“Who” is the PA BLUE Victory Fund?
The Fund was developed by Two Steves -- Steve Poses and Steve Springer -- to address what they recognized as a mismatch between (A) individuals “tired of yelling at their TV” and ready to donate and (B) candidates and grassroots organizations in need of money. Each was nearly invisible to the other.
In addition, they believed there was no silver bullet – no single candidate or organization that, in and of itself, would make the difference, Smart and strategic called for a multiple recipient strategy.
The Fund would make the link – donor and recipients -- by creating marketing scale to raise money for multiple recipients that together represented a smart, cohesive strategy.
Finally, we could not have a stop and start and stop and start effort. To win, the effort needed to be sustained across three election cycles culminating in the 2020 presidential election.
Poses and Springer met in 2008. Poses was an Obama Fellow organizing Center City West. Springer, long a Democratic committee person in Center City’s 8th Ward, had a long history of activism.
ABOUT Steve SPRINGER
Steve Springer is an attorney with a practice that focuses on labor and employment and insurance law. He grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, graduated from Temple in 1966 and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1969.
Springer traces his political experience to 1963 when he was chair of Young Democrats of Montgomery County and 1964 working on the senate campaign of Genevieve Blatt. Throughout the years he has volunteered in campaign after campaign. Since 1998, he has been a Democratic committee person in Center City Philadelphia’s 8th ward. He is currently active in voter registration in Center City as well as a number of state races and lending support to several grassroots organizations.
Springer lives in Center City with his wife Essie and a black mongrel named Kane. He is a father of three and grandfather of five.
Springer’s years of work as a political volunteer and his continued deep involvement provide a political perspective and network of “boots on the ground” connections that are critically important to the efforts outlined here.
ABOUT STEVE POSES
Poses grew up in Yonkers, New York and arrived in Philadelphia in 1964, a freshmen at Penn. At Penn his academic interests were political sociology and city planning. Upon graduating from Penn, Poses spent a brief time in the Peace Corps in Brazil but quit to return to Philadelphia to work in the peace movement. He taught children with learning differences at the Green Tree School in Germantown.
In 1973, Poses opened the first of what would be many restaurants in Center City. It was a small storefront at 16th and Spruce named Frog. In 1977, Poses opened the legendary Commissary at 17th & Sansom. That year he began Frog Commissary Catering which continues to operate today, run by his wife Christina. Other Poses operations included Eden, City Bites, 16th Street Bar & Grill as well as the long-time operator of food service at the Mann Center and at the Academy of Music. Poses was recognized in 1986 among the initial Fifty Who’s Who of Cooking in America, the precursor to the James Beard Awards. (He enjoys noting that he was alphabetically nestled between Robert Mondavi and Paul Prudhomme.)
Poses has a long civic history including as the founding president of Center City Proprietors and board member of Greater Philadelphia First, Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Mayor’s and Governor’s Small Business Councils. He is a former member of Young Presidents Organization. Poses was recognized by the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as Small Business Person of the Year and by the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association as Restaurateur of the Decade.
Poses lives in South Philadelphia with his wife Christina. Their son is Chef de Cuisine at The Watergate…of all places!
Poses’s entrepreneurial experience and work running large and complex public-facing businesses is an important ingredient in this project.