WHo decides where the money goes?
Meet Our Advisory Committee
The PA Blue Victory Fund’s Advisory Committee is our donor's “investment” adviser. Their task is to determine the best way to “invest” donor resources to accomplish our donor’s goal: Turn PA Blue by 2020.
We don’t do anything other than raise money and spend it wisely.
Fund allocation targets across our three strategies:
Grassroots 35% - 40%
Build to Win in 2020 -- 15-20%
Our Pledge to Donors
Spend every dollar of donors’ money wisely.
To the degree possible, know what it is being used for.
Foster metrics and accountability on the part of recipients
Concerned citizens, just like you. They’re your neighbors. Not remote. All have years of on-the-ground activism in support of making the world better. They are enthusiastic supporters with a show-me attitude.
Members serve as individuals and not as representative of any organization.
Steve Springer, Chair
Steve Springer is one of the Two Steves who are founders of the PA Blue Victory Fund.
Steve Springer is a native Philadelphian who graduated from Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Steve and his wife, Essie, have lived in Center City Philadelphia since he graduated from law school. Their 3 children grew up in Center City Philly. Steve has been an employment and business litigation lawyer. He primarily has represented labor unions and employees in employment-related matters, claimants in securities arbitration and subcontractors in construction litigation and arbitration. Steve taught employment law at Philadelphia University. Steve has been a committee person in the 8th Ward in Philadelphia for over 20 years. During that time he has been active in and led voter registration projects in and around Philadelphia. Steve trains volunteers on voter registration techniques. Along with his co-committee person, in 2016 Steve headed a voter registration and GOTV initiative in Center City Philadelphia. Steve has worked on campaigns of progressive Democratic candidates and assisted them in fundraising. Starting in mid-2017, Steve has worked with Turn PA Blue and with candidates in suburban Philadelphia.
Steve Poses, Vice Chair
Wade Albert is an attorney and native Philadelphian who is involved in a variety of community and political activities. Among other things, he serves on the board of the progressive Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club and has chaired the organization’s endorsement committee since January of 2015. He is on the board of Philly Set Go, a political action committee that supports millennial candidates for public office and focuses on educating millennials about the value of engaging in the political process. Furthermore, since July of 2017, he has served as the President of the Center City Residents’ Association, which is the registered community organization for the Center City West section of Philadelphia and one of the oldest continuing civic associations in the City. He practices law at Sobol Law Group, P.C., a boutique labor and employment firm on Rittenhouse Square.
Brian Ortelere is a partner in the New York and Philadelphia offices of Morgan Lewis, and is co-chair of the ERISA Litigation Practice. Brian is ranked in the top four ERISA litigators nationwide by Chambers and Partners, and is named to Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Counsel’s Super Lawyers, and has been designated a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia Magazine. He graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College with a degree in political science, and earned his law degree from William and Mary. He clerked for the Honorable William D. Hutchinson for both the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Brian has long been active in progressive politics, and resides with his wife, Gretchen Santamour, in Philadelphia
Laslo V. Boyd
Laslo V. Boyd has more than 40 years of experience in higher education, government, and public policy. He served as chief education adviser to the governor of Maryland, as Acting Secretary of Higher Education in Maryland and held senior positions at universities in Maryland and Massachusetts as well as having been a tenured full professor. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His real-world political experience includes working in numerous campaigns, being a partner in a survey research firm and writing opinion columns on public policy and politics. He is the co-founder of Change PA, a Pennsylvania political action committee focused on electing Democrats to the State House of Representatives.
Mete Egemen was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey where he earned his BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University. Mete became a US citizen in 2005 and earned an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Mete’s keen interest in politics turned into action with the election events of 2016. He serves in leadership with Swing Left SEPA and a regional organizing coordinator for Swing Left and is supporting and participating in numerous grass-roots efforts to restore a more just and civil society to his new homeland. Mete works in technical sales and lives in Philadelphia.
Carol Jenkins is a Philadelphia native, and has resided in west Philadelphia for 30 years, coming home after many years away. She has been active in Democratic politics wherever she has roamed, and has been the Democratic Ward leader of the 27th Ward in University City/SW Philadelphia for 12 years. She has also served on the boards of ADA, UNAGP, and Friends of Clark Park; worked with TPAB, and supported progressive groups and political candidates who can influence policy and elect competent Democrats. In 2015, she was a candidate herself, running for one of the two Democratic City Commissioner positions in Philadelphia (she came in 3rd of 6). She taught Political Science classes at Temple University for 30 years, and is recently retired.
Nancy Kleinberg was born and raised In West Philadelphia. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, received an Master’s Degree in Education, and taught in the Philadelphia School System. She was the owner and Administrator of a Skilled Care Nursing facility in University City until 2013. Nancy is the founder of Socializing on the Spectrum which focuses on social opportunities for young adults on the Autism Spectrum. In November 2016 she realized democracy was not a spectator sport. In February 2017 she founded Indivisible: Narberth and Beyond with over 800 members who are actively focused on winning elections and creating progressive change. She became a Committee Person in Lower Merion, works full time on a PA State House race campaign and is involved in many grassroots groups.
Hannah Laurison is the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Together, a statewide coalition of 350 grassroots resistance groups. In the 2018 midterms, Pennsylvania Together groups knocked more than 20,000 doors in small cities and rural communities. Previously, Hannah was based in London, where she led a campaign to end food poverty in the UK and coordinated the Sustainable Food Cities network. Before moving to the UK, Hannah was a program director with ChangeLab Solutions, where she advised local governments throughout the U.S. on legal and policy solutions to prevent chronic illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. In the early 2000s, Hannah ran the pioneering Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, a $120 million public/private initiative to develop new grocery stores in under-served communities. The Pennsylvania program inspired President Obama’s National Healthy Food Financing Initiative and spurred more than a dozen similar statewide supermarket financing programs. Hannah graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and holds a master’s degree in planning and policy from Tufts University. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.
Jamie Perrapato is the Executive Director of Turn PA Blue, an organization dedicated to flipping the Pennsylvania state legislature by training and mobilizing grassroots groups and volunteers to support candidates in Southeastern PA and beyond. In January 2018, Jamie spoke at the Women's March of Philadelphia on the topic of “Encouraging Women to Run for Elected Office.” Prior to co-founding Turn PA Blue, Jamie worked as an attorney in the practice areas of commercial litigation, criminal law and civil litigation. Jamie received her B.A. from the College of New Jersey and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.
Coleman Poses grew up in Southwest Philadelphia and attended public schools there. He has a B.A. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University and an M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania. At the beginning of his professional career, Coleman worked with gangs in Southwest Philadelphia, and eventually switched to performing systems design and research for the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health, where he retired in 2014. While working for the City, he served as a shop steward and a delegate for his local for AFSCME District Council # 47. In retirement, Coleman is active with the AFSCME DC 47 retirees, and also serves on its P.E.O.P.L.E. PAC. He has been involved with the advocacy group, Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools (APPS), and with Neighborhood Networks, where he heads its Turn PA Blue project. In addition to his political work, Coleman is the owner of Chilly Philly Ice Cream.
(Note: Cole Poses and Steve Poses are not related.)