Board Development Committee
The objective of the Board Development Committee is to recruit and cultivate active members to eventually serve on the Board of Directors. The committee develops a slate of nominees to be elected to the Board of Directors each year, and works to ensure that the board is representative of the general membership, the LGBT community at large, and is racially diverse.
The Board Development Committee will use the blog below to communicate its work to the general membership.
On February 2, 2012, the General Membership of Liberty City will elect new board members for 2012. The Liberty City Board proposes that this slate of members be elected to the Board of Directors for 2012:
SHERRIE COHEN ran a historic campaign in May 2011 as Philadelphia's first out LGBTQ Democratic candidate for Philadelphia City Council. She ran citywide for City Council At Large, almost winning the race with over 44,000 votes, but losing by 1600 votes. A lifelong activist since the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960's, Sherrie engaged in a major protest for Philadelphia’s lesbian and gay rights anti-discrimination ordinance in City Council in 1975, when she and other lesbians were kicked down four flights of stairs in City Hall by police and later sued for police brutality. A public interest attorney, Sherrie has fought for the health and welfare of people against the tobacco and defense industries, was one of the attorneys who sued successfully to save the 11 neighborhood libraries inPhiladelphia that had been slated for permanent closure in 2008, and is currently a tenant rights attorney with the Tenant Union Representative Network. She is also a Democratic committeeperson, an elected member of the PA Democratic Party’s State Committee and vice-chair of its LGBT Caucus, and a Community Grantmaking Committee member of the Bread and Roses Community Fund. Sherrie formerly served as Chairperson of the labor/community Coalition For Essential Services, Steering Committee member of the Coalition to Save the Libraries, Co-Chair of the International Women's Day Coalition and Co-Chair of the Civil Rights Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Appointed to the Liberty City Board in September 2011, Sherrie had previously served in 2008-09, when she chaired the Board Development Committee and co-chaired the Policy and Advocacy Committee.
JASON LEWIS is a communications specialist from Southern Lancaster County Pennsylvania. He is a 2003 Temple University Graduate and resides in Washington Square West where he has lived for the last 10 years. Jason is the Community Liaison and Communications Specialist for Philadelphia City Councilwoman At-Large Blondell Reynolds Brown, planning special events, assisting in the writing, research and data analysis for all of the Councilwoman’s public speaking engagements and creating and directing the Councilwoman’s social media strategy. Prior to joining her City Hall team, Jason was a volunteer fundraising coordinator for 2 years. Jason is proud to have enhanced the Councilwoman’s visibility in the LGBT community, helping her become the first Philadelphia elected official to produce an “It Gets Better” in the Fall of 2010 and assisted in the introduction and passage of an Equal Benefits Ordinance, which would requires companies that receive large contracts from the City of Philadelphia to offer domestic partner benefits.
Jason was a proud member of the inaugural class of the Distinctive Officers Program, an LGBT leadership training program sponsored by the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund. He was a former advertising sales representative at the Philadelphia Gay News and is a frequent volunteer for fundraisers supporting LGBT or LGBT friendly candidates. In 8th Grade his dream job was to someday be “someone’s George Stephanopoulos,” and is pleased to see that goal come to fruition.
HOWARD MOSELEY, Deputy Director of Manayunk Development Corporation, previously worked for the City of Philadelphia in various capacities including as Special Assistant to the Managing Director, Project Coordinator for the Philadelphia Gaming Advisory Task Force, and Project Manager for The Emergency Preparedness Review Committee and for the Education Advisory Task Force. Prior to serving the City, Howard developed technology solutions for the Franklin Mint. For the past 12 years, he has developed voter registration, voter contact, finance compliance and turnout tracking software for political campaigns. For many years, he has also encouraged teams of gay youth to volunteer on rainbowfriendly campaigns.
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.
Be a leader! Make an impact! Build the political power of our community!
You can do this as a member of the Board of Directors of the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club!
Liberty City is an all-volunteer organization, and we need committed individuals to join our ‘working’ Board. Serving on the Liberty City Board is hard-work but is a rewarding and concrete way to make a real difference.
Liberty City is now accepting applications for its Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving as a member of the Liberty City Board, please submit your nomination form by December 18, 2011. The application is can be downloaded here.
There are also leadership opportunities with the board as we will be electing a new female identified co-chair. Our by-laws allow for a newly elected board member to also be voted in (by the board) for the co-chair position should you be interested. If you are interested in a co-chair position, you may self-nominate. This is an exciting time to be involved in the direction of the organization and we welcome new energy and ideas onto the board of directors.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE LIBERTY CITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Step1: READ MORE:
To find out more about the important work of the Board of Directors of the LCDC, read the Board of Directors’ Roles and Responsibilities description and review our Committees List.
STEP 2: APPLY BEFORE DEADLINE:
Any Liberty City member who has paid their dues in the last 12 months and attended two or more Liberty City events or meetings is eligible to complete an application for nomination.
After nominations are received on December 18, 2011, the Board Development Committee will review all nominations. The Board of Directors is comprised of 9 to 15 members. The Board will present a slate of board members for election at the general membership meeting in January 2012.
Liberty City is committed to a diverse and gender-balanced Board of Directors and will make every effort to present a slate of directors that is representative of the LGBT community.
MORE ABOUT US:
Liberty City Democratic Club (LCDC) is a voluntary, political action committee serving the greater Philadelphia region. We work within the Democratic Party, in the public arena, and throughout the region, state, and nation, to achieve and sustain economic and social equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons.
The goals of LCDC are to:
To better represent our community and to ensure that our elected officials hear the greatest number and variety of LGBT voices possible, LCDC is currently developing our organization into one that is more inclusive of youth, people of color, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.