Congressman Bob Brady
Philadelphia Democratic City Committee Chair, Former Congressman
Bob Brady serves as the Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee, a position he has held since 1986. He also served as a Pennsylvania Congressman for 20 years and while in Congress chaired the House Administration Committee. Bob Brady also teaches as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Congressman Dwight Evans
Congressman Dwight Evans has been a member of Congress since 2016 where he serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Prior to being elected to Congress, he served 35 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and 20 years as the Democratic Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
Senator Jay Costa
Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Leader
Senator Jay Costa has been a member of the Pennsylvania Senate since 1996. In 2010, he was elected Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus. Prior to joining the State Senate, Senator Costa served as Deputy Sheriff of Allegheny County and elected Allegheny County Register of Wills
Philadelphia Councilmember, DNC member
Councilmember Cindy Bass is currently in her third term as a member of Philadelphia City Council where she serves as the Chair of City Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and City Council’s Committee on Public Health and Human Services. Councimember Bass also serves as a member of the Democratic National Committee, the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee and a ward leader for the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee.
Senator Anthony Hardy Williams
Pennsylvania State Senate Democratic Whip
Anthony Hardy Williams is a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate and serves as the whip of the Democratic Caucus. He previously served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Anthony also is a ward leader for the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee and chairs the United Ward Leaders of Color.
Senator Vincent Hughes
Pennsylvania State Senator
Senator Vincent Hughes is a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate and serves as the Democratic Appropriations chair where he champions the Democratic caucus’s progressive policy issues like expanding healthcare access, raising the minimum wage, and enacting civil and voting rights reforms.
Laborers’ District Council
Ryan Boyer is a prominent labor leader in Philadelphia who serves as the Business Manager of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Business Council of Philadelphia and Vicinity. He also serves as the African American Caucus President and Special International Representative of LiUNA.
Dauphin County Democratic Party
Phyllis Bennett is the CEO and owner of PIB Associates, a professional consulting firm, and a member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee. Phyllis serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg and has been awarded nationally by the American Bar Association as a Distinguished Woman of Color.
Philadelphia Gay News
Mark Segal is a prominent LGBT activist in Philadelphia and the founder of Philadelphia Gay News, the oldest LGBT publication founded as a weekly in the United States and the largest on the East Coast. In his early days, Mark was a participant at Stonewall in 1969 and help found the Gay Liberation Front. Mark also helped organize the first Gay Pride parade in the United States and, in 2013, partnered with the Obama Administration to build the nation’s first LGBT friendly Senior Affordable housing apartment building, the John C. Anderson Apartments.
Linda Fields is a member of the Democratic National Committee. She also serves as the YWCA Tri-County Area Board of Directors and is the CEO and Founder of PowerUP PAC, a political action committee dedicated to supporting qualified candidates on the state and local levels.
Deja Lynn Alvarez
Transgender Community Activist
A well known LGBTQ+ activist, Deja currently serves as the LGBTQ Care Coordinator at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Deja was the first transgender candidate to run for public office in Pennsylvania when she placed in the top 10 out of 30 candidates for Philadelphia City Council. She has served in leadership roles at several Philadelphia based organizations including Mayor Kenney’s Commission of LGBT Affairs and Liberty City Democrats, and was the cofounder and director of the first LGBTQ+ specific shelter and recovery center in Philadelphia, the LGBTQ Home for HOPE.
Brigitte Daniel Corbin
Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc.
Brigitte Daniel Corbin is the Executive Vice-President of Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc., a private cable operator dedicated to providing affordable technology services to underserved communities. Brigitte is the founder of Mogulette, a program focused on empowering young women interested in entrepreneurism in the technology sector and is an appointed member of the FCC’s Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age.
Lancaster City Councilmember
Councilmember Janet Diaz is an elected member of the Lancaster City Council and the first Latina to serve in that role. Janet volunteers her time at the YMCA as a sexual assault advocate as well as at her church where she teaches Sunday school. Janet is an alumna of the 2017 Emerge PA class.
Philadelphia Housing Authority
Asia Coney serves as the President of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s (PHA) Resident Advisory Board. She has spent over 30 years engaged in community activism, including advocating for public and assisted housing safety and greater resident input into PHA decision-making. Asia also serves on numerous city boards including the Redevelopment Authority and the Malt and Beverage board.
Former Allegheny County Councilmember
Brenda Frazier served three terms as an Allegheny County Councilmember. She is also a longtime activist, in college she participated in sit-ins in segregated restaurants and the first civil rights march in Washington D.C. Later she got involved with NOW, co-founded East End NOW, and has served on the boards of both PA NOW and the national organization. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee and helped found the African American caucus.
Rep. Manuel Guzman
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Rep. Manuel Guzman got his start organizing for then-Senator Barack Obama, and used his experience to run and win a seat on the School Board in Reading. He has been a vocal champion for the often ignored Black and Brown communities across the Commonwealth and led those outreach efforts in Pennsylvania during the 2020 election — when he also successfully ran for state representative.
Senator Shirley Kitchen
Former Pennsylvania State Senator
Shirley Kitchen served as a Pennsylvania State Senator for 20 years and was only the second Black woman to serve in the Pennsylvania Senate. Prior to being elected to the Senate, she served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, as a poll worker for the city of Philadelphia, and as a Constituent Services Representative for Philadelphia City Council. Shirley Kitchen is also an elected ward leader for the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee
A native of North Philly, Shirley Moy is now the Executive Director of Temple’s Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative — a community-driven mission to provide workforce training and career development opportunities to secure sustainable employment for community members that don’t regularly have access to these opportunitie
Philadelphia City Councilmember
Maria Quiñones-Sanchez serves a member of Philadelphia City Council, first elected in 2008. She is the first Hispanic to be elected to Philadelphia City Council. Prior to being elected, Maria was the Regional Director for the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration and the first board chair of the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition. She was also the first woman and youngest Executive Director of ASPIRA, Pennsylvania’s largest Latino educational institution.
Resurrected Life Community Church
Greg Edwards is the founder and senior pastor of Resurrected Life Community Church and the CEO of the Resurrected Community Development Corporation in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Greg is also the Director of POWER-Lehigh Valley, the board chair for Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley, and is a board member of the Community First Fund of Lehigh and Northampton counties.
Luther Sewell, Jr.
Luther Sewell, Jr. is the founder of LJS Marketing and Publishing. For 56 years, the LJS Group has published Talk Magazine, the only statewide African-American publication. Through Talk Magazine, Luther helps convene the annual Black History Month Celebration, Pennsylvania African-American Network Convention, the Minority Achievers Reception, and the African-American/Latino Roundtable in Harrisburg. The LJS Group has also consulted on over 25 political campaigns, including the 1968 Presidential campaign.
Senator Tina Tartaglione
Pennsylvania State Senator
Senator Tartaglione has been a vocal advocate for workers and their families, including and especially those with disabilities. She has continued to be a vocal champion of raising the minimum wage, enacting policies to end the gender-wage gap, and protecting benefits for people from all walks of life.
Estebon Vera, Jr.
Business Manager Laborers’ Local 57
Estebon Vera, Jr. serves as the Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 57 and made history when elected in 2016 as Philadelphia’s only Latino labor leader. He was also named a delegate to the Laborer’s Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity. In 2021 he was named to the SEPTA board. He is a veteran of the United States Army.
Dignity & Power Now
Bobby Harris is a social justice advocate and community organizer with Dignity & Power Now, an organization fighting for the dignity and power of incarcerated citizens and their families. He also served as President of the L.I.F.E. Association where he helped create the Unincarcerated Minds Scholarship to help benefit children whose parents were victims of crime. He was integral in organizing the Joint Democratic Policy Committee and PA Legislative Black Caucus hearing at SCI Dallas.
Co-Founder and Director of Social Impact at DACO
Cherron has been a leader in the movement to not just end the prohibition on cannabis, but use the process to produce positive social impacts, particularly in Black and Brown communities. Her work has been key in educating communities of color on the benefits of ending prohibition including entrepreneurship and criminal justice reform positives.
Rep. Dan Williams
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Dan Williams is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, serving since 2018. Prior to being elected, Dan was UPS Supervisor and Teamster. He serves as a Senior Pastor of New Life in Christ Fellowship Church and has been a community activist for over 25 years, spearheading numerous initiatives around gun violence, community-police relations, homelessness, and care packages for service members.
Mayor Derek Slaughter
Mayor of Williamsport
Derek Slaughter has served as the Mayor of Williamsport since 2020. Prior to being elected mayor, Derek was a member of Williamsport City Council. He also served as the head coach of the Williamsport Area High School’s girls’ varsity basketball team and is an adjunct professor of Mathematics at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Wasi Mohamed joined the Pittsburgh Foundation in 2020 as senior policy official. From 2015-2019 Wasi led the Islamic Center of Pittsburg and also served as an executive director of Emgage PA where he organized throughout the Commonwealth. He has also been appointed to the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, Welcoming Pittsburgh Steering Committee, and the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. In all three organizations he was elected chair, and he was also elected to the ACLU Pennsylvania State Board of Directors.
Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee
Salomé Johnson is a member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee from York, Pennsylvania. She has served over 60 years in politics and previously served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
Mayor John Street
Former Mayor of Philadelphia
John Street is the former mayor of Philadelphia, a position he held from 2000-2008. Previously, John Street was a member of Philadelphia City Council for nearly 20 years, rising to the position of City Council President in 1992. He served as City Council President until his election as Mayor.
|Philadelphia||Imam of Masjidalluh|
|Party Leader||Lou Agre||Philadelphia||Philadelphia Ward Leader (21)|
|Advocate||Deja Lynn Alvarez||Philadelphia||Trans Activist|
|Labor Leader||Mike Barnes||
International Vice President of IATSE
|Elected Official||Cindy Bass||Philadelphia||Philadelphia Councilwoman; DNC Member; Philadelphia Ward Leader (22)|
|Business Leader||Darwin Beauvais||Philadelphia||Dilworth Paxson|
|Party leader||Phyllis Bennett||Dauphin||Democratic State Committee, Dauphin County|
|Elected Official||Kevin Boozel||Butler||Butler County Commissioner|
|Labor Leader||Ryan Boyer||Philadelphia||Business Manager of Laborers’ District Council|
|Party leader||Bob Brady||Philadelphia||Former Congressman, Democratic City Committee Chair|
|Party leader||El Amore Brawne||Philadelphia||Philadelphia Ward Leader (37)|
|Labor Leader||Jeff Brooks||Philadelphia||Political Director of the Transport Workers Union Local 234|
|Elected Official||Amen Brown||Philadelphia||State Representative (HD-190)|
|Labor Leader||Willie Brown||
President of the Transport Workers Union Local 234
|Labor Leader||Boise Butler||
President of International Longshoreman’s Association Local 1291
|EMGGAGE PA Chair|
Dr. Zenon Christodoulou
|DNC Member (NJ)|
|Advocate||Elizabeth Coffey-Williams||Philadelphia||Trans Activist|
|Party Leader||Bill Cole||Erie||Former Erie Dems County Chair|
|Clergy||Robert Collier||Philadelphia||President of Philadelphia Black Clergy and Vicinity|
|Business Leader||Henry “Hamid” Collins||Philadelphia||Mecca Unisex Salon|
|Advocate||Asia Coney||Philadelphia||President of PHA Residents Advisory Board|
|Elected Official||Jay Costa||Allegheny||Senate Democratic Leader|
|Business Leader||Will Daniel||Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc.|
|Business Leader||Brigitte Daniel Corbin||Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc.|
|Clergy||Darnell Deans||Philadelphia||Pastor, Venango House Community Center of Praise & Worship|
|Business Leader||Gary DeVito||Zarwin Baum|
|Elected Official||Bill DeWeese||Greene||Former Speaker of the PA House|
|Elected Official||Janet Diaz||Lancaster||Lancaster City Councilwoman|
|Elected Official||Todd Eachus||Luzerne||Former House Democratic Leader|
|Party Leader||Todd Eagen||Lackawanna||DNC Member|
|Clergy||Greg Edwards||Lehigh||Senior Pastor, Resurrected Life Community Church|
|Elected Official||Dwight Evans||Philadelphia||Congressman|
|Business Leader||Darrell Ezell||Philadelphia||CEO of SweetHome HealthCare|
PAK PAC Board Member; Knights Medical Associates
|Clergy||Lewis Felton||Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ|
|Party Leader||Linda Fields||Montgomery||DNC Member|
|Clergy||Mary Floyd Palmer||President of Philadelphia Council of Clergy|
|Elected Official||Brenda Frazier||Allegheny||Former Allegheny County Councilwoman|
|Business Leader||Brett Goldman||Philadelphia||Cannabis Business Owner|
|Business Leader||Jennifer Gomez-Hardy||Philadelphia||Gomez Law Group|
|Party Leader||John Graham||DNC Member (NJ)|
|Party Leader||Dianne Gregg||Centre||Democratic State Committee, Centre County|
|Business Leader||Kevin Greenberg||Philadelphia||Attorney, Greenberg Traurig|
Black Clergy – First African Baptist Church
|Party Leader||Peggy Grove||Dauphin||DNC Member|
|Party Leader||Murat Guzel||Lehigh||DNC Member|
|Elected Official||Rep. Manuel Guzman||Berks||State Representative|
|Labor Leader||James Harper||
Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 413
|Elected Official||Rohan Hepkins||Delaware||Yeadon Borough Mayor|
|Business Leader||Michael Hill||Philadelphia||Synterra Partners|
|Party Leader||Kathy Huggins||Philadelphia||Secretary of Democratic State Committee, Philadelphia|
|Business Leader||David Hyman||Philadelphia||Kleinbard LLC|
|Business Leader||Derrick Jackson||Philadelphia||Fmr. Treasurer of National Association of Realtors|
|Business Leader||Robert Jackson||Philadelphia||Past President of Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors|
|Elected Official||Kenyatta Johnson||Philadelphia||Philadelphia Councilmember; Philadelphia Ward Leader (36)|
|Elected Official||Curtis Jones||Philadelphia||Philadelphia Councilman|
|Elected Official||John Kane||Chester||State Senator|
|Business Leader||Mitchell Kaplan||Zarwin Baum|
|Party Leader||Valerie Kean-Staab||Crawford||Chair of Crawford County Democratic Party|
|Elected Official||Stephen Kinsey||Philadelphia||State Representative|
|Elected Official||Thaddeus Kirkland||Delaware||Mayor of Chester City|
|Elected Official||Shirley Kitchen||Philadelphia||Former State Senator|
|Party Leader||Roberta Laney||Bucks||Democratic State Committee, Bucks County|
|Party Leader||Lindy Li||Philadelphia||DNC Women’s Co-Chair|
|Party Leader||Connie Little||Philadelphia||Former Philadelphia Ward Leader (37)|
|Advocate||Will Mega||Philadelphia||Social Activist|
|Clergy||William Moore||Philadelphia||Past President of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity|
|Business Leader||Shirley Moy||Philadelphia||Workforce Development Advocate, Temple University|
|Clergy||Salaam Muhsin||Philadelphia||Masjid Ullah|
|Business Leader||Mark Nicoletti||Philadelphia||President of Philadelphia Suburban Development Corporation|
|Advocate||Mahn Soon Park||
Korean and American Friendship Society
|Business Leader||Anthony Patterson||
Realty Mark The Diamond Group
|Elected Official||Tony Payton Jr.||Philadelphia||Former State Representative|
|Elected Official||Maria Quiñones-Sánchez||Philadelphia||Philadelphia Councilwoman|
|Business Leader||Elvin Ross||Legis Group LLP|
|Advocate||Robert Rudinsky||Philadelphia||President of Philly NORML|
|Elected Official||John Sabatia||Philadelphia||State Senator|
|Party Leader||John P. Sabatina, Sr.||Philadelphia||Philadelphia Ward Leader (56)|
|Party Leader||Jonathan Saidel||Philadelphia||DNC Member|
|Labor Leader||Mungu Sanchez||Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters|
|Business Leader||Ted Schaer||Philadelphia||Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer, Toddy. P.C.|
|Advocate||Mark Segal||Philadelphia||Publisher of Philadelphia Gay News|
|Business Leader||Luther Sewell||Allegheny||Founder of the LJS Group|
|Business Leader||Ismail Shahid||Philadelphia||Financial Consultant|
|Business Leader||Sandy Sheller||Philadelphia||Sheller, Ludwig & Badey|
|Advocate||Darryl Shuler||Philadelphia||Anti-Violence Advocate|
|Business Leader||Al Spivey||Philadelphia||Mercury|
|Labor Leader||Sam Staten, Jr.||Philadelphia||Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 332|
|Business Leader||Stanley Straughter||Philadelphia||African & Caribbean Community Advocate|
|Elected Official||Tina Tartaglione||Philadelphia||State Senator (SD-2); Philadelphia Ward Leader (62)|
|Elected Official||Mike Veon||Beaver||Former House Democratic Whip|
|Labor Leader||Estebon Vera||Philadelphia||Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 57|
|Advocate||Mel Wells||Philadelphia||President of ODAAT Recovery Center|
|Ward Leader||Gary Williams||Philadelphia||Philadelphia Ward Leader (32)|
|Elected Official||Anthony Williams||Philadelphia||Senate Democratic Whip|
|Elected Official||Cornell Wilson||Lebanon||Former Lebanon City Councilmember|
|Business Leader||Bill Wilson||Philadelphia||Synterra Ltd|
|Party Leader||Sandy Wolfe||Cumberland||Democratic State Committee, Cumberland County|
|Business Leader||Joseph Zuritsky||Philadelphia||Chairman and CEO of Parkway Corporation|
|Party Leader||Louise Bundy||Philadelphia||Former Ward Leader (47)|
|Elected Official||Jannie Blackwell||Philadelphia||Former Philadelphia City Councilwoman, Ward Leader (46)|
|Elected Official||Rep. Dan Williams||Chester||State Representative (HD-74)|
|Party Leader||Elaine Tomlin||Philadelphia||Former Philadelphia Ward Leader (42)|
|Advocate||Bobby Harris||Philadelphia||Social Justice Advocate|
|Advocate||Wasi Mohamed||Allegheny||Immigrant Rights Advocate|
|Advocate||Cherron Perry-Thomas||Philadelphia||Co-Founder of DACO|
|Elected Official||John Street||Philadelphia||Former Mayor of Philadelphia|
|Elected Official||Derek Slaughter||Lycoming||Mayor of Williamsport|
|Party Leader||Salomé Johnson||York||Democratic State Committee, York County|
|Party Leader||Karen Moski||Erie||Democratic State Committee, Erie County|
|Party Leader||Donna Aument||Philadelphia||Philadelphia Ward Leader (33)|
|Business Leader||Johnny Nguyen||Philadelphia|