The DTL team was united by a passion to foster democratic engagement.
David Thornburgh, former President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, chair of Draw the Lines. Thornburgh served as President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy from 2014-2021. He is an accomplished and respected civic entrepreneur who has been running public-private civic organizations for 30 years. Before coming to C70, 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.
Justin Villere, DTL Managing Director. Villere has managed multiple projects with C70 since 2016, including Draw the Lines, American Experiments, Voices of Voting, and Ballot PA. 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. He's an avid endurance athlete.
Draw the Lines works with Denny Civic Solutions, a communications consulting firm out of Pittsburgh.
Chris Satullo, the project’s co-founder, was an inspiration and powerful creative force behind the creation of Draw the Lines. Under his direction, Draw the Lines grew from a plucky start-up to one with statewide credibility and presence.
Other former staff, like Linda Breitstein, Rachel Colker, Corinna Wilson, Aleina Smith, Amy Worden, Shannon Wink, and Don Henry played vital roles in building the project, as did core Committee of Seventy staff Pat Christmas, Lauren Cristella, Dan Bright, and Paul Droesch.
Our regional steering committees were incredibly helpful in introducing Draw the Lines to funders, educators, and other civic leaders. Former US Attorney Fred Thieman and former Superior Court Judge Maureen Lally-Green led the committee in the western region, former State Sen. Mike Brubaker and Rev. Sandra Strauss, Director of Advocacy for the PA Council of Churches, pitched in in the central region; and former PA Governor Mark Schweiker and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition Sharmain Matlock-Turner held down the fort in the east.
Draw the Lines was funded almost exclusively by Pennsylvania-based foundations, including the William Penn Foundation, Hillman Family Foundations, the Heinz Endowments, the Benedum Foundation, the Grable Foundation, the Independence Foundation, the Posner Foundation, and the Pittsburgh Foundation. They provided nearly all of the $2.5 million that sustained this project over the last five years.
The Draw the Lines website was designed by P'unk Avenue, a Philadelphia web development firm.