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Alumni Board Members

  • Nick Marzano 2013-2016

    Though he grew up on the Western side of the state, Nick has made Philly his home since 2008. As Director of Education, Nick leads accreditation, education strategy and content development for the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), a professional medical society dedicated to promoting quality care for hospital patients. Locally, Nick has served as a committeeperson in the 2nd Ward, sat on the boards of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and Code For Philly, and volunteered with various political campaigns. In 2015 Nick was named to the most recent list of Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia. Nick served as President of Young Involved Philadelphia from 2014-2016.

     

  • Michelle Feldman 2014-2016

    Michelle currently serves as Executive Director of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful (KPB), a nonprofit organization dedicated to community building through community greening. A proud affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, KPB is focused on litter abatement, waste reduction, and recycling education and promotion.

    Prior to her time at Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Michelle served as Commercial Corridor Manager and Communications Director for the Frankford Community Development Corporation, where she primarily worked to assist small businesses along the Frankford Avenue commercial corridor as well as attract new ones to the area.

    Before entering the world of community and economic development in Philadelphia, Michelle spent the 2008 and 2010 election cycles working for two top tier political consulting firms specializing in media.

    A Philadelphia native, Michelle holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brandeis University, and a Masters in Public Policy from Drexel.

  • Stacey Mosley 2015-2016

    Stacey is the Founder and CEO of FixList, a real estate data services company dedicated to identifying real estate trends and opportunities through data.  She formerly worked as the Data Services Manager and Data Scientist for the City of Philadelphia where she helped departments leverage data to improve operations, and empower them open up their data to the public. Prior to joining the Open Data movement, she worked on the City’s Vacant Property Strategy, building a data management system and processes to best utilize the City’s channels of enforcement. She is a Philadelphia enthusiast and data nut who loves making things, and making things happen.

  • Jim Saksa 2013-2016

    When Jim isn’t working on YIP projects, he covers the transportation beat at PlanPhilly, a project at WHYY. Jim is a former attorney, occasional rugby player, and frequent bender of the elbow at some of Philadelphia’s finest dive bars. Because he loves to wear sweatshirts but is too cheap to buy some news one, most people already know from his sartorial choices that he graduated from Penn and Georgetown Law. He tweets sporadically @Saksappeal and samples of his writing can be found at jimsaksa.com.
    Jim also served as Treasurer and Secretary from 2013-2014 and Vice President in 2015.

  • Max Conaboy 2015-2016

    Max Conaboy works as a Development Analyst for Aon, plc, the leading global provider of risk and human capital solutions. His work at Aon has given Max the opportunity to empower economic and human possibilities for clients and the communities they serve throughout Greater Philadelphia.

    A Northeastern Pennsylvania native, Max (and his NEPA twang) arrived in Philadelphia in 2009 after graduating from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. While at KU Max lead multiple student organizations, got knocked around the rugby pitch and was awarded the Roger Whitcomb Achievement in Political Science distinction. It was during his time at Kutztown that Max developed an appreciation for the incredible power of engagement, connectivity and collective representation.

    Max serves as Vice Chair to the Development Committee and is a graduate of the YIP Board Prep Program (S/O Fall 2014 cohort!).

    Max serves on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania; works as Co-Chair to the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance “Bear Affair” gala; and sits on the Education & Student Outreach Committee of the Risk Management Society.

  • Mike Thomas 2015-2016

    Mike is the co-founder of a startup in the healthcare and facility management space, slated for a public launch in 2017. Previously, Mike was the campaign director for Marni Snyder, who ran for State Representative in 2016, and co-founder of a Philly based tech startup called BarWithMe.TV. Born in the suburbs, Mike moved to Philly via Penn State, where he studied International Politics. He loves the outdoors, wandering aimlessly through the city, and great beer. While on the Board of YIP, Mike served as the Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee.

     

  • Samantha Pearson 2015

    Samantha is an MBA Candidate at Drexel University as well as a Coulter Fellow in the University’s Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership Program. In addition to working on several committees for YIP, Samantha is a Board Member of The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women and Represent!. In her spare time, Samantha provides business development/marketing advice and content to several local businesses in addition to volunteering for various nonprofits across the city.

  • Kelly Cofrancisco 2014-2015

    Kelly is the outreach and partnership manager for the state office of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) headquartered at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.  In her role, she leads the statewide marketing and communications for network of eighteen SBDCs serving small businesses owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in all 67 counties of Pennsylvania.  She is responsible for oversight and management of all external partnership and marketing initiatives of the Pennsylvania SBDC network including outreach to program stakeholders and resource partners. Previously, Kelly held marketing positions with a suburban Philadelphia law firm and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. Kelly is currently earning her M.P.A. from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.A. in Business from Mercyhurst University.

    Kelly first became involved with YIP through its programming committee and enjoys planning and organizing events to engage with other young involved Philadelphians.  If you don’t meet her at the next YIP event, you can find her on Twitter @KellyCoFro.

    Kelly served as the Programming Chair in 2015

  • Ben Stango 2012-2015

    Ben Stango is a community builder, working to strengthen and grow a new generation of leadership in Philadelphia. Currently, Ben is pursuing a JD/MBA at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School. Ben is heavily engaged in Philly’s young professional community. In addition to his core work directing advocacy efforts for Young Involved Philadelphia, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the Board of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Raven Society, and the Advisory Board of the Citizens Planning Institute. He is an alumnus of both the Center for Progressive Leadership and the New Leaders Council fellowship programs. Ben graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2011 where he doubled-majored in Political Science & Humanities.

    Ben served as the Advocacy Chair from 2013-2015.

  • Jill Settlemyer 2014-2015

    Jill currently works for Bryn Mawr College as a Development Officer, managing and cultivating philanthropic relationships with alumnae in New England and New York City. She joined the college’s development team shortly after graduating from Bryn Mawr in 2010 with an A.B. in Political Science and a minor in Mathematics. In addition to her volunteer work with YIP, she is an Officer of the Executive Council and Representative to the Board of Trustees of the Bryn Mawr College Staff Association. She is a member the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Women’s Way Young Women’s Initiative, and the Spring 2013 cohort of YIP Board Prep Fellows.

    Jill served as Development Chair and Treasurer in 2015.

  • Stephen St.Vincent 2014-2015

    Stephen St.Vincent is a country boy from central Pennsylvania.  He first grew to love Philadelphia while attending nearby Swarthmore College.  After a brief career in video game programming, Stephen went to law school to pursue his dream of saving the world.  He happily returned to Philadelphia in 2011, where he engaged in a yearlong fellowship at Penn.  He also spent almost 3 years representing Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services in Family Court.  Stephen was the Policy Director for Ken Trujillo’s mayoral campaign in Philadelphia until Mr. Trujillo was forced to withdraw due to a family emergency.  Currently, Stephen is actively volunteering on a mayoral race and a City Council race.  In addition, he is on the boards of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia.

    Stephen served as Advocacy Vice Chair in 2014 and Board Secretary in 2015.

  • David Rucki 2015

    David and his wife, Kate, reside in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia, with their cocker spaniel, Finnegan.  In his spare time, David enjoys golf, spinning at Body Cycle Studio, and dining out with Kate at all of Philadelphia’s great restaurants.

    David has been very involved in the community, and is a member of the Society Hill Civic Association, The Young Professionals Network of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, along with the Development Committee of Young Involved Philadelphia.

    David is a graduate of Shepherd University with a major in Political Science and Economics, and also holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Centenary College. Upon graduating from Shepherd, David began work as District Director for the 23rd NJ Legislative District. After four years of running political campaigns and handling constituent services for local municipalities, David took over as the Executive Director of the Hackettstown Business Improvement District where he lead Hackettstown to a resurgence in business recruitment, retention, and community events. Following Hackettstown, David became the Executive Director of the Flemington Business Improvement District and actively recruited, retained, and revitalized businesses for the Borough of Flemington. In 2011, David started DMR Consulting Solutions, a marketing and public relations firm geared specifically towards political and organizational public relations, consulting in small business growth, and development of municipal economic strategies.

    Currently, David is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Philadelphia. At Edward Jones, David helps individuals, businesses, and organizations understand investing and helps them with achieving their financial goals.

    David served as Development Vice Chair in 2015.

  • Kacey Mordecai 2015

    Kacey was born in Kingston, Jamaica, moved to the States for college at the University of Chicago, left Chicago for DC  to attend law school at Georgetown, and only meant to pass through Philadelphia for a year on her way to New York City. Despite a brutal winter, the city worked its hometown charm and here Kacey remains. She is an attorney at Juvenile Law Center who improves policy related to older youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. “Staff Attorney” is her official title but Kacey loves to engage her inner event planner by volunteering as her organization’s unofficial “Fun Captain,” an experience that served her well as a member of YIP’s Programming Committee. Kacey is a 2014 YIP Board Prep graduate, and is excited to put her skills to good use on her very first non-profit board. She enjoys scouting dessert and coffee spots in the city, running along the Schuylkill, and 95+ degree weather because the heat never bothered her anyway.

    Kacey served first as Board Prep Vice Chair, then as Board Prep Chair in 2015.

  • Monet Thomas-Anderson 2014-2015

    Monet is a Philadelphia native – born and bred. She attended Girard College and graduated as a “lifer”. She then received a B.S. in biochemistry with a minor in advertising from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Since her graduation in 2011, she has taught 10th and 12th graders, coached middle school softball, constructed 3 accelerometers from scratch, got her molars pulled (random, we know) and started her world tour.

    Monet is the YIP Board Prep chair and a former graduate of the program. She is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated; NExT Philadelphia; and sits on the board and volunteer committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Network.

    Monet is the Program Manager for University Relations and Student Engagement at Campus Philly, a nonprofit that fuels economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region. When she is not in the office, you can find her playing Scrabble…but never Words with Friends (she does not condone the board layout), volunteering in the community or fawning over Bill Nye, The Science Guy.

    Monet served as Board Prep Chair in 2014 and 2015.

  • Christina Arlt 2013-2014

    Christina Arlt is a creative problem-solver who works as a planner at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). She holds a bachelors in Urban & Environmental Studies from Franklin & Marshall College and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Christina moved to Philadelphia in 2007, a year after serving as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Hamburg, Germany.

    Christina completed YIP’s Board Prep program in 2011, and also serves on the board of the Society of Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP) of Greater Philadelphia.

    Christina served as Vice Chair of the Board in 2014.

  • Mike Kaiser 2013-2014

    Mike is the Community Outreach Director at Generocity.org, a nonprofit organization with the mission to help people stay informed, connected, and involved in their communities.  At Generocity.org, Mike oversees the content and social media strategy and assists on community outreach efforts to connect nonprofit and community based organizations to businesses and the broader Philadelphia community.

    Prior to joining Generocity.org, Mike was the Communications Liaison at Gift of Life Donor Program where his work was featured by Facebook for Nonprofits and PRSA Philadelphia.  Mike holds a B.A. in media studies from Penn State University.

    Mike served as the Programming Chair in 2014.

  • Meghan Mallouk 2013-2014

    Meghan Mallouk serves as the Communications Manager at the Society of Hospital Medicine, the medical society that is dedicated to exceptional inpatient care, supporting a membership of 12,000 clinicians and medical practice managers. Her role involves social media, membership engagement and managing the blogging team.

    Prior to joining the Society of Hospital Medicine, Meghan worked at the Fairmount Park Conservancy, the private non-profit that exists to lead and support programs and projects throughout Philadelphia’s vast park system, as the Marketing & Membership Manager. Additionally, Meghan worked in fundraising, advocacy, and operations at Planned Parenthood of Bucks County, where she managed the volunteer program, conducted grassroots organizing efforts around various issues important to the agency’s mission and implemented several projects to improve and streamline the agency’s operations.

    Meghan graduated from Cornell University with a degree in International Agriculture & Rural Development and a certificate in Business Management. In addition to serving on YIP’s board, Meghan is also a member of the Emerging Leaders Work Group, captains and plays ultimate Frisbee with the Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance, enjoys live performances from ballet to rock concerts, and reads The Economist (nerd out!).

  • Matt Royles 2014

    Matt Royles is Vice President of Development for Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), a national nonprofit that works to align capital with justice through its leadership of more than 200 mission-driven U.S. financial institutions.

    Matt moved to Philadelphia to join OFN in 2010. A native of Connecticut, he has lived and worked in New York City and Boston, after earning his undergraduate degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. While he remains a die-hard Red Sox fan, he now espouses Philadelphia for its affordability and vibrancy, as well as its passionate and involved community. He is not, however, especially fond of cheesesteaks or Rocky.

    Matt was a 2012 Fellow with the Center for Progressive Leadership, and is currently an MBA Candidate at the Fox School of Business at Temple University.

    Matt served as Communications Chair in 2014.

  • Alexis Jeffcoat 2014

    Alexis is a creative professional living and working in the cultural arts community in Philadelphia. Prior to working in the arts, Alexis managed volunteers and programs for major social justice non-profits Habitat for Humanity and Dress for Success. She currently manages marketing, programming and membership for the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Laurel Hill Cemetery as a historic site. As a fan of history, Alexis enjoys sharing the stories of the cemetery’s varied “residents”.

    Alexis received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and European History from Temple University and her Masters in Arts & Humanities from Arcadia University. Alexis is a co-editor of the Cemetery’s anniversary book, 175 Years of Reflections: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 1836-2011 and serves on the steering committee for the Philadelphia Science Festival. She firmly believes in people’s power to change the world around them and has recently settled one of the most important debates of all time: it is pronounced “wooder”, not “water”.

    Alexis served as Development Vice-Chair in 2014.

  • Ryan Callahan 2014

    Ryan Callahan is the Outreach Director at Philadelphia Runner where he spearheads community building for the Philadelphia running scene. Ryan co-founded the YIP running club in July 2013, bringing a new way for young Philadlephians to explore the city. He moved to Philadelphia in 2010, getting lost on his way to Boston, and woke up four years later with a newly purchased South Philly rowhome and an appetite for hoagies.

    On weekends you’ll find Ryan running along the Schuylkill or exploring the wild world of South Philadelphia searching for the perfect Italian hoagie (Cosmis).

    Ryan served as the Programming Vice Chair in 2014.

  • Claire Robertson-Kraft 2002-2012

    Claire Robertson-Kraft is a native Texan but a Philadelphian at heart. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a double major in urban studies and philosophy. After graduation, Claire worked with Teach for America in Houston for three years, first as a third grade teacher and then as a supervisor for corps members teaching in elementary and special education placements. Currently, she is working as the Associate Director of the Center for Greater Philadelphia on Operation Public Education, a comprehensive approach to national school reform, and pursuing her doctorate in education policy at Penn. Claire served as the Chair of the YIP board.

  • Michelle Freeman

    Michelle Freeman is an independent consultant working in event production, marketing, and management in the Greater Philadelphia region. She also currently provides marketing strategy services to small area businesses. Michelle has developed programs such as Campus Philly’s Discount Program for area-college students, Philadelphia Marathon Fan Pass Program and City Food Tours Flavors of Philly Tour. Michelle holds a degree in Corporate Communications from Drexel University. She has worked in various positions at Campus Philly where she planned and produced Campus Philly College Day. Michelle has also worked with several local promotion companies where she managed street teams and grassroots marketing campaigns as well as planned events at area lounges and nightclubs.

  • Katie Morrison

    Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Katie Morrison came to Philly 10 years ago to attend Drexel University, and still hasn’t left. Recently earning her MBA, in 2010 Katie started her own event planning and marketing company, KMorrison Creative, specializing in high-volume event volunteer recruitment and management, street team marketing, and event planning. Katie is also a singer, songwriter, and guitarist in the band Betty Iron Thumbs, which should be taking the world by storm very shortly. Her favorite thing about Philly is all of the amazing recreation paths and on any nice day she can usually be found jogging the hills of Roxborough or taking a ride down the Schuylkill River Trail.

  • Alain Joinville 2010-2012

    Alain Joinville, currently serves as the Public Affairs Coordinator for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Recreation. He’s held that position since January 2008. In his role as the Public affairs Coordinator he utilizes his public relations skills to promote the department’s strategic initiatives and to highlight the department’s programs; additionally he manages special projects for the department, like the City of Philadelphia’s Annual Citywide Spring Cleanup campaign.

    Prior to his role with the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, he was a Field Coordinator and Policy Aide for the Nutter for Mayor Campaign. The Nutter for Mayor Campaign was Alain’s first paid position in politics. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He has lived in Philadelphia since 2002.

  • Carlene Clark

    Carlene S. Clark is Co-Chair of the Shared Governance Committee within the Pharmacy Department at Pennsylvania Hospital (University of Penn), where she is employed. She is a Coordinator for the Grandma’s Kids after-school program which is under the Temple University umbrella and is also a member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church and Philly CORE. In 2011, Carlene ran for Traffic Court Judge in Philadelphia, where she received more than 14,000 votes. Carlene has also started her own NPO, Egypt is in Africa (EIA), whose mission is to raise awareness about various causes and issues through programs which engage and enrich the communities within Philadelphia. The future looks bright for Carlene, as she is pregnant with her first child and preparing to embark on a new career within the Non-Profit sector.

  • Farzin Khan

    Farzin is a proud New Yorker from the borough of Queens, and got acquainted with Philadelphia on numerous road trips from Reading, PA where she attended Albright College for her B.A. in Psychology and minored in Corporate Communications.  Farzin recently joined as Director of Communications and Program Development at the headquarters for National Association of Securities Professionals, a non-profit association for minorities and women who are brokers, asset managers, public finance consultants, investment bankers, underwriters, investors, plan sponsors and other finance professionals.  Farzin recently completed a 9-month program with the Center for Progressive Leadership as a Political Leaders Fellow. Other past civic engagement experience includes her role as a mentor/organizer for the FAST Track program which exposes Philadelphia high school students to the stock market, to the financial services industry and teaches professional development skills.

  • Salas Saraiya 2010-2012

    Salas grew up in metropolitan Atlanta, rooting for the hometown Braves. Despite attending college in the Bay Area (Go Stanford!), he has found a home in Philadelphia. After working on internal software systems at local retailer Destination Maternity for five years, he decided to take the freelance route and work out of coworking space Independents Hall. As a  Young Involved Philadelphia board member, he led the planning of an Open Data/Government Transparency forum and played a key role in launching the “Why I Love Philly” campaign. He also was responsible for managing the website and social media, sending newsletters, and all things tech- or online-related.

  • Dasanj Aberdeen

    Dasanj’s Big 4 public accounting experience has provided her with the opportunity to understand clients’ businesses, identify best practices and learn what affects a business’ top and bottom lines in industries ranging from not-for-profit to financial services and including Fortune 100 companies. Dasanj has taken her expertise to the community, participating in focus groups and on panels with industry leaders as well as presenting to high school and college students.

    She founded TheAfter5Edge blog as a platform for encouraging others to optimize their potential by discovering and leveraging their strengths to obtain their competitive edge in business and life. In addition to TheAfter5Edge, Dasanj shares her thought leadership on various blogs, covering topics such as business principles, financial management, marketing and creative strategies for fostering innovation. She is an advocate for adding value to life via the arts and culturally rich environments and focuses her volunteer efforts entrepreneurship, financial literacy and the arts. She fosters her own creativity by drawing and painting and loves taking advantage of the city’s vibrant art scene.  Dasanj is a graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Josh Warner 2013

    Josh Warner has lived and worked in Philadelphia for 10 years. In that time, he has been a student, a teacher, a city planner, a dance instructor, a workshop facilitator, a civic do-gooder, and a business owner. Today, he’s a Doctoral Student in City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.  He holds a Masters degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and spent the last 7 years at the Camden Redevelopment Agency working in one of America’s most troubled cities.  Josh was instrumental in organizing and implementing State of Young Philly 2012, and is looking forward to many events and civic victories with his fellow YIPsters. In his spare time, he facilitates community forums with the Penn Project for Civic Engagement and can be seen on stage drumming with PhillyBloco.

  • Jason Wolfson 2011-2013

    Jason Wolfson is a home grown Philadelphian, constantly sharing his dying love for his city with residents both new and old. After graduating from Penn State University, with a degree in Telecommunications, he came back to the city he knows best. Jason works in the marketing department at Comcast in Philadelphia, where he manages all marketing channels for subscribers throughout the country. He has also assisted in the development a subscriber-based Cable TV marketing platform for Hispanic households across the United States, along with collaborating with networks such as Golf Channel and NBCSports on expansive marketing partnerships.

    In addition to being a YIP board member, Jason volunteers on grassroots political campaigns, manages Free Agents DJs and has served as a Big Brother.

  • Josh McNeil 2010-2013

    As Executive Director of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania (CVPA), Josh works to promote environmental legislation at the state level, to engage voters through education and outreach, and to elect pro-environment politicians to office. He has worked as the National Press Secretary of the League of Conservation Voters, as a speechwriter and Communications Director for the presidential campaign of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, as an improv comedian, and as a teaching assistant at the University of Cape Town. He staunchly supports the Oxford comma.

    Josh was a 2010 fellow of the PA Center for Progressive Leadership, an executive committee member of the Yale Club of Philadelphia and a founder of the Philly Progressive Thinkers Forum. He’s a member of the Athenaeum and the Franklin Inn Club.

    Josh earned his first dollar outside Huntsville, Alabama, keeping rogue chickens away from funerals with a pellet gun. Primates have attacked him on four continents. Josh has lived in ten cities in eight states. Philly is his favorite.

  • Susanna Greenberg 2010-2013

    Susanna is a proud native of Philadelphia, where she happily returned in 2007 after hopping around the East Coast for a decade. She teaches at University of Pennsylvania Law School in the Civil Practice Clinic, where she supervises students representing low-income Philadelphians in a wide range of legal matters. Previously, she worked as a lawyer at Ballard Spahr LLP, with a practice focused on antitrust litigation. Before law school, she served on a gubernatorial campaign staff in Pennsylvania and as a teacher in public and charter schools in Washington D.C. Susanna has an undergraduate degree in Ethics, Politics & Economics from Yale and a law degree from New York University. She was a 2010 fellow with the Center for Progressive Leadership in Pennsylvania, and she currently also serves on the Board of Trustees of Independence Charter School in Philadelphia.

  • Sophie Hwang 2011-2013

    Sophie Hwang was born and raised in New York and moved to California to study the Mental and Public Health of Underserved Communities at Stanford University. After graduating, she moved to Philadelphia to teach high school science through Teach For America and simultaneously earned her Masters in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Sophie’s students inspired her to plant roots in Philadelphia and make a commitment to improving experiences for youth. After teaching, Sophie was awarded a Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship and worked at the Health Federation of Philadelphia. Currently, she works as a research associate at PolicyLab, a research institute at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    In addition to being the Vice Chair of YIP, she is a part of PhillyCORE Leaders, the advisory board of Sunday Suppers, steering committee for Multiplying Connections, and The Food For All Collective.

    She is passionate about racial health and educational equality, urban food access, and art as a means of social justice.

     

  • J. Rudy Flesher 2011-2013

    J. Rudy Flesher is an actor, activist, author, and artist, as well as a user of gender neutral pronouns. (For the uninitiated, the pronouns “ze” and “hir,” pronounced “zee” and “here” replace he/she and his/her, respectively.) A native New Jerseyan, Rudy moved to Philadelphia in 2007, having started a career with Penn Medicine in 2006. However, it has been Philadelphia’s dynamic and tight-knit communities that have kept hir in the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection).

    In November 2009, Rudy transitioned out of a career in the medical field to complete hir BA in Women’s and Gender Studies at The College of New Jersey. Hir time there included an internship with PhinLi Bookings, which represents LGBT and sex-positive talent, and writing a thesis on drag king communities which took top prize for undergraduate writing at the NJ Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium. Notable contributions to the Philadelphia LGBTQ community have included booking Kate Bornstein to perform at a Giovanni’s Room fundraiser, co-developing and emceeing Homecoming at The William Way Community Center, and producing an evening of queer storytelling for an Equality Pennsylvania fundraiser. Ze currently lends hir time and talents to WWCC, Equlity Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.

    Rudy is also a recent graduate of The Center for Progressive Leadership’s New Leader program, having won the award for “Best Messaging” in hir class. Ze was recently elevated to serve as the Co-Chair of the Board of the Spruce Foundation.

  • Lea Kleinman 2011-2013

    Lea Kleinman is originally from Havertown, a suburb outside of Philadelphia. She is currently working as a Development Associate at Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia, a non-profit that provides scholarship dollars for low-income K-8th graders to go to tuition based schools in Philadelphia. In the past, she has worked at Philadelphia Futures, Bread and Roses Community Fund, and the Philadelphia Freedom Schools. In addition, Lea completed the six-month New Leaders Program with Center for Progressive Leadership. She also completed the Non-Profit Board-Prep program with the former Young Non-Profit Leaders.

    For the past two years, Lea has led the Board Prep Program as part of Young Involved Philadelphia. This has included everything including selecting the class, managing the curriculum and partner outreach for the program. Lea has been living in Philadelphia since attending Temple University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology in 2008.

  • Bruce Marable 2011-2013

    Bruce Marable is currently Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer for the design and technology firm “Defined Clarity”. His role includes being responsible for overseeing and managing all internal and external sales, market research, strategic marketing, public relations, communications and strategic partnership efforts. He makes it his business to “live” in the tech community, as he markets the company as a thought leader and trendsetter within the content management industry.

    Prior to co-founding Defined Clarity, Bruce founded a tech startup and performed search engine marketing for Fortune 100 companies at interactive marketing agency Razorfish.Bruce is an avid chess player and holds a degree in Communication Studies from West Chester University.

  • Thaddeus Squire 2009-2011

    Thaddeus has been hailed as a visionary voice in the contemporary arts by David Patrick Stearns of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and was named one of Philadelphia’s top 76 “Creative Connectors” by Leadership Philadelphia in 2011. He has also received Philadelphia City Paper’s “Big Vision Issue Choice Awards ‘09” for his work as founder of Hidden City Philadelphia. As a curator, consultant, writer, and producer, Thaddeus has worked across a wide variety of disciplines, from history and heritage to the fine and performing arts. His particular interest is in building creative collaborations and new business models for the cultural and creative industries. Following fundraising and artistic work for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and contemporary music presenter Relâche, Thaddeus founded Peregrine Arts in 2005 with two business areas, multidisciplinary producing and management consulting. In 2010, Peregrine’s consulting practice was rebranded as CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia.

    In addition to serving as a Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker, he lectures extensively on cultural policy and practice. Thaddeus has a degree in music from Princeton University with a concentration in the history and philosophy of science and was a J. William Fulbright Scholar at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He also holds an orchestral conducting degree from the Leipziger Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.” He has served on numerous artistic and funding panels, including the Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the American Composers Forum (Philadelphia Chapter), Delaware Division of the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Thaddeus is a member of the Rittenhouse Club, The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, and the Franklin Inn Club.

  • Matt Rader 2005-2008

    Matt Rader is a management consultant in McKinsey & Company’s Philadelphia office.  At McKinsey, he works primarily with public sector clients on improving organizational culture, streamlining service delivery, and empowering employees to drive beneficial change.  Prior to McKinsey, Matt worked for the Urban Land Institute, advising cities across the country on regeneration, transit-oriented development, place making, and sustainability strategies.
    Matt’s Philly roots go way to 2001, when he came to work in Fairmount Park and eventually served as Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust.  He also served as Executive Director of the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District in 2006.  Matt Rader holds an MBA, with a real estate major, from the Wharton School and a bachelor’s in architectural history from the University of Virginia, both with honors.  You can find him regularly dorking out on urban history, taking bike rides hither and yon, and working hard to uncover new adventures in our wonderful city.
  • Ariel Ben-Amos 2004-2005

    Ariel Ben-Amos now serves as a planner for the Philadelphia Water Department, after having spent five years at the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU).  At MOTU he helped develop Philadelphia’s Parklet, Pedestrian Plaza & Complete Streets programs, and currently helps coordinate green stormwater infrastructure investment in capital transportation projects. Ariel has served on the boards of civic and arts & culture organizations, from the Design Advocacy Group, YIP and Cedar Park Neighbors to the Gershman Y and Crossroads Music. Ben-Amos is a returned Peace Corp Volunteer (Albania) and a 2010 Political Fellow at the Center for Progressive Leadership.  Ariel Ben-Amos has too many degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (BA ’04, MCP 09, MGA ‘ 10) and as a glutton for punishment, teaches undergraduates in the Urban Studies program.  You can find him prowling West Philly looking for coffee, or on the dance floor of a Balkan brass band party, or a Brazilian samba jam.

  • Matt Goldfine 2008-2011

    Matt Goldfine current serves as the Political Director of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee. He also serves as the Political Director for State Rep. Tim Briggs, for whom he previously served for three years as his Chief of Staff. In 2012 Goldfine ran the campaign for the first openly LGBT state legislator elected in PA, State Rep Brian Sims. He has also worked for State Senator Daylin Leach and other progressive campaigns.

    A graduate Temple University’s Geography and Urban Studies dept, Goldfine got his start as a community activist, working on neighborhood revitalization projects in housing, planning, community technology and food access in the Strawberry Mansion, Brewerytown and Fairmount neighborhoods of Philadelphia.

  • KC Roney 2006-2008

    KC served on the YIP board between 2006 and 2008. KC was first recruited in 2005 by Troy Madres, one of YIP’s founders, to join YIP’s Civic Education Committee, where she helped plan and implement public education events that included a program on the proposed Philadelphia smoking ban, and moderating a forum on running for public office.

    KC currently acts as Deputy to the Legal Personnel Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, a Philadelphia-based global law firm where she previously held the position of associate in the Litigation group.  In her current role, KC works in strategy and implementation of lawyer-facing programs at the firm, including recruiting, professional development, evaluations and compensation, promotions, and communications. She also maintains a pro bono practice that includes asylum (immigration) and election protection matters. Prior to Morgan Lewis, KC was a judicial clerk with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and worked at Committee of Seventy and AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. KC graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology and a certificate in African Studies, and she holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

    Aside from YIP, KC’s favorite group to volunteer with is Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program, which allows her to travel to far-flung countries and indulge her love of building, talking to fascinating people, and learning to say “thank you” in many languages.

  • Job Itzkowitz 2000-2004

    Job Itzkowitz currently serves Executive Director of the Old City District, which he joined after serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Policy and Legislation for Councilwoman Cindy Bass. In addition to YIP, Job has served on the boards of Operation Understanding, the Friends of Love Park and Philly Fellows. He is also a founding board member of USA 250, Inc., an organization that aims to plan, promote, advocate and coordinate the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of our United States of America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence and to promote Greater Philadelphia as the host for the celebration. When he is not guzzling coffee at La Colombe, dreaming of real estate development or reminiscing about his glory days at Bar Noir and Loie, you can find Job meandering around Center City, examining zoning notices and Liquor Control Board applications. And if you’re wondering, Job is 6’7.

  • Ned Rauch-Mannino 2008—2011

    Ned exchanged the Pennsylvania countryside for Philadelphia at the turn of the century to attend Temple University, and quickly became an actor in Philadelphia and state politics and development. Today, Ned serves Pennsylvania interests in economic development, energy, science and technology, and education with the Ridge Policy Group, providing government relations under the leadership of former Governor and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. Though now living in Washington, DC and missing la Cantina Los Caballitos and running through Old City, he finds himself in Philadelphia often, lecturing as a part-time professor for Temple University and lending insight as a senior adviser to Econsult Solutions.

    In addition to his role with YIP, while in Philadelphia Ned worked for the City’s Commerce Department and was a member of the SEPTA Advisory Board, the Red Cross’ Disaster Action Team, Next Great City, the Global Interdependence Center, and the Paine’s Park Project. Also a Campus Philly alum, he earned his Master’s in Economics from Penn State, worked on NGO projects in Central America and East Africa, and is published author.

  • Sulaiman Rahman

    Sulaiman was born and raised in Philadelphia and has pursued innovation and entrepreneurship since his was very young.  He has been a self-employed entrepreneur for over 14 years.
    Currently, his endeavors include a global marketing and distribution business in the gourmet coffee and tea industry producing over $6 million per year in gross sales revenue.  He is now a lead business development trainer and speaker in the direct-sales industry, speaking on topics such as leadership, networking and entrepreneurship to audiences as large as 15,000 people.
    Sulaiman is also Founder & CEO of Urban Philly Professional Network (UPPN), which is a social entrepreneurship initiative started in 1999 (Formerly UrbanPhilly.com) with a mission to engage, empower, and connect the Greater Philadelphia area’s next generation of diverse public and private leadership through the use of events and technology.  UPPN currently consists of over 12,000 local professionals primarily between the ages of 25-44.
    Sulaiman has served on the Board of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Philadelphia Film Society and as the Chairman of the Board for the African American Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia from 2010-2012.