Exploratory Committee

Featured Members

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

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

Cindy Bass

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.

Ryan Boyer

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.

Phyllis Bennett

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.

Mark Segal

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

DNC Member

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.

Janet Diaz

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.

Asia Coney

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.

Brenda Frazier

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

Shirley Moy

Temple University

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

Maria Quiñones-Sanchez

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.

Greg Edwards

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.

LJS

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.

Bobby Harris

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.

Cherron Perry-Thomas

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.

Wasi Mohamed

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.

Salomé Johnson

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.

All Members

Type Name County Affiliation
Clergy
Muhammad Abdul-Aleem
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
Advocate
Abdul-Mughees Chawdre
EMGGAGE PA Chair
Party Leader
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
Advocate Umar Farooq
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
Clergy Terrence Griffith
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
Clergy Larry Richardson Philadelphia Pastor
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)
Carol Tinari Philadelphia Philanthropist
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