Democracy Summer Pennsylvania 2018
Kol Tzedek, 707 S 50th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Session I — Monday, June 18 – Friday, July 20
Session II — Tuesday, July 24 – Tuesday, August 21

Democracy Summer Pennsylvania will be based in Philadelphia. Fellows will partner with candidates in swing districts including Pennsylvania’s 6th, 7th, and 8th Congressional Districts and New Jersey’s 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts.

Pennsylvania Leadership

Danny Galpern, Regional Director
DannyDanny Galpern is the Regional Director for Democracy Summer in Philadelphia, PA. He has several years of prior experience working with young people as a teacher and camp counselor. He has experience in political organizing with young people, Jewish groups, and teachers. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Danny has lived in Philadelphia for the past four years. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master’s student at Drexel University School of Public Health.

Valerie Horn, Program Associate/Senior Fellow
valerieValerie is from Ithaca, NY and enjoys traveling, water color painting, reading and trying new restaurants. She found her passion for social justice and promoting equality through volunteer work for Cornell University’s Yang Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. She has gained valuable experience through an internship working as a Legislative Aide during the 2017 session for Harry B. Bronson, New York State Assemblyman. Valerie was also very involved on campus in several student organizations such as Student Government. Valerie is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Science, Technology and Public Policy at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Session I Democracy Summer Pennsylvania Fellows

Meet our Session I Democracy Summer Fellows!

Saia Chin – Central High School
SaiaMy name is Saia Chin. I am from North Philadelphia. I am a 16 year old going into junior year of high school, and attend Central High School. I was excited to sign up and join Democracy Summer to gain more knowledge and experience in politics. I’ve come across issues that are important to me, some of them being immigrants getting forcefully separated from their children, and public schools not being funded to give children the education that they deserve.

Ethan Daguisan – Central High School
Ethan DHello, my name is Ethan Daguisan. I am 16 years old and from West Philadelphia. I go to Central High School. I wanted to do Democracy Summer because I wanted a closer look in the world of politics and be able to learn what I can do to help my community right now and more in the future. Issues that I care about is health care, immigration, net neutrality, and the conservation of the environment.

Andrea Gonzalez – Julia R. Masterman High School
andrea gonzalezMy name is Andrea Gonzalez. I am 16 years old and I’m from Northeast Philadelphia. I am a rising senior at Julia R. Masterman High. I decided to take part in Democracy Summer because I wanted to gain the tools I needed to make positive change. I want equal opportunity, treatment, and resources for all, and I intend on working towards that goal in my community.

Jackie Shi – University of Pennsylvania 

Jackie ShiI’m from Queens, New York and I’m currently a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Political Science and Sociology. I’m participating in Democracy Summer in order to learn how to be more politically involved within my community and to gain first-hand experience in public policy. I care about a range of domestic policy issues including freedom from gun violence and full and fair funding for education.

Ezra Singler – Friends Select School
ezra singlerI’m Ezra Singler, a 16 year old from Mt. Airy. I currently go to Friends Select School. I joined Democracy Summer because the world is in desperate need of action and I’ve always understood the importance of politics. I’m passionate about economic justice and education rights.

Jack Wagner – The Ohio State University
Jack WagnerI am Jack Wagner and I’m 19 years old. I’m from Belle Mead, NJ and I go to the Ohio State University. I joined Democracy Summer because I care deeply about politics at all levels and I felt that the program would offer me the opportunity to learn about and interact with government at all levels. I specifically care about civil rights, healthcare, gun laws, prison reform and urban issues.

Tyesha Witherspoon –  University of Virginia
TyeshaHi! My name is Tyesha Witherspoon, I am 20 years old and from West Philadelphia. Currently, I am a rising 4th year at the University of Virginia, double majoring in sociology and government. I choose to do Democracy Summer to explore my interest in local level politics. From the time I was in high school, I’ve had a passion for both social justice and advocacy work. An issue that is dear to my heart is education, the current state of public schools in inner cities is very much horrendous. Upon graduation from UVA I intend to explore a career in education policy with the hopes of strengthening our nation’s education system.

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