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Leadership's Keepers class of 2018 at the Linc. July 26, 2018 Category: FeaturedPeople


Disclaimer: This editor was a member of the Keepers 2018 class, several Technically Media-affiliated folks have been associated with the program in the past and CEO Chris Wink serves on Leadership's board.


Update: The spelling of Brittany Borden's name has been corrected. (7/26, 5:58 p.m.) Devon Laudenslager's title and organization, and Rana Fayez's organization, have been corrected. (7/27, 3:33 p.m.)
Leadership Philadelphia just announced its Keepers class of 2019, and once again, the group is stocked with government staffers and law pros, but also tech founders and social impact leaders.

Leadership launched the program (née Connectors and Keepers) three years ago as a way to connect professional up-and-comers to each other and the city in the hopes of encouraging them to stay for the long haul.

The seven-month, invite-only program involves team building, professional development sessions and space to meet with Philadelphia bigwigs.

Past cohorts have included Generocity-relevant folks such as Yasmine Mustafa, Dawn McDougall, Omar Woodard, Jamaine Smith, Anne Wakabayashi and Max Tuttleman.

Here’s the full 2018-2019 cohort:

  • Brittany Borden — Organizational, culture and system transformation specialist, City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
  • Baker Blanding — Market manager, Brown-Forman
  • Liz Brown — CEO, Design Jawn (formerly WebJunto)
  • Andre Brown — Merchant project manager, JP Morgan Chase
  • Sarah Carter — Operations and development manager, After-School All-Stars Philly
  • David Colangelo — Head of engineering, Jefferson’s List
  • Keenan Corrigan — Director of Philadelphia, Venture for America
  • Michelle Currica — Program manager, Philadelphia Cultural Fund
  • Mike Darfler — Makerspace director, Friends Central School
  • George Donnelly — Langer, Grogan & Diver Social Justice Fellow, Public Interest Law Center
  • Rana Fayez — Founder, YallaPunk
  • Terrell Green — HIV/AIDS program coordinator, Mazzoni Center
  • Rachel Greenberg — Event producer and curator, Little Giant Creative
  • Janell Harmon — Human resources generalist, Boeing
  • Nathaniel Hedman — Senior software engineer, URBN
  • Megan Helzner — Associate director of development, annual and corporate giving, National Museum of American Jewish History
  • Brenda Hernandez-Torres — Community liaison, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
  • Morris Hobson — President and CEO, Level Up Cleaning Solutions, LLC
  • Geremi James — Director of case management and emergency shelter services, Broad Street Ministry
  • Brandon Johnson — Assistant director of external affairs, Urban Affairs Coalition
  • Christopher Johnson — External affairs associate, KIPP Philadelphia Schools
  • Imani Johnson — Senior field representative, Office of Sen. Patrick Toomey
  • Kristin Johnson — Assistant district attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
  • Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman — Founder, THINK.urban
  • Brittnie Knight — Philadelphia program associate of community and national initiatives, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Earl Knight — Founder, GoBabl
  • Devon Laudenslager — Project director for literacy in early learning spaces, Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Mubarak Laurence — VP, Rising Sons
  • Alexandria Leggett — Community engagement manager, Coded by Kids
  • Jeanette Lloyd — Senior manager of marketing and partnerships, Technically Media
  • Mike Logsdon — Cofounder and COO,
  • Christina May — Founder and president of Image of The Word, LLC
  • Takia McClendon — Cofounder, City Fit Girls
  • Kevin McCorry — Senior education writer, WHYY
  • Briana Morgan — Health planner and web coordinator, Office of HIV Planning
  • Naima Murphy — Corporate relations, Campus Philly
  • Waffiyah Murray — Better Bike Share partnership manager, City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems
  • Keaton Nichols — Producer and host, 900AM WURD
  • Emeka Oguh — Founder and CEO, PeopleJoy
  • Hoa Pham — Program manager, Job Opportunity Investment Network 
  • Meagan Pharis — Senior associate of research and science, Philadelphia Research Initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Mjumbe Poe — Cofounder and CTO, Stepwise Analytics
  • Heather Qader — Senior aide to the CEO, La Colombe Coffee Roasters
  • Alexander Reinhard — Co-owner and CEO, Malix Media
  • Jordan Rogers — Community relations director, Office of Rep. Brian Sims
  • Michael Sanford — Seventh-grade teacher, Frederick Douglas Mastery Charter School
  • Hardik Savalia — Business analyst, PromptWorks
  • Natalia Serejko — Executive director, East Mount Airy Neighbors
  • Daniel Siryakov — Founder and CEO, MyCorner
  • Raymond Smergilio — Major gifts officer, Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova University
  • Rashni Stanford — Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow, People’s Emergency Center
  • Ross Staszak — Director of product experience, Comcast
  • Jon Tehrani — Junior data engineer, Stepwise Analytics
  • Roberto Torres Philly reporter, Technically Media
  • Jason Tucker — VP of acquisitions and development, The Goldenberg Group
  • Mason Wartman — Founder, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza
  • Margy Wilcox — Manager of youth and gateway programs, JEVS Human Services
  • Ronethea Williams — Founder and CEO, Field LabX
  • Jacob Winterstein — Cofounder, Camp Bonfire
  • V. Amanda Witts — Deputy general counsel, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority
  • Karin Wolok — Program manager of community development at Neo4j
  • Rachel Yoder — Director of capacity building, Project HOME
  • Kate Zmich — Director of community programs, Smith Memorial Playground

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