Uncategorized05 Apr 2022 05:19 pm

Election for the 2022-23 Board of Directors will take place this year with two different voting option. Neighbors who are invited to vote electronically. Voting links will be sent out to our mailing list on April 29th. 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
  • Printout of OPA page (MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PHOTO ID)
  • Business Privilege License or other permit (for business owner)

    Please be prepared to submit this documentation.

Electronic votes must be submitted by Monday, May 2 at 11:59pm. If you live within our boundaries neighbors who are not on our e-mailing list you can sign up here. If you would like a paper ballot, email nominating@passyunk.org.

In-person voting will take place at our May general meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd with details and location to be announced. We are also planning to invite candidates for the upcoming Philadelphia and commonwealth elections for a meet and greet on this date. Check our social media for details. 

The four candidates for five open seats on the 2022-23 ballot:

Ben Bryant
Christine Knapp (up for re-election)
Theresa Rose (up for re-election)
Bradley Wilhelm (up for re-election)

See below for candidate answers to questions about why they are running for the PSCA board.

Thank you to all who have stepped forward to serve in this important role!

BEN BRYANT

What experience have you had with volunteering in the neighborhood?

I’ve participated in several different volunteer activities, including neighborhood tree plantings and clean-ups at Columbus Square. From 2021-2022 I also volunteered to run a public outreach process to resolve short-term issues and discuss the long-term vision for Christopher Columbus Charter School’s planned expansion on Clarion Street.

Why do you want to be on the Board of Directors?

I’m an urban planner and designer by trade, so much of the Board’s focus is relevant to both my professional experience, but also to my personal experience as a parent of three kids in the neighborhood. I realized while running the public outreach process regarding Christopher Columbus Charter School’s planned expansion last year that my skillset was really valued by my neighbors, the school’s leadership, PSCA, and our elected officials, and that I enjoyed working with PSCA Board members and other entities in solving long-standing issues. The bulk of my professional experience is focused in neighborhood planning, and in finding creative, low-cost solutions that can lead to wider, systemic changes. As such, I hope to be able to bring these talents to the Board of Directors and help neighbors at large work together for a better community.

What strengths and skills would you bring to your Board service?

I have significant experience in many areas of the Board’s work, much of which I’m interested in, but I think the core talent I bring to the table is the ability to listen to others and synthesize lots of different inputs, frame realistic end goals, create coalitions to achieve these aims, and develop practical solutions to vexing problems. I also have a talent for engaging neighbors of all backgrounds, and a particular interest in hearing from portions of the neighborhood that haven’t been as engaged in the work of PSCA in the past.

CHRISTINE KNAPP (up for re-election)

What experience have you had with volunteering in the neighborhood?

I have been on the PSCA board for almost 15 years, with a two year gap, and have led neighborhood clean-ups, organized block parties and served as a Committee person.

Why do you want to be on the Board of Directors?

I believe PSCA helps to connect neighbors to each other and supports a more beautiful and vibrant neighborhood, and I enjoy supporting the organization’s efforts.

What strengths and skills would you bring to your Board service?

Institutional knowledge, awareness of City programs, board service experience

THERESA ROSE (up for re-election)

What experience have you had with volunteering in the neighborhood?

My first volunteer contributions in the neighborhood were treeplanting at Columbus Square Park and serving as a Stormwater Ambassador. I have also organized the PSCA Art Auction, as well as donated artwork to the fundraiser. Annually, I participate in neighborhood and park clean up days as well as organize the Percy Street Arts Walk. I have been a PSCA Board member since 2018 and the most recent PSCA Board President (2021-22).

Why do you want to be on the Board of Directors?

I value our Passyunk Square neighborhood, its parks, its schools and mostly importantly, its neighbors. I see the way that knowing our neighbors, helping each other out, can make people happier and create stronger communities. I hope to play a role in that orchestration.

What strengths and skills would you bring to your Board service?

Professionally, I bring general administrative and management skills to the Board. As an artist and cultural producer, I bring arts knowledge and arts programming experience. On a more personal note, I care deeply for my neighbors and carry with me a spirit of optimism and concern that, at the end of the day, fuel my participation and interactions. I love meeting new people and connecting with neighbors.

BRADLEY WILHELM (up for re-election)

What experience have you had with volunteering in the neighborhood?

I’ve been a volunteer board member for 2 years now!

Why do you want to be on the Board of Directors?

I value this community and feel very fortunate to be able to live here. Volunteering on the Board of Directors is how I pay that gratitude forward.

What strengths and skills would you bring to your Board service?

Analysis, public-sector background, and lots of effort.

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