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Are you passionate about Philadelphia, our government, and citizen engagement? Do you want to know more about how to positively effect change in our city? Are you a young professional interested in serving on a respected nonprofit board?

As a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic leadership organization that’s existed for almost 115 years, the Committee of Seventy (C70) knows how critical it is that we develop and connect the next generation of community leaders. That is why we launched the Buchholz Fellowship, in honor of board member and civic leader Carl Buchholz.

After a successful launch in 2017, C70 seeks its second cohort of Buchholz Fellows. Ideal candidates are emerging leaders aged 25-40 working in the private or nonprofit sector who embody the qualities that Carl Buchholz exhibited in his life and work: personal and professional integrity, a strong work ethic, collaborative spirit, a superior intellect and a passion for improving his community.

Fellows will act as non-voting members, however, they will be involved in all other board-related affairs which include participating in all Board and Policy Committee meetings and and are full participants in Seventy’s conversations, discussions, and debates around governance and public policy issues facing Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of PA. Fellows are matched with a current board member who will serve as a mentor and advisor during the fellowship year. Fellows will also work together to expand the We Vote program, an initiative aimed at promoting a culture of voting within Philadelphia businesses, started by the inaugural Buchholz Fellow cohort.  

Fellows are expected to pay a $250 contribution, however, no applicants will be refused consideration due to financial hardship. 

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About Carl Buchholz:

Carl Buchholz was an important member of Seventy’s board of directors and executive committee for a decade before his untimely death in May, 2016. In addition to his service to Seventy, he was a member of the board of directors at Drexel University, the American Revolution Museum, Visit Philadelphia and the United Way of Southeastern PA, where he was also former Chairman.  An accomplished lawyer, he was managing partner of Blank Rome and later became the managing partner of DLA Piper’s Philadelphia office.  After 9/11, Carl put his private sector career on hold to serve his country by joining former Governor Ridge to help create the office of Homeland Security. Early in his career he worked for Senator John Heinz where he met his wife Karen, a senior executive at Comcast. See his complete obituary. Carl was a loving husband and father, and a friend to all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Meet the 2018-2019 class of Buchholz Fellows:

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Laura Boyce

Instructional Practice Director, Teach Plus Philadelphia

​Laura has devoted her career to empowering students in the Philadelphia area to achieve their limitless potential. After teaching high school English and social studies for six years in Philadelphia, she served as an elementary and middle school turnaround principal in Camden, NJ, where her school went from underperforming to the highest-scoring school in the city. She currently serves as Instructional Practice Director for Teach Plus' Philadelphia, where she leads a leadership development program for elementary teachers in the district. Laura holds degrees from Princeton (BA) and Penn (MEd), and she serves on the boards of New Leaders Council Philadelphia and Girls on the Run Philadelphia.

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Jennifer Gable

Health Policy Manager, PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Gable supports the development and implementation of the center’s policy agenda, and works to ensure that PolicyLab research is well-positioned to influence policy decisions that impact the health and well-being of children and families at the local, state and federal level. She also leads the CHOP Reading Buddies volunteer program for students at an elementary school in West Philadelphia. Gable is a graduate of Muhlenberg College (BA), Fels Institute of Government (MPA), and the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania (MBE).

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Christine Moriarty

Manager of Volunteer Programming at Broad Street Ministry

Christine connects thousands of Philadelphians to one another; bridging the social barriers that turn strangers into neighbors.  The core commitment of BSM is to promote flourishing and belonging by providing services that meet basic human needs with radical hospitality.  Her background in Philosophy/Pre-Law is the bedrock of her commitment to sociopolitical ethics and integrity.  With a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, she pairs scholarship with social responsibility for a better Philadelphia.  Albeit through research or Broad Street Ministry's volunteer program, she strives uncover and curate narratives that create connectedness among Philadelphians.  

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Harper S. Seldin

Associate, Cozen O’Connor

Harper is an attorney in his firm’s business litigation group. He is pro bono counsel with the ACLU in ongoing litigation on behalf of transgender students’ non-discriminatory access to facilities in public high schools. A former federal law clerk, Harper is also a member of the Toll Public Interest Center Advisory Board and the Law Alumni Society Board of Managers at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, from which he graduated. He is active with the Young Friends of YSRP, which supports the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project’s work for juvenile justice and policy reform. 

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Kyle Shenandoah

Multi-office manager & Senior Tax Specialist, H&R Block
A lifelong Philadelphia resident, Kyle is an avid employment advocate and community organizer.  In 2017 and 2018, he spearheaded a successful job fair with several organizations in his South Philadelphia neighborhood. For his work, he received notable accolades including a mayoral citation, city council citation, congressional commendation, and a gubernatorial acknowledgment from PA Governor Tom Wolf. He has dedicated his social media accounts to share job openings throughout the city. 
Officially, Kyle sits on the board of multiple organizations in Philadelphia including: The Philadelphia Millennial Advisory Committee, The Urban League of Philadelphia, SEPTA Citizen Advisory Committee, The Gray’s Ferry Civic Association, Young Involved Philadelphia, and Keeping Philadelphia Beautiful. Passionate about supporting his neighborhood, Kyle uses his background and experience to provide free consulting services to local nonprofits. In May 2018, Kyle was elected as a member of The Democratic State Committee in the 8th Senatorial District and Committeeperson in the 36th ward. 
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Kalie Wertz

External Affairs Manager at the Urban Affairs Coalition

She works closely with the UAC management team to uplift the Coalition and their 70+ Program Partners through marketing and communication, board engagement, fundraising, and strategic programs. She especially works with the department of Community and Economic Development, managing the Financial Advancement Network to bring financial education to over 3,000 individuals annually.

As a native Californian, Kalie received her Bachelors from the University of California Santa Barbara, and received her MPA at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government, earning the Public Service Leadership Award for her work in public service throughout her graduate education. She is also an alumni of both AmeriCorps State & National and AmeriCorps VISTA programs.


For questions about the Buchholz Fellowship, contact Lauren Cristella at lcristella@seventy.org.