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Beginning January 2024, Generocity will host monthly Community Newsrooms across Philadelphia, Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties on the last Saturday of each month. This initiative will feature onsite interviews, video testimony activations, solutions journalism/community narrative training classes, and when possible engaging neighborhood tours.

Our goal is to connect with the community and capture stories and voices that amplify the experiences and needs that often go unheard.

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March Community Newsroom

 

March 30, 2024
12pm – 3pm
Norristown Library
1o01 Powell Street
Norristown, PA 19401

 

 

February Community Newsroom (rescheduled)

March 9, 2024
12pm – 3pm
Community Narrative Workshop
1pm to 2pm
Keystone First Wellness and Opportunity Center
1929 W 9th St
Chester, PA 19013

 

January Community Newsroom

 

January 27, 2024
11am – 3pm
Community Narrative Workshop
12pm to 2pm
NOMO West
4077 Lancaster Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123

 

Stay tuned for future locations and opportunities

Publisher and Editor

Monique Curry-Mims ( @civiccapital / Send an email ) Monique Curry-Mims is the Principal and Founder of Civic Capital, an international social impact firm that supports communities and the organizations that serve them through consulting, cultivation, and content. A transplant from Upstate New York and graduate of Philadelphia University (now Jefferson) and The Pennsylvania State University, Monique is a philanthropist who spends her down time at the Float Spa or with her husband and two kids having movie or game nights.

Technically Media Events Director

Molly Rose ( @ / Send an email ) Molly Rose is the Events Director of Technically Media, overseeing the company’s events strategy. Previously, she was the Northeast Events and Marketing Manager for ALM, a legal publication and events company. Before that, the Virginia native had been the events manager for a restaurant and catering company.

CEO

Christopher Wink ( @christopherwink / Send an email ) Christopher Wink is the cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Technically Media, which publishes Generocity.org and local tech news and events network Technical.ly. In that capacity, he is a lead organizer of Philly Tech Week and Baltimore Innovation Week, among other events that bring smart people together. Previously, he worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter. He writes frequently about media and entrepreneurship on his personal blog at christopherwink.com and tweets @christopherwink. The Temple University alumnus is a bicycle commuter and resident of the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Editor

Sabrina Vourvoulias ( @followthelede / Send an email ) Sabrina Vourvoulias was the editor of Generocity.org from February 2019 until November 2021. Previous to joining the team, she worked as managing editor of a number of English- and Spanish-language Philadelphia-area news organizations, where her work has earned everything from José Martí awards to an Emmy. She is also a novelist and short fiction writer. Born in Thailand and raised in Guatemala, she has lived in Chester County with her family for the past two decades.

Operations Coordinator

Celeste Sumo ( @celesteinthecity / Send an email ) Celeste Sumo is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in American Studies and History. After college she traveled across America doing community service and volunteerism. She loves team building activities and making new friends. In her spare time, Celeste can be found hula hooping in her backyard, hanging out at the public library, and becoming the social activist she always wanted to be.

Contributors

Zari Tarazona ( @ / Send an email ) Zari Tarazona is a journalism student at Temple University. She is obsessed with cats, tv shows and breakfast foods. Zari plans to stay in the city after she graduates next spring and continue freelance writing. She grew up in a small town, which was nice, but she prefers the city.

Will Bleier ( @ / Send an email ) Will Bleier is a graduate of Temple University's Klein College of Media and Communication.

VP of Philadelphia Initiatives

Vincent Better ( @ / Send an email ) Vincent Better is the VP of Philadelphia Initiatives at Technically Media. Previous to joining the team, he served as an independent consultant and the VP of Digital Solutions at Pennlive.com, one of the leading digital properties in the state of PA. His strategy experience transcends both national brands and small, local businesses. The native of Baltimore and Temple alum also enjoys cycling and live music.

Valerie Johnson ( @ / Send an email ) Valerie Johnson, MBA, CFRE, joined Pathways to Housing PA as director of institutional advancement in 2018. She co-hosts a podcast, Beyond Philanthropy, alongside Monique Curry-Mims. Valerie also worked as a fundraiser for Council for Relationships, Valley Youth House, and the American Association for Cancer Research. Valerie serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals board of directors as vice president of education and professional development and has been a featured speaker for PANO, NTEN, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, AFP GPC, and AFP Brandywine. She's mom to cats Agador and Spartacus, and studied marketing at Drexel University.

Valerie Hoke ( @valperiepal / Send an email ) Valerie Hoke is a freelance writer and contributor to Technical.ly Philly and Generocity. Originally from Phoenix, Ariz., she spends her time tweeting about space and carving out a spot in her new home of Philadelphia.

Tivoni Devor ( @tivonidevor / Send an email ) Tivoni Devor, MBA, has spent his entire career in the nonprofit sector. While working for diverse institutions in many roles, Tivoni has often found himself developing earned revenue models and designing strategic partnerships. Tivoni currently works as the Manager of Partnerships and Outreach at the Urban Affairs Coalition, where he helps social entrepreneurs leverage fiscal sponsorship to jumpstart their nonprofit endeavors. Tivoni Devor lives in Point Breeze with his wife Jennifer and daughter Ava. The thoughts and content of his columns are his and his alone.

Tauhid Chappell ( @ / Send an email ) An eight-year veteran of the media industry, and a resume that includes stints at the Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer, Tauhid is also an executive board member and parliamentarian of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists,oldest association of Black journalists in the country (the chapter responsible for founding the National Association of Black Journalists.) Through PABJ, he launched two cannabis conferences, the Color of Cannabis and the CannAtlantic Conference, both which focused on media, equity and policy in the cannabis space. Tauhid is now a Project Manager for the media policy organization Free Press. He works directly with Philly community organizations and journalists to center community perspectives, expertise and solutions on policing and the criminal legal system, and away from oppressive institutions like police departments.

Steve Volk ( @ / Send an email ) Steve Volk is an investigative solutions reporter, at Resolve Philly. He has been a journalist in Philly since 2002.

Stephanie Ostroff ( @ / Send an email ) Stephanie Ostroff works for the School District of Philadelphia as a speech-language pathologist. Prior to that, she was an English teacher in Italy, study abroad coordinator and journalism student. She calls West Philly home.

Shalon Baylis ( @ / Send an email ) Shalon Baylis is a freelance writer interested in nonprofits, arts and culture, and social impact. On her own time, she likes to imagine concept videos, dance and explore.

Sekinah Brodie ( @ / Send an email ) Sekinah Brodie is a front-end developer and graphic designer who creates content on a number of different platforms. She is passionate about representing black girl magic and inspiring other young people.

Sam Markowitz ( @ / Send an email ) Sam Markowitz is the Production Manager for Technical.ly. Previously, he had several years of experience in video and media, most recently as a production manager for Tweed Video. He is an alum of NYU and the NBC Page Program. When not working, you can find Sam cooking delicious vegan food, making terrible puns, and attending concerts. He owns an appropriate number of cats.

Sabrina Emms ( @ / Send an email ) Sabrina Emms is a science journalist, living in Fishtown. She got her start as an intern at WHYY’s The Pulse. Before that she worked as a researcher, looking at the way bones are formed. When out of the lab and away from her computer, she's moonlighted as a pig vet's assistant and a bagel baker. She likes writing about science, health, and the people stuck in between the two.

Richard Petts ( @ / Send an email ) Richard J. Petts is Professor of Sociology at Ball State University. His research focuses on family inequalities, focusing on parental leave, father involvement, and workplace flexibility as policies and practices that can reduce gender inequality and improve family well-being. He is a member of the International Network on Leave Policies & Research and Co-Editor of the journal Community, Work & Family. He has published over 30 manuscripts in academic journals such as American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Journal of Marriage and Family, and his work has been featured in numerous media outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, and Bloomberg.

Rachel Avery ( @ / Send an email )

Peak Johnson ( @ / Send an email ) Dominique “Peak” Johnson is a North Philadelphia native and a graduate of The Community College of Philadelphia and Temple University. His writing began in 2002 when he worked for the Project HOME's publication, The North Philly Metropolis. Currently, Johnson contributes to Geekadelphia, The Nerd Convocation, The Huffington Post and Water Online.

Paige Gross ( @ / Send an email ) Paige Gross joined the Technically Media team as Philly’s lead reporter in June 2019 after spending two years as a breaking news and crime reporter. She’s a graduate of Temple University where she studied journalism and history, and edited the student-run newspaper, The Temple News.

OSA Vendors ( @ / Send an email ) One Step Away Vendors Jeff, Eric, Tammy and Randall contributed to this interview, as well as One Step Away Social Enterprise Manager Jim Irby. Our team of staff and vendors is dedicated to sharing stories that impact all Philadelphians, with a focus on firsthand accounts of experiences of homelessness. Vendors sell their work, poems, stories and articles throughout Philadelphia for a dollar donation.

Nick Pipitone ( @ / Send an email ) Nick Pipitone was born and raised in Delaware County, where he lives and writes now. He graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree, and he currently works as a business writer. He enjoys writing, books and Phillies baseball (no matter what their record is).

Nick Gandolfo-Lucia ( @ / Send an email ) Nick Gandolfo-Lucia is a filmmaker and freelance journalist living in West Philadelphia. His work has been featured on Generocity and FloTrack, and he was recently an intern on WHYY's Friday Arts. He uses his free time to dream up experimental films about illness and narrativity.

Nia Dickens ( @ / Send an email ) Nia Dickens is a writer and recent transplant to Philadelphia. She received a Fulbright grant in 2015 and spent two years teaching English in Europe. When she's not busy acclimating back to the fact that everything is open on Sundays, she's catching up on endless hours of TV, especially Jane the Virgin.

Office Manager

Na'Tosha Wyles ( @ / Send an email ) Na’Tosha Wyles is the Office Manager for Technically Media. Prior to joining Technically, she worked in public relations, customer service, video production, and media. Her most recent position was as an Order Management Specialist for Comcast Business and Retention Specialist for Comcast Cable. Over the span of her five years in that position, she further strengthened her professional skills. She is an alum of Rider University, and is originally from New Jersey but resides in Philadelphia. When not working Na’Tosha does stand up and sketch comedy in different cities. She also enjoys watching and creating indie films.

Michael Butler ( @ / Send an email ) Michael Butler is a reporter for Technical.ly Philly and a Report For America fellow for 2020-2021. He graduated from Temple University in 2016. He grew up in Augusta, Georgia, as part of a military family and moved around several times over the course of his life. As a freelance journalist, he has contributed to platforms like National Public Radio affiliate WHYY and reported on culture and the arts for publications like Okayplayer and Remezcla. In 2019, he was one of the recipients of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism’s inaugural Next Generation Award grant. Later that year, he was selected by the Maynard Institute for Journalism to be a Maynard 200 fellow.

Melissa Skolnick ( @ / Send an email ) Melissa Beatriz Skolnick is a writer and documentary filmmaker who believes in the power of cultural organizing. Since 2010, she has been working with nonprofits and arts organizations throughout Philadelphia, while using a range of tools for community building and storytelling. Melissa is currently pursuing her Ph.D in social welfare at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she also holds a Master of Social Work degree.

Melissa Simpson ( @ / Send an email ) Melissa Simpson is a freelance journalist, blogger, writer, IT specialist and Temple University student. The Philly native began her freelance career in 2012 and has since written for XPN's The Key, Jump magazine, PhillyVoice, Technical.ly Philly, Philly.com and Generocity. Melissa explores her creative writing skills through prose, short stories and creative nonfiction. Much of her work relates to blackness and contemporary womanhood. In addition to her work as a writer, she assists with event planning and programming for cineSPEAK, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the representation of people of color in media.

Melissa Rowe ( @ / Send an email ) Melissa A. Rowe, M.Ed., is founder of Capture Greatness! — A Scholarship Writing & College Coaching Initiative. A writer, educator, and entrepreneur, when she’s not working with students, Melissa lends her expertise to other socially conscious entrepreneurs. She’s a Philadelphia native who holds two Temple degrees and has a huge heart for passion projects. You can find Melissa on LinkedIn or in a local bakery ordering cupcakes.

Melissa Ostroff ( @ / Send an email ) Melissa Ostroff is a policy communications strategist and freelance writer. Melissa currently works in the Division of Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and previously served as communications director to State Senator Art Haywood. Prior to her work in communications, Melissa assisted low-income Philadelphians seeking affordable immigration, housing and family legal services.

Maya Aphornsuvan ( @ / Send an email ) Maya Aphornsuvan is originally from Thailand and now lives in Philadelphia. Her interests include politics, religion, immigration and local news.

Max Marin ( @ / Send an email ) Max Marin is a Philly-based journalist and editor. H​e has written for​​​​​ AL DÍA News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, PlanPhilly and other​ ​local ​publications​​. ​He previously worked in the Middle East​.​

Martín Martínez ( @ / Send an email ) Martín Martínez is a nonprofit communications professional who got his start as a journalist. With experience as a reporter in markets as large as Philadelphia, and as small as Dalton, Georgia, Martín is passionate about community-based journalism. He resides in Wilmington, Delaware where he works as the communications coordinator of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

Marta Rusek ( @ / Send an email ) I have had the pleasure of working for some of the most prestigious organizations in the United States and major local community partners in the city of Philadelphia. I'm a versatile writer, video editor, and social media guru with experience in federal, non-profit and for-profit environments. My passion lies in sharing stories with the public that are not well-known, but ought to be.

Mark Manning ( @ / Send an email ) For over a decade, Mark Manning has worked in youth development, including roles in programming, operations, and fundraising at nonprofit summer camps. That work led him to the rural villages in Alaska, ski slopes of Lake Tahoe and summer camp programs in 10 states, including Pennsylvania. Currently, he enjoys freelance writing and volunteering for youth development causes in the Philadelphia area.

Marilyn Kai Jewett ( @ / Send an email ) Marilyn Kai Jewett was born and raised in Strawberry Mansion/Germantown and has lived in Cheltenham Village since 2001. Most of her work over the last 30 years has been with North Philly organizations, people and pols. As a reporter with the Philadelphia New Observer for 11 years she covered business, politics and culture. That's still her interest.

Malcolm Burnley ( @ / Send an email ) Malcolm Burnley is a freelance journalist based in Philadelphia who has contributed to PlanPhilly, Philadelphia magazine, POLITICO magazine and Next City. He also co-hosts a social justice podcast called Pushback. Follow him on Twitter @malcolmburnley.

Maggie Christian ( @ / Send an email ) Maggie Christian is a freelance journalist who frequently writes about disability issues. While attending Haverford College she served as the editor-in-chief of its student-run newspaper, The Clerk. A Boston native, she spends her free time following the Red Sox and sipping Dunkin Donuts iced coffee.

Lynette Hazelton ( @ / Send an email ) Lynette Hazelton is a freelance contributor to Generocity. The native Philadelphian has reported on community issues for years and also teaches adult literacy classes around the city. When she is not writing, you can find her reading about history, trying hard to urge vegetables to grow in her garden, or traveling to book fairs and jazz festivals with her husband.

Lisa Bryant ( @ / Send an email ) Lisa Bryant is legally blind and has recently begun freelance writing and podcasting.

Lian Parsons ( @ / Send an email ) Lian Parsons is a senior in Temple University's journalism program, the former assistant news editor for The Temple News and a former Technical.ly Philly intern. The Boston native is a cat, poetry and Beyonce enthusiast.

Lexi McMenamin ( @ / Send an email ) Lexi McMenamin is a writer from Philadelphia currently living in Germantown. She also writes for Teen Vogue. Her other passions include community organizing, getting into arguments about why Philly is the best city, and Twin Peaks.

Leah Bury ( @ / Send an email ) Leah Bury grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Northeastern University, where she studied marketing and social entrepreneurship. She is now working in digital marketing full-time. She is also working part-time at building out the Coding for Causes program at web design agency Key Medium, which offers discounted services to nonprofits in need of a digital makeover. She loves learning and writing about social impact, especially workforce and community development, mental health and education.

Laura Smythe ( @ / Send an email ) Laura Smythe is a senior journalism student at Temple University. She works as the features editor for The Temple News, the university’s student-run independent weekly newspaper. She’s also worked as a Lew Klein Reporting Fellow at Philadelphia Neighborhoods and as a reporter for Covering Addiction. Laura fell in love with journalism while traveling Europe, Africa and Latin America, but calls Philly home. She’s passionate about community journalism and writing stories about health, women’s issues and arts and culture.

Lansie Sylvia ( @fancylansie / Send an email ) Lansie Sylvia is a Philadelphia-based engagement expert specializing in community activation and millennial philanthropy. She is the program director of Next Stop: Democracy!, a public art project that increases civic engagement. An active supporter of the arts, Lansie is the founder of Philly Give & Get and current secretary of the Charlotte Cushman Foundation. She holds an M.S. in Leadership for Social Change from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.

Krystine Sipple ( @ / Send an email ) Krystine (Krys) Sipple is an organizational consultant with over twenty-five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Her expertise is with creating development programs and governance infrastructures for small, grassroots non-profit organizations. She is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in Psychology, a Graduate of the Chester County Leadership Connection, and holds a MS in Nonprofit Leadership from LaSalle University. Krys holds a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation, is a Master Teacher as designated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and is a registered fundraising counsel. She is a C4 consultant for the Chester County Community Foundation and teaches throughout the region. She is on the board of Barclay Friends, a senior living community in West Chester, PA, and serves as the governance chair of the Philadelphia Folksong Society board. In the past, she has served on the national grants selection committee for the American Medical Association Foundation in Chicago, the board of AFP’s Greater Philadelphia Chapter, as secretary of the Health Care Access Board in Phoenixville, Foundation Chair of the Phoenixville Rotary Board, Membership Chair for the Oxford Rotary Club, and on the Board of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. www.krystinesipple.org

Khanya Brann ( @ / Send an email ) Khanya Brann is a 2019 Journalism and Spanish graduate from Temple University. She’s drawn to reporting and storytelling centered around black women and immigrants, the unique experiences they face and their contributions to culture and society. When she’s not Pinterest-planning trips for her extensive travel bucket list, she’s wandering around the city. Khanya has lived in Trinidad and Montreal and is proud to also call Philadelphia home.

Kensington Voice ( @ / Send an email ) Kensington Voice is a community-driven news initiative that amplifies traditionally underserved voices, illuminates the neighborhood’s complexity, challenges, and resilience, and explores existing and potential solutions to problems facing the heart of Kensington. Community engagement and service are central to our mission, so each month, community members have a say in the topics we write about and are invited to participate in our reporting process.

Marketing and Partnerships Manager

Katrina Denk Gonzalez ( @ / Send an email ) Katrina Denk Gonzalez is the Marketing and Partnerships Manager for Technically Media. With an extensive background in marketing, primarily focused on B2B and tech, she has worked in global corporate, agency and small business environments. Katrina enjoys utilizing her personal and professional experience to support causes and entrepreneurs. Some of her fav pastimes and interests include traveling, artsy stuff, exercising, drinking coffee, spoiling her pets, and laughing with friends and family.

Kate Kelly ( @ / Send an email ) Kate Kelly is a writer and content creator living in Philadelphia. She is originally from Austin. She has worked in social media and social justice — right now she's somewhere in between.

Justine Haemmerli ( @ / Send an email ) Justine Haemmerli is a coach, consultant, board member, community organizer, facilitator, professional listener and writer. She owns Pedalogical, a company that convenes communities around social good and helps nonprofits to retain and nurture their staff and volunteers, and is the founder of Make it Right PHL, a community of over 2,000 Philadelphians working on social justice initiatives across the city.

Juliana Reyes ( @ / Send an email ) Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

Jim Irby ( @ / Send an email ) Jim Irby is the social enterprise manager of One Step Away, Philadelphia's street newspaper, which provides a voice and opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness, joblessness or poverty. He is a graduate of William and Mary and earned his M.A. in environment and community from Antioch University Seattle's Center for Creative Change. As a writer, he enjoys covering issues related to economic, racial, ecological, gender and food justice. In his activism, he works both as a trainer for organizations such as Philly Thrive and a perpetual student around issues of systemic change and social justice.

Jenny Roberts ( @ / Send an email ) Jenny Roberts graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2018 before doing a year of service as an English tutor with City Year Philadelphia. She is particularly interested in writing about the arts, education, immigration and politics.

Jaya Montague ( @ / Send an email ) A self-proclaimed data queen and Temple University alum, Jaya's focus is on bringing the stories of marginalized communities to the front cover in the media.

Operations Manager

Jane Lee ( @ / Send an email ) Jane Lee is the Operations Manager for Technically Media. Previous to joining the team, she held roles in Retail Management and Buying for specialized boutiques. Jane is currently a MBA candidate at Temple University. She is an avid reader and dedicated to rescuing stray cats.

Indah Nuritasari ( @ / Send an email ) Indah Nuritasari is the founder of the Indonesian Lantern, and a microlending officer at FINANTA.

Holly Quinn ( @ / Send an email ) Holly Quinn is Technically Media’s Lead Reporter for Delaware. A Wilmington native and AIHS grad, she attended Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, back when it was located on an old estate in Elkins Park (not to date herself). When she’s not covering tech in DE, she writes reviews of local theater for the paper.

Hector Dávila Jr. ( @ / Send an email ) Hector Davila Jr. is Technical.ly's fall 2019 editorial intern. He was born and raised in North Philadelphia and graduated from Eastern University with a journalism degree and a minor in communications. He has previous experience reporting as an editorial intern at Philadelphia magazine and held the position of sports editor for The Waltonian college newspaper. Hector deeply enjoys hands-on experiences, whether it's volunteering for the community or crafting a new project. It’s easy for him to find a good book to read, and a strength (or weakness) he has is an obsession for information. His dream is to travel the world and one day to report internationally.

Hannah Chinn ( @ / Send an email ) Hannah Chinn is a a Portland native, a Philly transplant, and a lover of printed ephemera. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2019; you can find her work at NBC10, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and her hometown's alt-weekly.

Hanae Mason ( @ / Send an email ) A Montgomery, AL native, Hanae Victoria Mason earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from Hampton University and an MPA at the University of Pennsylvania. After working in different capacities in the communications field, she was drawn to a new professional path: community advocacy and development. As the Community Programs Manager for Mt. Airy CDC, Hanae spearheaded the organization’s public life and placemaking initiatives, the most notable being the launch and activation of Lovett Park. Her public space advocacy work has been nationally recognized, and she was named an “Emerging Cities Champion” by the Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities in 2018. Hanae is currently a self-employed writer, consultant, creative, and activist based in West Philadelphia.

Gwyn Garrison ( @ / Send an email ) Gwyn Garrison is a freelance writer in Philadelphia. She recently returned to Philadelphia, her hometown, and is eagerly embracing the stories that the city has to tell.

Grace Shallow ( @ / Send an email ) Grace Shallow is a regular freelancer for Generocity and the Investigations Editor at The Temple News. Her work has also been published by outlets such as the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, Billy Penn, PlanPhilly and Alphr.com. She loves writing about health and people helping other people — before, after and while she drinks coffee.

Erin Flynn Jay ( @ / Send an email ) Erin Flynn Jay is a writer and publicist for authors, non-profits and small businesses (www.flynnmedia.com). Locally, Erin has written for CityWide Stories and Chestnut Hill Local. Erin loves self-employment and working with diverse clients. She lives in the city with her husband and two children.

Eric Hartman ( @ / Send an email ) Eric Hartman is Executive Director of the Haverford College Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, Co-founder of the Community-based Global Learning Collaborative, and Vice President of the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PACIE).

Emily Taylor ( @ / Send an email ) Emily Taylor is the director of One Step Away, Philadelphia's street newspaper.

Emily Scott ( @ / Send an email ) Emily Scott is a journalism student at Temple University and the features editor of the student-run newspaper, The Temple News. She was an editorial intern for Metro Éireann, a Dublin multicultural newspaper. You can usually find her with a cup of coffee in her hand or at a concert in the city.

Emily Rizzo ( @ / Send an email ) Emily Rizzo, she/her, is a media maker and freelance journalist living in South Philly. Previously, she’s worked as a producer for WHYY’s Morning Edition and reported for WHYY’s Keystone Crossroads.

Elina Tonkova ( @ / Send an email ) Elina Tonkova loves writing for its ideal blend of art and science. She earned her master's degree of public health from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 and is passionate about innovative impact on social determinants of health and community development.

Donte Kirby ( @ / Send an email ) Donte Kirby is a writer born and raised in Philadelphia, and writes for publications such as Jump Philly, Technical.ly Philly and Philadelphia Weekly primarily as a reason to get out the house. See some of the reasons he's left the house at dontekirby.com.

Didi Prambadi ( @ / Send an email ) Didi Prambadi is the cofounder, and journalist at Indonesianlantern.com, a community online magazine in Philadelphia. He is a former editor and Jakarta Bureau Chief at TEMPO Weekly Newsmagazine in Jakarta, and is a speaker for various political, media and cultural discussions.

Cianni Williams ( @ / Send an email ) Cianni Williams is a student at Germantown Academy and a Steppingstone Scholar intern at Generocity for Summer 2018. A few things that she enjoys are long walks in the park, naps, libraries and funny cat videos.

Cheryl Rice ( @ / Send an email ) As president of Your Voice Your Vision, Inc., Cheryl Rice inspires women to be leaders in their own lives. She is the author of the memoir "Where Have I Been All My Life?" and in 2016 founded the You Matter Marathon, a global kindness and community-building program.

Brittany Barbato ( @ / Send an email ) Brittany Barbato is a Philadelphia-based writer, photographer and videographer. She was first introduced to the City of Brotherly Love when she played semi-professional soccer with the Philadelphia Liberty. While her knees have since gone, her love for the city has only grown.

Brandon Dorfman ( @ / Send an email ) Brandon A. Dorfman is a freelance journalist from Philadelphia who writes about addiction, drugs, race, adoption issues, and more. Follow him on Twitter at @BADorfman or online at BrandonDorfman.com.

Bobbi I. Booker ( @ / Send an email ) Bobbi I. Booker is a multi-media journalist, documentary photographer and host of "Spirit Soul Music on Ovations" on NPR-affiliate WRTI-Fm 90.1 in Philadelphia.

Andrew Zaleski ( @ / Send an email ) Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia. Before moving to here in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Technical.ly Baltimore, Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities and elsewhere.

Andrew Huff ( @ / Send an email ) Andrew Huff is a Generocity contributor. He has worked in homeless services since 2015.

Ami Patel Hopkins ( @ / Send an email ) Ami Patel Hopkins (Mrs. PH) is currently teaching 7th grade math and science for the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). Prior to this, she was the Kindergarten Transition Fellow for SDP. In this role, she worked closely with the early learning team as well as a variety of partner agencies to investigate and create solutions to the infrastructure and operational challenges that hinder successful kindergarten transition. Mrs. PH is also the Founder of Asha Advisors, LLC. Hopkins was also the VP of Teaching, Learning and Innovation at the Philadelphia Education Fund. She spearheaded the Ed Fund’s efforts to ensure excellent teachers in every classroom, driving to enhance the preparation, support, and networking of teachers across the city. Mrs. PH also served as Deputy Education Officer to former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter in the Mayor’s Office of Education. She has worked on education reform issues at the national level through the Alliance for Excellent Education, served as an AmeriCorps member in Maryland, has done college access work in a Baltimore high school, and taught first grade in inner-city Miami. Mrs. PH is also an adjunct professor at Drexel University. She is also the Board Chair of YESPhilly. She lives in Northwest Philadelphia with her husband and son and they are involved with local efforts with the neighborhood public schools. She earned her master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in education policy from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University.

Alyssa Biederman ( @ / Send an email ) Alyssa Biederman is the deputy campus news editor for The Temple News, the university's student-run weekly newspaper. She is a journalism and political science major. After graduating in 2020, Alyssa hopes to pursue political reporting in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Alaina Mabaso ( @ / Send an email ) Alaina Mabaso is a freelance journalist and editor who makes Philadelphia her classroom, working with outlets such as WHYY's NewsWorks and Flying Kite Media. She's the associate editor of Broad Street Review, and when her editors go to bed, she blogs at alainamabaso.com.

Akeem Dixon ( @ / Send an email ) Akeem Dixon is a economic and community development expert in Philadelphia. "The only initiatives we can't move forward in our communities are the ones we have yet to start. Where would ya like to begin?"

Adryan Corcione ( @ / Send an email ) Adryan Corcione is a freelance writer with bylines in Teen Vogue, Esquire, Vice and more.

Abby Lee Mosconi ( @ / Send an email ) Abby Lee Mosconi is a Vermont-born, Philadelphia-based freelance writer with an absurdly keen awareness of pop-culture. She received her Master’s degree in Advertising from the University of Texas, but immediately moved back East to the land of hoagies and cheesesteaks where her heart (and stomach) belonged. Outside of writing, Abby moonlights as a cabaret singer across Philly and NYC.