Associate Director for Franciscan Volunteer Ministry (FVM) since then. FVM is a year-long service program that places volunteers in Philadelphia, PA; SIlver Spring, MD; and Durham, NC. Volunteers serve in placements such as soup kitchens, schools, and prisons. Lizzy’s primary job responsibility is volunteer recruitment. She has increased the number of relationships with colleges and universities by 60 percent. This has led to the doubling of the amount of volunteers participating in the program.
After the 2016 election, Lizzy could not sit on the sidelines any longer. Lizzy has been an active member of the Swing Left PA-01 chapter for the last 18 months, where she has gone from novice canvasser to leading them. In this time, Lizzy has reignited her passion for politics, specifically for electing progressive politicians. She is looking forward to being an NLC Fellow in order to grow her knowledge of policy and campaign management.
When Lizzy has a free moment, she enjoys going on runs and hikes, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, and watching Villanova basketball with friends.Less
Emily SchulmanNorth HighlandMore
Emily Schulman is currently a Public Sector Consultant at North Highland, where she enables state and local government agencies to better fulfill their missions by increasing their efficiency and effectiveness. Emily’s interests lie in the power of local government to most directly stem the tide of systemic poverty. As a consultant, Emily is expanding her skills in project management, process improvement and data analysis.
In 2016, Emily moved to Philadelphia to pursue a dual Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Science in Education Policy from the University of Philadelphia. During her graduate studies, Emily interned in the Superintendent's Office of the Philadelphia School District and in the Managing Directors Office of the City of Philadelphia, focusing specifically on the Mayor’s workforce development initiative. Both opportunities offered insights into the possibilities of highly functioning government entities. Also, while at Penn, Emily worked as a fellow with ImpactEd, conducting impact evaluation for local Philadelphia organizations, furthering her quantitative and qualitative evaluation skills.
Emily’s professional background is in education, having worked for three years at the Flamboyan Foundation, an education foundation seeking to improve educational outcomes for D.C.’s students through effective family engagement. This research-based approach leverages the power of the parent-teacher relationship to realize real academic gains for students. Emily is most proud of her work instituting a train-the-trainer model, equipping practitioners to train other teachers on family engagement strategies, expanding the foundation’s sustainability and impact. Emily continues to abide by the foundational motto of effective family engagement: “no one cares what you know, until they know that you care.”
Emily graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2012 with a B.A. in Public Policy, and is a proud AmeriCorps alumnus, having served a year with DC SCORES, the largest after school service provider in Washington, D.C.
Ernest OwensErnest Media Empire, LLC, CEOMore
Ernest Owens is an award-winning journalist and columnist for Philadelphia Magazine and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC. Ernest covers a variety of social issues regarding race, LGBTQ, and pop culture. As an openly black gay journalist, he has made headlines for speaking frankly about intersectional issues in society. In July 2016, he made a viral Tweet calling out superstar Justin Timberlake during the BET Awards. The tweet got a response from Timberlake that prompted a nationwide discussion on cultural appropriation. For the past two years, his extensive reporting on racism in the LGBTQ community has gotten national attention as he revealed acts of racial discrimination in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood. His coverage was cited by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations as reviving a decades long issue in the community that finally led to local government intervention, an anti-discrimination bill being unanimously passed, and the city's pride rainbow flag to now include black and brown stripes to acknowledge racial inclusion.
At 27 years old, Ernest has already used his wide media platform to spread awareness on several important issues. He's a proud graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied communication and public service. He has championed LGBTQ issues statewide as the former Vice President of Equality Pennsylvania, public access advocacy on the board of Philadelphia Community Access Media, diversity in the newsroom as board governor of the Pen & Pencil Club, the nation’s oldest press club. His work has been featured on NBC News, NPR, CNN, MTV News, BET, and other media outlets. He’s a member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, Online, News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Association of Black Journalists. His work has been awarded a Gold Circle Award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, a Finalist Award from the Tribeca Film Festival, the 2016 Trailblazer of the Year Award from the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and several others. He won the 2017 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for his coverage on racial discrimination in the LGBTQ community and Movement of the Year by the Philly Geek Awards. He was named the 2017 Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.Less
Fatima BaigSchool District of Philadelphia, Special Education teacher and Case ManagerMore
Fatima is a first-generation Muslim American educator dedicated to transforming the Philadelphia public education system through her work as a special education school teacher and member of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee. Currently, Fatima is an eighth-grade educator at C.C.A. Baldi Middle School and case manager with the School District of Philadelphia. Fatima’s pedagogical approach is inclusion Special Education, where she focuses on providing an inclusive and transformative education that advocates for the needs of all students.
As a Michigan native, Fatima earned her B.A. in Public Administration and Spanish from Saginaw Valley State University and later relocated to Philadelphia to attend LaSalle University, where she graduated with a M.Ed. Fatima was appointed as a board member to Mayor Kenney’s Millennial Advisory Committee and is currently serving on the Spruce Foundation Grantmaking committee. In addition to teaching, Fatima serves as the Political Liaison for C.C.A. Baldi Middle School through the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and is active with the PFTs get-out-the-vote efforts. Outside of teaching and advocacy, Fatima spends her time reading, learning to cook new dishes and can almost always be found searching for different countries and cultures to explore abroad.Less
Inella RayEd Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, Coordinator of High School Programs, Postsecondary SuccessMore
Inella is a business student by training, but an advocate for social equity by experience. She grew up in West Philadelphia and learned about society’s deepest ills through experience, both directly and vicariously. Inella was and continues to be deeply curious about the world around her. That curiosity led her to Temple University, where she majored in Economics to better understand what factors impede economic opportunity. While at Temple University, Inella served as The Vice President of The National Pan-Hellenic Council, The Chapter President of The Epsilon Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, The Elections Commissioner for Temple Student Government, and The President of The Black Law Students Association.
Upon graduation, Inella began her career within the Finance industry, but after spending two years within the industry she realized a growing dissonance between her full-time role and what she continues to be deeply passionate about. Inella left the Finance industry to pursue a higher calling – helping to make society a better place for us all, in other words getting involved in ‘good trouble’.
Inella is deeply committed to solving big social problems with creative solutions, particularly within the education arena. Inella believes that the most powerful way to move the needle on the social scale of justice is to invest in tomorrow’s future, today. Inella believes the greatest equalizer across gender, race, and class is education; which propels her to fight for the universal right to an equitable education for all. Inella works with and on the behalf of an upwards of 200+ high school students across the Greater Philadelphia area to prepare and support them in their postsecondary plans at The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. Inella’s favorite part about working with young people is the fact that they constantly redefine what is possible in the world.
In addition to Inella’s full-time role, Inella works part-time for Teach for America on their recruitment team to support the organization’s recruitment efforts in finding our next generation of leaders to fight for educational equity.Less
Janay HawthorneCity of Philadelphia, Public Health Program AnalystMore
Janay Hawthorne is Program Analyst within the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s AIDS Activities Coordinating Office. In this role, she monitors and evaluates programs by contracted agencies that provide HIV prevention and care services within Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. Janay is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biobehavioral health, and Drexel University’s Master of Public Health program with a concentration in Epidemiology. A Philadelphia native from a family of public servants, Janay is passionate about uplifting the Philadelphia community and positively impacting people in any way possible. Being a daughter of a Philadelphia teacher and firefighter, and granddaughter of Philadelphia police officers, dedication to Philadelphians and progressively improving the city for everyone’s benefit is ingrained in her DNA.
Janay is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. an organization that has cultivated her passion for public service. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Penn State African-American Alumni Organization of Greater Philadelphia and is an active union member of AFSCME District Council 47, as an alternate steward and College Debt Clinic instructor. In her spare time, Janay is the Servant Leader of the girls’ soccer program at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. When she isn’t earnestly completing things on her seemingly endless “To-Do” list, Janay enjoys spending quality time with her husband and family.Less
Jeannette BrunoCity of Philadelphia, Assistant Chief Administrative OfficerMore
Jeannette Bruno joined the City of Philadelphia’s Chief Administrative Office in 2017. In her role, she leads process improvement, change management, and transformation projects with the goal of promoting efficiency in government operations. Prior to joining the City, Jeannette worked for McGraw-Hill Education coordinating professional development workshops and trainings for teachers and administrators across the country. An education advocate passionate about Philadelphia’s youth, Jeannette has spent several years working in the education sector locally and abroad. As a qualitative researcher at Research for Action, Jeannette helped manage a national after-school evaluation of a high-quality arts program and also worked extensively in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania on projects focused on English Learners.
Jeannette earned her dual B.A. in History and Spanish from The Catholic University of America and an M.S. Ed. in International Educational Development from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Upon graduating from Penn, she spent time living in rural Nicaragua conducting research on a nontraditional secondary education program. For the last four years, Jeannette has served as a Spruce Foundation board member, and is currently serving as Board President. She is also a member of Next Generation Consulting’s 2018 Municipal Futurist cohort. Jeannette lives in South Philadelphia with her rescue dog Lulu and a husband who loves making Sunday gravy.Less
John C. ScottCovanta Energy, Marketing ManagerMore
John C. Scott is a Marketing Manager for Covanta Energy. In his job, he works with state, local, and national policymakers; environmental advocacy groups; and large commercial businesses to help drive sustainability efforts for one of the world’s largest energy from waste companies. He has had experience in: business development, community outreach, direct energy sales, government affairs, merger integration, project management, and sustainability consulting. In 2017, John served as a guest lecturer at Fordham University and spoke on the topic of alternative energy.
In addition to his experience in industry, John devotes time to volunteer activities that include: Executive Director of Keep Chester Beautiful (a Keep America Beautiful affiliate); Member of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Task Force for Public Participation and Goods Movement Task Force; Board Member for the Chester Environmental Partnership; and Member of the Metropolitan Council of Governments.
John holds a MS in Management from Fordham University – Gabelli School of Business. In addition, he received a BS in Finance from Lincoln University (PA). Also, he completed international studies at the American College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland and at the Polytechnic Institute of Namibia in Windhoek, Namibia.Less
Jordan KonellPhiladelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym (At Large), Legislative AideMore
Jordan serves as a Legislative Aide to City Councilmember (At Large) Helen Gym, and focuses on labor, juvenile justice, and education policy. He has spent most of his time win City Council working on Fair Workweek legislation and policies to support children and youth. Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Jordan graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College, where he studied African American Studies and Political Science and wrote extensively about Black-Jewish coalition building and citizen-led oversight of police policy. There, he received Yale's top awards for research in both African American Studies and Judaic Studies. He holds both an MSc in Criminal Justice and an M.Ed from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His graduate-level research focused on racialized policing in the UK and political movements to bring ethnic studies to schools across the globe. Jordan was additionally awarded the 2017 Howard League Sunley Prize for Best Dissertation on Penal Reform in the United Kingdom. He is a proud graduate of Philadelphia's Central High School, and currently serves on their alumni Board.
Previously, Jordan worked in Philadelphia at the Public Interest Law Center, the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, and the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition. He has helped run youth justice and health education nonprofit organizations in both New Haven and Oxford. He holds a degree in Community Teaching and Religious Education from Gratz College, and teaches Hebrew High School at Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel in Rittenhouse. He is also a trained community mediator.
Last, but not least, Jordan trusts the process.Less
Lanique RobertsObermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, AttorneyMore
Lanique Roberts is a family law attorney who focuses on providing zealous advocacy for families and children in domestic litigation and protection from abuse disputes. As a first generation American, Lanique strives to pay it forward to indigent populations, minority groups, and families in need. Lanique currently serves on her firm’s Diversity Committee and works towards maintaining and strengthening the firm’s support of diverse attorneys throughout their legal careers. Additionally, Lanique provides pro bono legal services to Philadelphia’s homeless and low-income clients through the Homeless Advocacy Project.
Lanique has always been committed to serving the communities that she has lived and worked in. As a student in Pittsburgh, Lanique aided and advocated for Pittsburgh residents through her work on political campaigns, internships at county executive and democratic committee offices, and participation in mentor programs. Later, as a law student, Lanique continued her dedication to community service by serving on the State College Meals on Wheels Board of Directors and as the Director of Social Action of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Black Law Students Association. Lanique has represented clients in civil rights matters involving immigration and employment discrimination in federal appellate cases as a participant in her school’s Civil Rights Appellate Clinic. Additionally, she has fought against voter suppression while working at Project Vote in our nation’s capital. Further evidencing her passion for helping oppressed communities, Lanique has tackled complex and technical legal issues surrounding rising utility rates during her representation of low-income populations across Pennsylvania with the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project. Through these experiences, Lanique has gained an extensive knowledge of how to tackle civil, legal, and economic issues that plague various groups across the country.
Lanique earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh and a Juris Doctor degree from Penn State Law. During her free time, she loves cooking, reading, enjoying Broadway shows, focusing on her fitness, and traveling with her friends and family. She currently serves as the President of Pitt’s African American Alumni Council Philadelphia Affiliate and works to strengthen and maintain the relationship between the university and its African American Alumni and students from the Philadelphia area through various networking events, career development assistance, and scholarship initiatives. She is an avid public speaker and looks forward to moving audiences, both in and outside of the courtroom, to effectuate change.Less
Nathaniel LewisCity of Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention, Program SpecialistMore
Nathaniel Lewis is a policy minded and public health informed professional with experience in public health, public policy analysis and research. He is passionate about developing policies aimed at addressing disparities amongst marginalized communities, including criminal justice, economic development, healthcare, employment and education.
Nathaniel understands the obstacles that many individuals face living in impoverished communities. He believes that everyone deserves the right to live in a society that promotes equity and equality for all citizens. He is adamant about creating pathways for collaboration amongst public and private sectors in efforts to create innovative solutions that will promote an improved quality of life; while also creating opportunity for the most vulnerable populations.
Nathaniel currently works at the City of Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention, working to address gun violence and ensuring that each resident has an opportunity to live an adequate and purpose filled life. Prior to working for the City of Philadelphia, he spent his first four months in Philadelphia working with grassroot organizations to register voters and empower community members to become leaders within their communities and highlight the important issues within their communities.
Nathaniel holds a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) focused in Health Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in public health from Kent State University.
In his spare time, Nathaniel enjoys traveling and exploring new areas. He believes it’s important to learn the similarities and differences of various cultures while enjoying new cultural dishes every chance he can.Less
Orlando AlmonteCity of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs, Language Access Program ManagerMore
Orlando Almonte is the Language Access Program Manager for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, where he assists in making city services accessible to residents that do not speak English. The work of his office is particularly meaningful to him as a son of immigrants from Peru. Orlando studied Political Science and Spanish at Rowan University in New Jersey. After graduating, he began his career by working for immigrant-serving nonprofits in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia before transitioning into his current role. Orlando serves on the Board of Directors for Young Involved Philadelphia, a nonprofit that promotes active citizenship and emerging leadership among young Philadelphians.
In his free time, Orlando enjoys exploring Philadelphia’s diverse food scene, quoting Seinfeld, and working on puzzles at home with his fiancée and his dog.Less
Paige Gebhardt CognettiSpecial Assistant to the Auditor General of PennsylvaniaMore
Paige is a special assistant to the Pennsylvania Auditor General, advising on financial management, governance and transparency. Her areas of focus include public school districts, student debt, care for older adults and pensions.
Paige previously served as a director on the Scranton School Board, overseeing a $160M budget and helping navigate the district's financial and public trust deficits. In addition to her role with the Auditor General, Paige serves on the board of multiple local nonprofit organizations, and manages projects for Caravia Fresh Foods.
Before moving to Northeastern Pennsylvania, Paige lived in New York and worked as an investment advisor at Goldman Sachs, sourcing new assets and managing private client investment portfolios. Prior to Goldman, Paige was a senior advisor to the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department. Paige was a fundraiser and project director on numerous political campaigns, including running the out-of-state volunteer program in Pennsylvania for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign.
Paige has a background in government oversight and administration, investment management, economic policy, international relations and political campaigns, with broad experience in budget oversight, business development, coalition building and strategic communications.
Paige holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College with a BA in English Literature. She resides with her husband in Scranton, Pennsylvania.Less
Priscilla PelliDelany McBride, Legal Clerk (Law Student)More
Priscilla Pelli is a former Capitol Hill staffer who is proud to call Philadelphia her home. Originally from Madison, CT, Priscilla earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin before going on to pursue a four-year career on Capitol Hill for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. As his staffer, she played a wide variety of roles ranging from office management to legislative assistance. This work equipped Priscilla with an in-depth knowledge about the inner-workings of Congress and creation of regulations on a grand scale.
While working for Senator Reid, Priscilla also earned her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Her program’s focus on policy analysis provided her with analytical tools to critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative data in the field of policy and political management. She was able to put both her academic and practical policy skills to work when her team’s policy proposal was selected as a top ten finalist in a national public policy competition hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. Her team’s proposal, “VidaSana” sought to facilitate a heart-disease preventative care program for Latino and Spanish-speaking patients in the District of Columbia. Through the use of technology and social media, the program sought to address language barrier issues within the city’s healthcare system that would ultimately reduce hospital readmissions and reduce significant healthcare costs. During her time at Georgetown, Priscilla also served as President of the Women’s Public Policy Initiative, an organization dedicated to developing exceptional female policy leaders and increasing awareness of issues disproportionately affecting women in the field.
Priscilla’s aspirations for law and public policy are what brought her to the City of Brotherly Love. As a current third-year law student at Temple University, she has participated in various volunteer efforts to serve her local community including providing translation services for indigent Spanish-speaking clients and participating in Temple Law’s Criminal Expungement Project.
During her law school career, she has interned with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. She has also worked as a legal clerk at different civil litigation firms, and participated on Temple Law’s National Trial Team. Priscilla seeks to become a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office after graduation.Less
Stephanie FenniriBicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Education and Social Impact DirectorMore
Stephanie is a nonprofit professional and social impact strategist with more than 8 years’ experience in developing and implementing initiatives to promote the improved quality of life for underserved populations through increased levels of capacity building in the form of community-based innovations, social impact, and public service. Her passion for public service stems from her experience as an AmeriCorps member which informed her commitment to the nonprofit sector. Stephanie currently serves as the Education and Social Impact Director at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia where she is eager to promote bicycling as a vehicle for creating inclusive communities. In 2017, Stephanie received an Executive Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Teaching Fellow in the Center for Social Impact Strategy in the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) where she is currently enrolled as a full-time graduate student in the Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership program. Stephanie also serves as the NPL-Hybrid Student Representative in the SP2 Student Government and as a podcast assistant and social media strategist for SP2’s Bending the Arc podcast.
Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Stephanie served as the Senior Community Partnerships Manager at the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation in Dallas, Texas where she developed a network of local, regional and national community-based organizations for participation in the Dallas Information Exchange Portal project. Stephanie previously served as the project manager for the Data Across Sectors for Health: Food for Health grant through a program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which aimed to alleviate hypertension, diabetes and food insecurity in North Texas. As a McNair Scholar and AmeriCorps Alumna, Stephanie recognizes the increasing need for supporting vulnerable populations and developing a pipeline of future leaders who can leverage their personal and cultural experiences for professional growth. In her free time, Stephanie volunteers for nonprofit organizations, and researches future trips to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Less
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