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Are you passionate about Philadelphia, our government, and citizen engagement? 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 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. Applicants will be notified of their admissions status by August 24, 2018.

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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.

The application period for 2018-2019 is now open. Applications are due August 3, 2018.

To apply, please submit the following information via the form below. Please note that current government or campaign employees are not eligible for the fellowship.

  • Contact information: Name, Organization Name, Title, Address, email and phone
  • Your resume
  • One letter of recommendation from your current employer
  • Three additional professional or personal references
  • A personal statement that addresses the following (limit of 500 words per question):
    • Why are you interested in becoming a Buchholz Fellow?
    • How would you describe your past and present community leadership experience?
    • What positive difference do you hope to make to this city, the region, and the Commonwealth?

Meet the 2017-2018 inaugural class of Buchholz Fellows:

  • Jennifer Devor, Director of Partnerships, Campus Philly: Devor builds and maintains relationships with companies, governments, nonprofits, students and college administrations nationally. She is also a South Philadelphia block captain, elected Committeeperson, and President of Neighbors Invested in Childs Elementary (NICE). She is a 2006 graduate of the University of the Arts.
     
  • Gaige Flint, Director of Government Affairs, Comcast: Flint is a board member of Philly Set Go and has completed a five-month fellowship with the New Leaders Council. Gaige a co-lead for Comcast’s Young Professionals Network. He is a graduate of Lehigh University (B.A. History), Villanova School of Business (MBA) and Villanova University School of Law.
     
  • Christopher Havener, Associate Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Employment Law, Aramark: He has served as a volunteer for the Committee of Seventy, has provided pro bono counsel for the Resolute Alliance in Yorktown and pro bono employment counseling for Teach for America and Moving Traditions. He is a graduate of Princeton (A.B. Sociology) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
     
  • Nathan Singh, Clinical Fellow, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Pennsylvania: He is the founder and co-president of Moving Philly Forward and the Founding member of Indivisible Leadership for Southeast Pennsylvania. Nathan is a graduate of Haverford College and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (MD and MS, Translational Research). He has completed his internship and residency. 
     
  • Jason Tucker, Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, Goldenberg Group: Tucker co-founded Philadelphia's Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT) which is dedicated to attracting and retaining talented young individuals to Philadelphia. He was also a co-founder of PhilaSoup, a non-profit organization that strives to promote innovation in education by convening representatives from the Philadelphia education community in order to promote the cross pollination of ideas and best practices, and to fund specific projects sponsored by individual educators. Tucker has served on the Board of Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) for the last two years and has been involved with the organization as a member for the last four years. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Temple University’s Beasley School of Law

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