Liberty City is governed by a board of directors consisting of between 9 and 15 elected members of the organization. We are committed to a diverse board that reflects the Philadelphia LGBT population at large.
Sara Jacobson, Co-Chair
Sara Jacobson teaches Trial Advocacy at Temple Law School as an Associate Professor and serves as Director of Trial Advocacy. Before coming to Temple, she was a Public Defender in Philadelphia for nearly 10 years. Sara is a member of the LGBT Rights Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association and currently serves as the Public Interest Section representative to the Board of Governors of the Bar Association. She volunteers time with the ACLU and is the Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild..
Gary Hines, Interim Co-Chair
A former Co-Chair of the Philadelphia chapter of Men of All Colors Together, former Board member of the William Way Community Center, Gary is also actively involved with The Brothers Network and the Black Gay Men’s Leadership Council. He is the Regional Project Manager of the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center, an economic development non-profit organization that supports manufacturers. Gary has taught at Community College and also done administrative work at Congreso.
Eric Cheung, Treasurer
Eric Cheung is the Deputy Director of Clean Air Council, a non-profit environmental group headquartered in Philadelphia. Previously at the Council, he has served as Administrative Director, Senior Attorney and Project Coordinator. Prior to his work at the Council, Eric was an Associate in the environmental group of the law firm, Drinker, Biddle and Reath. Eric has volunteered extensively for both Liberty PA and Liberty City, and has also volunteered for the Delaware County Democrats as its attorney coordinator for Election Day monitoring. Eric received his law degree from the University of Chicago in 2000.
Stephanie Haynes, Secretary
Stephanie Haynes is a full-time mom and part-time Community Coordinator with Philadelphia Family Pride. She has 15 years of experience working for non-profit organizations, including eight as a canvass director running campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, the Sierra Club, and PennPIRG. Stephanie is a long time meber of Liberty City and currently serves as the organization's secretary. Stephanie and her wife of 15 years, Vicky Kresge, live in West Philadelphia with their five year-old twin sons.
Tony Campisi lives in Delaware County, in the same town where he grew up, and has been involved in Democratic politics for the past 20 years. He was 1^st Vice Chair of the Delaware County Democratic Party from 1996 to 2010, and President of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats from 2004-2005. As Chairman of his township Democratic Party since 1994, Tony has led campaigns that have resulted in Democratic control of the township for the first time since the late 1970’s. Tony has worked and advised on various campaigns including Kerry/Edwards, Rendell for Governor, Casey for Senate, Obama/Biden and Joe Sestak for Congress / US Senate. He is the Executive Director of the PA and Delaware Valley chapter of the Community Associations Institute, an international organization of community association stakeholders, and is a registered lobbyist.
Micah Mahjoubian, Co-Chair, Policy and Advocacy Committee
An active member of Liberty City since 1998, Micah Mahjoubian has over 20 years of political experience having worked on dozens of campaigns in Pennsylvania. In the summer of 1999, he was the first openly gay employee hired to work on the mayoral campaign of John F. Street where he served as the Deputy Finance Director. The following January, Micah began working for the Street Administration in the Mayor’s Office of External Affairs. In 2003, he left city government to work as the Operations Director of the Mayor’s re-election campaign. The following year, he returned to the administration as Deputy Secretary of External Affairs where he managed the City’s affairs at the state level. Additionally, he served as the Operations Director of the Mayor’s Gaming Advisory Task Force in 2005. After leaving city government, Micah founded a political consulting and goverment affairs firm from which he advises various elected officials, candidates for local and statewide office, and non-profit organizations.
Solaris Power came to Philadelphia in 2005 to study the impact of social welfare provisions on the LGBT population at the University of Pennsylvania. While working on a graduate degree, she co-led the programs’ QSWAP (Queer Social Workers and Allies at Penn), served on the executive board, and as a research representative. Prior to this, Solaris worked in behavioral research at a state-funded criminology center, after attending theUniversity of Maryland. She has extensive experience in working with at-risk populations, including housing issues and victim advocacy, from direct service to special event planning. She has served on the endorsement committee since 2008, and is in her first year at TempleLaw.
Lauren, a Philadelphia native, joined the Liberty City board in 2013. Lauren is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University and the University of Miami School of Law. She currently owns a public strategies firm that serves clients throughout the mid-atlantic region. Prior to founding the firm, Lauren worked as statewide Election Protection director for the 2012 Obama campaign in Pennsylvania. She joined the Obama campaign after working as a government and external affairs specialist for Mayor Michael Nutter where she focused on legislative and community affairs issues. In addition to serving on the Liberty City board, Lauren chairs the South of South Neighborhood Association and serves as President of Bloktoberfest, an annual beer and music festival that raises money for various causes in the South of South neighborhood. Lauren currently chairs the Board Development Committee for Liberty City.