Are you passionate about Philadelphia? Do you want to know more about how to positively affect 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 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 third cohort of Buchholz Fellows. Ideal candidates are emerging young leaders (recommended age is 25-35) 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 have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in nonprofit leadership by serving as one of our board members. 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 are full participants in Seventy’s conversations, discussions, and debates around governance and public policy issues facing Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of PA. Additionally, Fellows are matched with a current board member who will serve as a mentor and advisor during the fellowship year. This fellowship is a great opportunity for young professionals to gain leadership skills in a nonprofit setting while having a voice in Seventy’s mission for better government in Philadelphia.
Fellows are expected to pay a $250 contribution, however, no applicants will be refused consideration due to financial hardship.
The 2019-2020 application process for Buchholz Fellows is now closed. Please check back in June of 2020 for the application process for the 2020-2021 Buchholz Fellows opportunity.
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 2019-2020 class of Buchholz Fellows:
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, PIDC
Tarik is the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel with PIDC. He has gained a depth of legal experience and has a strong history of service to the Philadelphia community. A graduate of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (B.A.) and Rutgers-Camden School of Law (J.D.), he worked with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and supported Pennsylvania’s citizens as an Income Maintenance Caseworker. Tarik began his legal career at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where he was a dynamic member of the Corporate and Securities Practice Group and focused on Mergers & Acquisitions and Finance. While at Drinker, he also provided pro bono legal services that included small business counseling and land sales in Philadelphia neighborhoods. As the current Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at PIDC, he leads efforts to negotiate business agreements, supports risk management, and collaborate to advance PIDC’s goals. Tarik is a proven leader in management, marketing, and development.
Associate, Greenberg Traurig
Director, The Governor's Woods Foundation
Clarissa is currently the Managing Editor of DelanceyPlace.com with the Governor’s Woods Foundation. Before becoming the Managing Editor, Clarissa spent a number of years supporting the legal efforts of law firms Pepper Hamilton and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young as a Paralegal. She took her experiences there and became a leader in the literary world, being a part of the analytic, strategic marketing, and optimization of DelanceyPlace.com at the Governor’s Woods Foundation. Clarissa holds a degree in American Government Politics from Bryn Mawr College.
Consultant, Envoy Growth Advisory
Analyst, Heidrick & Struggles; CIO, Lazarus Rising
Senior Officer for Biomedical Programs, Pew
Sara's career encompasses a wide range of experiences, from community arts programming to engineering research development. For five years she worked in academia at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University where she supported a total of over 100 faculty in the development of collaborative research proposals as well as science curriculum for high school students and the general public. She currently serves as a Senior Officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she focuses on strategic planning, budget management, and special event logistics for a portfolio of biomedical research grants. Sara holds a degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and is an alumni of AmeriCorps VISTA (Philly Fellows). She also enjoys spending time mentoring undergraduates as they make the transition from the scholarly to the professional world.