Young, old or somewhere in the middle, they‘re united by a passion to foster democratic engagement.
David Thornburgh, President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy. Thornburgh is Managing Director of Draw the Lines. He is an accomplished and respected civic entrepreneur who has been running public-private civic organizations for almost 30 years. Before coming to the Committee of Seventy in 2014, he led the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, the graduate program in public policy and public management. For 12 years before that he led the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, which spearheaded important regional initiatives to increase college attainment, grow jobs, slow suburban sprawl, and build support for arts and culture. A lifelong Pennsylvanian, he is also the second son of former Republican Gov. and US Attorney General Dick Thornburgh.
Chris Satullo, Project Director. Satullo is an experienced journalist and civic engagement leader, having been a news executive at the Philadelphia Inquirer and WHYY public media and a co-founder of the Penn Project for Civic Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania. He also co-led the 2011 Fix Philly Districts mapping contest. He has recently been working with Seventy as a freelance civic engagement consultant.
Justin Villere, Chief of Staff. Villere has completed various freelance project management assignments with Seventy since 2016, including American Experiments and Voices of Voting, both produced during the Democratic National Convention. Villere previously served as the managing director of Bike & Build, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that engaged young adults in volunteer service through long-distance cycling events.
Corinna Wilson, Central PA Coordinator. Wilson has over 25 years of experience as a corporate lawyer, lobbyist and trade association and not-for-profit senior manager. She is also a media and communications professional, having worked in newspapers and on television; most recently, she was vice president for content and on-air host at Pennsylvania Cable Network, the “C-Span” of Pennsylvania. Notable among her achievements was her lead role advocating successful passage of a major overhaul of the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know law in 2008. She has her own consulting firm in Harrisburg, Wilson500, Inc. She is proud of co-founding the Capitol All-Stars legislative softball game and the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum.
Rachel Colker, Western PA Coordinator. Colker has over 20 years experience managing programs and projects for some of PIttsburgh’s leading arts and cultural nonprofit organizations. Trained as a historian and archivist, she worked for many years at the Heinz History Center as a researcher, curator and project coordinator. Her passion for storytelling led her to filmmaking and a position as Managing Director of Film Pittsburgh, a local film-presenting nonprofit, where she guided the organization’s significant growth through expanded programming, creative community building and effective patron engagement. Pittsburgh’s past, and the value of everyone’s voice in our collective story, is championed by Rachel through her current work as a nonprofit project manager, consulting historian and freelance writer.
Linda Breitstein, Eastern PA Coordinator. Breitstein worked as project manager and outreach coordinator for the Penn Project for Civic Engagement. Prior to joining PPCE in 2008, she worked as public relations director for WSBK-TV in Boston, and media consultant to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She also has worked as an editorial assistant for CBS’s “60 Minutes” in Paris, and as a special-education teacher’s assistant in Israel. Breitstein brings her expertise in community outreach to engage a wide range of stakeholders—from parents in beleaguered school districts to taxpayers in financially strapped municipalities. Her success at building connections with disenfranchised or disaffected groups by bringing them to the table when they might just as easily have walked away has been a key part of PPCE’s success at turning civic dialogue into innovative action plans.
Ben Stern, Coro Fellow. Stern is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University and is a current Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. He is interested in the nexus of politics, technology, and education. Ben initially became interested in gerrymandering after taking his first undergraduate political science course. Since then, he has performed policy research utilizing several mapping tools, primarily GIS. As a Pittsburgh native, he understands how Pennsylvania has been affected by gerrymandering and is excited to continue working in his home state in service to democracy.
Grace Palladino, Schools Coordinator. Palladino is a veteran educator in the School District of Philadelphia, having taught history and civics at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) for nearly a decade. Grace’s interest in civics education inspired her to start a monthly show called Civics on Tap where she teaches adults fundamentals of civics across the Philadelphia region. Grace will be teaching an Education for Liberation course at Temple University and working on a book version of Civics on Tap this fall. She brings a wealth of creativity and passion to Draw the Lines. She is coordinating DTL’s outreach to secondary school teachers and administrators.
The Draw the Lines website was designed by P'unk Avenue, a Philadelphia web development firm.
Web production done by Don Henry and Denis Devine.
The DistrictBuilder mapping tool is a product of Azavea, a Philadelphia mapping/GIS firm.
Social media consulting for Draw the Lines done by Witty Gritty.
Thanks also to Committee of Seventy digital fellows Andy Tisdale and Adrienne Hines.