Reverend Jesse Jackson
Founder & President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice.
Maryland State Senator
State Senator Catherine Pugh is the president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and Majority Leader of the Maryland Senate. She is also the Democratic nominee for Mayor of Baltimore. She is a leading voice on urban policy in the United States.
Vincent J. Hughes
Pennsylvania State Senator
State Senator Vincent J. Hughes is the Democratic Chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the Pennsylvania Senate. He represents the 7th Senatorial District, which includes parts of West Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Senator Hughes has been a longtime champion of social and economic justice.
Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress
Winnie Stachelberg is the Executive Vice President for External Affairs at the Center for American Progress. Stachelberg is an innovator and strategic manager with more than 20 years of experience working in progressive institutions on a variety of policy challenges. While at American Progress, she has helped launch a variety of programs, including the organization’s immigration policy program and several teams she continues to oversee: the LGBT Research and Communications Project, gun-violence prevention work, and the Half in Ten antipoverty campaign.
President, 32BJ Service Employees International Union
Héctor J. Figueroa was elected President of 32BJ Service Employees International Union, the largest property services union in the country, in 2012. 32BJ represents more than 145,000 property service workers – window cleaners, superintendents, doormen, maintenance workers, cleaners, porters and security officers – in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Brian A. Hudson, Sr.
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Brian A. Hudson, Sr. is the executive director and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. The Agency is the Commonwealth’s leading provider of capital for affordable homes and apartments, and is one of the largest housing agencies in America. Since its creation in 1972, PHFA has generated more than ten billion dollars of funding for more than 150,000 single family mortgage loans and 85,000 rental units, and has saved the homes of 46,000 families from foreclosure.
Marc H. Morial
President and Chief Executive Officer, Marc H. Morial
Entrepreneur. Lawyer. Professor. Legislator. Mayor. President, U.S. Conference of Mayors. CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization. In a distinguished professional career that has spanned 25 years, Marc Morial has performed all of these roles with excellence, and is one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation.
Judge Greg Mathis
Judge Greg Mathis is a retired Michigan 36th District Court judge and syndicated televisionshow arbiter on the long-running reality courtroom show Judge Mathis. Produced in Chicago, Illinois, the program has been on the air since 1999 and is currently into its 17th season as of September 7, 2015. Mathis boasts the longest reign of any African American presiding as a court show judge, beating out Judge Joe Brown whose program lasted 15 seasons. Mathis is also the second longest serving television arbitrator ever, behind Judith Sheindlin of Judge Judy.
President and CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition
Sharmain Matlock-Turner is the President and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition. She began her tenure at the Coalition in March of 1999, with a special distinction as the first woman to lead in the organization’s 47-year history. The Urban Affairs Coalition, formerly GPUAC, unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the region.
Stephen S. Tang
President and CEO, University City Science Center
Dr. Tang became President and CEO of the University City Science Center, the nation’s oldest and largest urban research park, in 2008. Dr. Tang is the first president in the Science Center’s history to have not only led a company through venture funding and an initial public offering, but to also serve as a senior executive with a large life sciences company as it acquired and integrated smaller start-ups.
President, National Organization for Women
Terry O’Neill, a feminist attorney, professor and activist for social justice, was elected president of NOW in June 2009. She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chair of the NOW Political Action Committee, and serves as the principal spokesperson for all three entities. O’Neill oversees NOW’s multi-issue agenda, which includes: advancing reproductive rights and justice, promoting racial justice, stopping violence against women, winning civil and human rights for the LGBTQIA community, ensuring economic justice, ending sex discrimination and achieving constitutional equality for women.
Bishop Dwayne Royster
Political Director, National PICO Network
Bishop Royster is the executive director of the National PICO Network, a a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities. Since 1972 PICO has successfully worked to increase access to health care, improve public schools, make neighborhoods safer, build affordable housing, redevelop communities and revitalize democracy.
Ryan N. Boyer
Business Manager, Laborers’ District Council
Ryan N. Boyer is a lifetime Philadelphia resident. After graduating from Roxborough High School in 1989, Ryan received a full academic scholarship to West Chester University, where he majored in Business Management. When he left West Chester, he began working for BRIJTS, Inc. a real estate investment company that focused on rehabbing and selling properties to help make Philadelphia a more beautiful city. In 1995, Ryan joined Laborers’ Local 332 as a journeymen laborer. In 2000 he became the assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer. In July 2003, Ryan became Secretary-Treasurer of Local 332, a union of over 3000 members.
Founder, President and CEO, Brown's Super Stores
Jeffrey Brown is the founder, President and CEO of Brown’s Super Stores, Inc., a twelve-store supermarket chain trading under both the ShopRite and Fresh Grocer banners. Under Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Mr. Brown is an Officer and Member of the Workforce Investment Board, a Member of the Advisory Board on Education and Workforce Development, a Member of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. Mr. Brown is also an Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association and Chairman of the Philadelphia Youth Network.
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