Uncategorized06 Apr 2021 01:52 pm

Elections this year will be held virtually. Voting links will be sent out to our mailing list on April 26th. Only votes from those who can verify they live, own property or own a business in the neighborhood will be counted. If you have voted in past elections, we will verify your information via past records.

If you are new to voting, you must verify that you are eligible to vote as a member of PSCA. Membership is automatic for anyone who lives, owns property or owns a business with the primary location within the boundaries of PSCA. To verify, ONE of the following documents can be used as proof:

  • Voter registration card
  • Executed lease agreement (either for renter or business owner)
  • Deed
  • Valid driver’s license or state-issued ID with an address in the neighborhood
  • Utility bill
  • Business Privilege License or other permit (for business owner)

    Please be prepared to submit this documentation.

Votes must be submitted by Tuesday, May 4 at 11:59pm. If you live within our boundaries and are not on our e-mailing list you can sign up here. If you would like a paper ballot, email nominating@passyunk.org.

The seven candidates for the seven open seats on the 2021-22 ballot are as follows:

Adriana Adelé Akintobi
Sarah Anton (up for reelection)
Jeff Brown (up for reelection)
Sanaz Hojreh
Kamaryn Norris
Suzanne Tavani (up for reelection)
José Luis Uribe

Adriana Adelé Akintobi
Adriana volunteers through the City at large through yoga + well-being classes with different not-for-profit organizations and engages with community [primarily virtually] to partake in mutual aid + redistribution of resources.

Adriana’s answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the board” was:
“I was asked to put my name into the running for Board of Directors by Suzanne Tavani after a discussion this summer about the name change of Columbus Park and the need for the Civic Association Board to more accurately represent the demographics of the neighborhood. I want to be on the Board as it’s vitally important to root and bloom where we are planted and for the past 7 years, that has been here in Philly. Community care is the backbone of a strong community and it starts in your neighborhood.

Adriana’s answer to the question “What skills would you bring to the board” was:
“Skills developed during my time as the Homeland Security Grant Program Manager for the City of Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management: effective communication [listening and speaking] with a range of people; analytic thinking capable of seeing the details and the big picture; the ability to manage budgets and multiple projects. Personal strengths: passionate about creating inclusive + equitable spaces and communities; the ability catalyze and mobilize people in service of the collective good.”

Sarah Anton
Sarah has been involved with PSCA for nine years and on the board for the past eight years. She started by being involved with the Tree Tender program and by volunteering at Passyunk Gardens. Soon after this, She started co-chairing the Beautification Committee and then joined the board. She has continued in her role as Beautification Chair and since joining the board, served three years as Treasurer and currently serves as the Board President.

Sarah’s answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the board” was:
“Since getting involved with PSCA I’ve learned a lot about different strategies for working with neighbors to address all kinds of challenges and opportunities in our area. I hope to be able to contribute these experiences to good conversations going forward about whatever comes next, and to help our group be prepared and proactive. If elected for another term I hope to focus my board service on finishing projects I’m current working on, and supporting the next generation of leadership on the board. I want to really focus on hearing more about how others might want to get involved with PSCA, sharing my understanding of what it is to serve, and figuring out ways to make it rewarding and productive for neighbors to get involved with the organization.

My work with the board to date gives me a great deal of experience to draw on in all areas of operation for our neighborhood association – for example, ensuring smooth operations related to our neighborhood association’s RCO role, managing tree plantings, contributing to gardening activities and SPOAC and Passyunk Gardens, negotiating our new trash contract, maintaining relationships with school and park groups, and working with other non-profit groups in our area, the 3rd Police District, and local and state government offices. I also have a background in non-profit management and fundraising that I hope to continue to use to help strengthen programs and operations. I’m a Master Gardener and have completed the Citizen’s Planning course offered by the city’s office of Planning and Development.”

Jeff Brown
Secretary, PSCA. Governance Council Capitolo Community Garden. Capitolo Playground Advisory Council Member. Love Your Park participant. Philly Spring Cleanup, block clean-up organizer.

Jeff’s answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the board” was:
“I love the neighborhood. Although it has changed significantly in the 35 years since I moved in, I still love it. The neighborhood is so convenient for dining, food shopping, gyms, parks and community gardens, the post office, and the list goes on. It is among the most diverse in terms of demographics in the City. For the most part, residents on the blocks are friendly and willing to help each other. I want to be on the Board of Directors to help give back to the neighborhood and ensure that it retains its distinct character within our City.

Some of the strengths and skills that I bring to the Board are: my organizing experience ( I was a Union President and representative for 38 years ); my knowledge of the City of Philadelphia and its bureaucracy (I worked for a City agency for 34 years); my ability to take notes and transcribe them; my knowledge of the neighborhood and many residents; and my experience on the governing bodies of the Capitolo Playground Advisory Council and the Capitolo Community Garden.”

Sanaz Hojreh
Sanaz has been co-chairing the PSCA Art Auction for the past 3 years. She also participates in Love Your Park events at Columbus Square Park, clean-up days around the neighborhood, and other events. Her career has been in non-profit management with deep roots in community building all through the lens of the arts. She has experience in project management, budgeting, fundraising, programming, and has held roles as a team member as well as a leader. She currently sits on three boards and understands the role and duty of a board member.

Sanaz’s answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the board” was:
“Civic responsibility is super important to me. If we seek growth and improvement in our community then we are the ones who have to engage in the process to ensure that it takes place. I would welcome the opportunity to build on what’s already been built and sustain and grow PSCA along with my neighbors.”

Kamaryn Norris
Kamaryn has been participating in PSCA general meetings for some time, participating in our online surveys, making connections throughout the neighborhood, and relaying neighborhood/city concerns to local elected officials

Kamaryn’s answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the board” was:
“I am grateful for the opportunity to apply to PSCA’s board, as I have a strong sense of pride living in the neighborhood and find gratification in making it an ever better place to live. Participating in the Civic has been a helpful way for me to feel that sense of neighborhood/community when I first moved here, and I’d like to collaborate with other Civic members and Board leadership on how we can take that even further to others who call this neighborhood home. I think there are many opportunities to leverage the resources, committee work, and programming of the civic to help inform decisions that are made in the city and our neighborhood.

My background is in public policy and communication (I work full-time in Government Affairs at a local hospital), and would bring my professional experience to the work of the board, which includes knowledge of local legislative processes and community development. I am a graduate of an 8-week civic non-profit Board Prep program and the Philadelphia Planning Commission’s Citizen Planning Institute (CPI). Beyond formal training, I think I’d bring a different perspective and experience. I also love to engage and research that leads to solutions. Additionally, I am deeply involved in many organizing and advocacy groups in the city focused on making Philadelphia a better place to live for all, so I would proactively make connections and share relevant information. I thought about joining the board in a past election cycle but ultimately decided against it because I didn’t have the capacity at the time. Thanks all for consideration!!”

Suzanne Tavani
Member, Board of Director and Chair, Zoning Committee — Passyunk Square Civic Association; life-long resident of the community

Suzanne’s answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the board” was:
“For the last 6 years I have been involved with the Zoning Committee of the Passyunk Square Civic Association — initially as a member and now as Chair. I believe that it’s important to have as many voices involved in the PSCA as possible. As a life-long resident of the neighborhood — and the only Board member with that distinction — it has become increasingly important to me to share the voice and represent the voice of life-long community members.

Historical knowledge of the community is important and I believe that I represent those voices. In the past five years, I have brought organization, direction, and accountability to the Zoning Committee.”

José Luis Uribe
Luis has been active in the neighborhood coaching the Lobos soccer league. He wants to be part of the board of directors to help his community. He is bilingual and would bring these speaking skills to the group as well as helping to strengthen ties to the Hispanic community.

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