Co-chairs: Sharmain Matlock-Turner and former Gov. Mark Schweiker
Sharmain Matlock-Turner, Co-Chair
President & CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition
Sharmain Matlock-Turner is the President and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition. She began her tenure in March of 1999, with the special distinction of being the first woman to lead the Coalition. The Urban Affairs Coalition, formerly GPUAC, unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the region. In partnership with a diverse Board of Directors, made up of business, nonprofit and community leaders, Matlock-Turner and her team of managers and more than 350 employees create partnerships and build consensus to help families reduce poverty and reach the middle class. The organization’s efforts are focused in four areas: improving life chances for youth and young adults; building wealth in low income communities; forging strategic partnerships and strengthening the nonprofit sector through fiscal sponsorship. Matlock-Turner is co-founder and chair of the twenty-year-old West Oak Lane Charter School.
Hon. Mark S. Schweiker, Co-Chair
Chief Corporate Development Officer and Senior Vice President, Renmatix, Inc.
The Hon. Mark S. Schweiker served as the 44th Governor of Pennsylvania and as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2001. Currently, Schweiker is the Chief Corporate Development Officer and Senior Vice President at Renmatix, Inc. After concluding formal public service, he led a unified regional business community as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Together, they pursued an aggressive business advocacy, jobs and economy-building agenda for Greater Philadelphia. His civic work continues as a Senior Advisor to the Government & Public Affairs practice of the law firm Stradley Ronon and Board Member, Emeritus of the non-profit Network of Victims Assistance based in Bucks County.
Committee of Seventy Board Member, Former General Counsel of Pennsylvania
Barbara Adams served as the Executive Vice President—legal affairs and General Counsel of the Philadelphia Housing Authority from August 2011 to April 2016, and as a Trustee of each of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Retirement Income Trust and the Philadelphia Housing Authority Defined Contribution Pension Plan from November 2011 to April 2016. She served as the General Counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 2005 until January 2011. Prior to that, Adams was a Partner at the law firm of Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia, focusing her practice on taxable and tax-exempt public finance, affordable housing development matters, state and local government law, energy law and campaign finance law. Adams previously served as the policy committee co-Chair on housing, in then Governor-elect Edward G. Rendell’s transition team. She is a charter Member of the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law of the American Bar Association and is a Member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.
Thomas J. Baldino
Professor of Political Science, Wilkes University
Thomas J. Baldino is a professor of political science at Wilkes University. He has served as interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as chairperson of the political science department and division of social sciences. His teaching and research interests include legislative politics, parties and elections, and Pennsylvania government and politics. Baldino serves as a faculty associate to the Legislative Office of Research Liaison of the PA House of Representatives and as the associate editor of Commonwealth, the journal of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association. He has published two books, and is currently working on a manuscript on Pennsylvania government and politics. His research has also appeared in political science and history journals, political encyclopedias, and in many conference papers over his thirty-year career.
Regional Northeast Coordinator, Fair Districts PA
Christopher Bednar is the regional coordinator for Fair Districts. He leads a team of over 300 volunteers in the eight counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Bednar implements the organization’s legislative and communications strategy, including maintaining contacts with the local media to deliver consistent coverage over gerrymandering reform. He previously worked at NextGen as Deputy Regional Field Director where he registered and mobilized students to vote, tripling turnout at East Stroudsburg University.
Steven Scott Bradley
Executive Director & CEO, Bradley & Bradley Associates
Steven Scott Bradley is the president and CEO of Bradley & Bradley Associates, a Philadelphia-based commercial, property, and risk management firm. With over 30 years of insurance industry experience, Bradley has extensive diversified underwriting, sales, marketing, risk management, and claims experience. Prior to founding Bradley and Bradley Associates. in 2001, he previously served as the vice president of sales and marketing and president and CEO of Watlington & Cooper– one of the oldest and largest minority brokerage firms in the United States – for 15 years.
Karen A. Clifford
Northeastern PA Technology Executive & Community Leader
Karen A. Clifford is a high energy, technology executive and community leader dedicated to serving Northeastern PA. Starting her career with Verizon Communications, Clifford tirelessly worked to support local NEPA business in their early telecom endeavors through the early stages of the internet. Leaving Verizon in 2003, she moved on to be the Vice President of Sales for Software Engineering Associates where she once again helped set the foundation for the next wave of information technologies in NEPA. She has served on more than a dozen boards in the Scranton region, including leadership roles on the Boards of NET Federal Credit Union, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Scranton Counseling Center, St. Joseph’s Foundation and Auxiliary, St. Francis Kitchen, LaFesta Italiana as well as Scranton Area Foundation.
Nyron N. Crawford
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Temple University
Nyron N. Crawford is an assistant professor of Political Science at Temple University. His teaching and research activities are in American politics, with attention to the psychology of political behavior, identity, and urban politics & problems. Crawford is currently a LEEAD Evaluation Scholar with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, an associate with the Rutgers Institute on Anti-Corruption Studies, and an affiliate with the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network.
President & CEO, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation
Don Cunningham has been president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation since July 2012. Prior to leading the region’s economic development organization, he served in a variety of key public and private positions for more than two decades. Cunningham was twice-elected Mayor of Bethlehem, twice-elected Lehigh County Executive, and the appointed Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of General Services in Governor Ed Rendell’s administration. He also served as President of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and as a member of Bethlehem City Council.
Montgomery County Leader, Fair Districts PA
Kate Doyle has been volunteering with Fair Districts PA since January 2017. She is currently the lead for Montgomery County in Southeast PA. Doyle has her MBA from Villanova and earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2016. She worked for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals for 12 years until 2010. Doyle is currently home with her two daughters, ages 5 and 8. She also volunteers with the Center for Loss and Bereavement, Phoenixville Hospital’s Postpartum Adjustment Group, and Evans Elementary Home and School Association.
Chair of Board, Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation
Myra Forrest serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation. Dr. Forrest served as superintendent of the Owen J. Roberts School District, Chester County, Pottstown, PA from 2005-2009. Forrest was formerly Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Staff Development for the Pottstown School District. Forrest was Executive Director for the Foundation for Pottstown Education until her retirement in December 2016. She was formerly an Associate Professor of Education at Immaculata University teaching in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. In 2015, she was asked to be part of a White House Committee chaired by Jill Biden called “Heads up America,” a movement to make Community College tuition free for students in financial need. In 2018, Forrest received the Tri-County Network’s Legacy Award for Leadership for lifetime service in Community Outreach.
Commissioner-at-Large, Lehigh County
Piano teacher Amanda Holt was appointed to fill a Commissioner-at-Large vacancy in July 2014. A native of Lehigh County, Holt is best known for her efforts on state redistricting, which eventually led her to a historic victory before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2012. That same year, Holt was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Patriot News and was honored by American Association of the University of Women (AAUW) with their Impact Award. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Public Service Achievement Award from Common Cause and received a Key to the City from West Chester, Pennsylvania in appreciation for her work in redistricting.
Rector, Saint Martin-in-the-Fields
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel is an Episcopal Priest and the Rector of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Philadelphia. Prior to St. Martin’s, Jarrett served as Executive Director of The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County in Trenton, New Jersey and before that ministered in a variety of roles for 12 years in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. He formerly served as the co-chair of Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER), is a board member of Teen Uprise, and is active in Heeding God’s Call, a gun violence prevention organization. Jarrett is an Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he co-teaches a regular class on Faith Based Community Organizing,
Executive Director, Code for Philly
Ms. McDougall is Executive Director of Code for Philly. She leads the development of the organization as well as maintains the community of civic hackers and civic tech projects. The mission of Code for Philly is to use tech and data as a mode of civic engagement. Dawn also works as a product marketing associate for GovDelivery. As a product marketing associate, she translates the technical intricacies of software products into understandable, actionable tasks.
Curriculum Specialist, School District of Philadelphia
Yaasiyn Muhammad currently serves as a Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for the School District of Philadelphia. As a Philadelphia native, who proudly touts the city’s best qualities, Muhammad sees it as essential to work on the improvement of educational opportunities in Philadelphia. He has served Philadelphia’s students in grades K-12 since 2009, he has done this as a summer instructor for the non-profits Education Works and Steppingstone Scholars, and as a history teacher at Northeast High School, Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School, and Central High School. Muhammad’s specialty is 17th-19th century American History, and he has worked collaboratively with peers to develop and improve U.S. and African American History curricula throughout his career.
Jennifer I. Rodríguez
President & CEO, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Jennifer I. Rodríguez is the President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC). Prior to joining GPHCC, she was appointed by Mayor Michael A. Nutter as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs. In this capacity, Rodríguez oversaw the implementation of policies and programs that have placed Philadelphia among the most welcoming cities in the nation. Under her leadership, Philadelphia was recognized at the 2014 National Immigrant Integration Conference as one of the most immigrant-friendly cities in the country. Other notable accomplishments under her leadership include the creation of policies aimed at improving community-police relationships; protecting immigrants from fraudulent service providers; and a charter amendment expanding language access services to persons of Limited English Proficiency.
Professor of Political Science, Drexel University
William L. Rosenberg is a Professor of Political Science at Drexel University. He has taught applied research methods techniques at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Rosenberg has been a research consultant for a variety of public and private organizations within the city, region and nation. He is also a regular analyst for television, radio, and newspapers. He served as a campaign analyst for CNN and the BBC during the 2008 Presidential election. In addition to these appearances, Rosenberg served as the debate analyst for POTUS XM Channel 130 after the Democratic and Republican debates in 2008 and 2012, as well as through the presidential elections. He continues to serve there as well other media outlets as a political analyst.
Computer Consultant, Helient Systems
Matthew Schaeffer is a computer consultant for Helient Systems in Philadelphia, where he deploys customized computer systems and applications for large and mid-sized law firms. Schaeffer has been involved with Fair Districts PA’s campaign to create an independent citizens' redistricting commission in Pennsylvania. Schaeffer is an alumnus of the political science department at Lebanon Valley College and grew up near Hershey, PA.
Shaquita A. Smith
Curriculum Specialist, School District of Philadelphia
Shaquita A. Smith currently serves as a Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for the School District of Philadelphia. She has been developing curriculum for the district for three years, first as a part of the ELA curriculum development team, then as part of the Science curriculum development team. In addition to developing curriculum, she is also dedicated to supporting principals and instructors with advancing content knowledge, pedagogical skills and instructional underpinnings through professional developments, one-on-one conferencing, and partnerships.
Manager of Development and Communications, SEAMAAC (Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition)
Andy Toy joined SEAMAAC, a non-profit organization serving immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia area as the Development and Communications Manager. He focuses on searching for new grant opportunities, building new collaborative efforts and enhancing it’s external communications effort. Toy’s resume includes nearly 30 years of experience in public and urban policy, city government with a focus on community and economic development, real estate, and community outreach. He has served as Managing Director of the Eastern Tower Community Center for Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, Senior Director of Business Development for The Enterprise Center, Manager within Philadelphia’s City Commerce Department and has been a Candidate for Philadelphia’s City Council.