Board Members

Melissa Wright

President

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Melissa is currently an Associate Director at Econsult Solutions, Inc. where she primarily works in their Government & Public Policy and Economic Development practice areas. She has spent many years working in K-12 education at both Teach for America as a Director of Performance Measurement and Evaluation and Project Manager for the School District of Philadelphia in the Superintendent’s office focused on building a System of Great Schools for all children close to where they live. She is passionate about quality public education and advocating for marginalized groups. Melissa served in many roles in the District including as an Associate in the District Performance Office for her Education Pioneers Fellowship placement and Data Analyst for their Pregnant and Parenting Student Program, ELECT. Before joining the School District, she worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s PolicyLab as a Study Coordinator investigating programs designed to promote minority faculty persistence in academic medicine.

A strong proponent of democratic participation, Melissa has served the League in many capacities including the Philadelphia League as Treasurer from 2018 to 2020. She also serves at the state level as Treasurer for the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania. In her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, she is also an active member of the Connections and Social Action Committee which works to promote sound public policy, voting rights, and social justice.

Melissa is a proud Fordham Ram, earning her Bachelors in Economics. She also holders a Master of Education from Penn’s Graduate School of Education in Education Policy and a Master of Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she is an avid reader, runner, and baker. She has one cat, named Cupcake, as an ode to her love of baking.

Morgan Robinson

1st Vice President

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Morgan was born and bred in Philadelphia. A lifer and graduate of Friends’ Central School, she decided to stay in Philadelphia for college. Following graduating high school Morgan attended Temple University for undergrad and graduate work with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Fox School of Business and Master of Science from The School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management. During her time in college and postgraduate Morgan has worked in nonprofits in varying capacities. Beginning with Please Touch Museum, she found her love of working with others and bringing forth the mission of an organization. Morgan has also worked at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania focusing her efforts on an important program that caters to girls whose mothers are currently and previously incarcerated and bringing them the Girl Scout mission. Morgan worked for the American Cancer Society working diligently in the greater Philadelphia area community in the fight against cancer. Currently Morgan is working at American Association for Cancer Research working nationwide with family foundations to support cancer research. In her spare time Morgan enjoys time with family and friends, traveling to new countries and trying new restaurants in Philly. Having always been civically focused, Morgan has served as President for Young Involved Philadelphia and served in the 2022-2023 Buchholz Fellowship cohort.

Keshema Davidson

2nd Vice President

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Keshema is the Manager of Community Affairs at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. Cristo Rey combines a rigorous college prep curriculum with an innovative Work-Study model to serve students and families from under-resourced neighborhoods all across the Philadelphia region. She manages special projects for the school and works closely with the neighborhood, the Tioga section of North Philadelphia, to ensure that Cristo Rey serves not only its students but also its community. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from Drexel University and holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Temple University. Previous to Cristo Rey, she was the Program Director for a legal education company based in Philadelphia called LawMeets. She has also worked at Drexel Law School, the National Education Association, and Street Law Inc. Keshema was born in Jamaica and immigrated to Beltsville, Maryland in high school before making her way to Philadelphia. She serves on the board of Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary (NICE), a volunteer led effort to support the GW Childs Elementary School in Point Breeze. Keshema was also a Buchholz Fellow with the Committee of Seventy.

Jasmine Lamb

Treasurer

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Jasmine is a Financial Analyst for the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Grants Fiscal Services, where she provides financial and budget support for federal, state, and private grants. Previously, she worked for State Representative Tina Davis and the PA House of Representative’s Finance Committee. She also dedicated 2 ½ years of public service to the AmeriCorps program, JusticeCorps, for the Los Angeles County Superior Courts of California. 

She earned her Master of Public Policy degree from Temple University and graduated from California State University of Long Beach with an undergraduate degree in economics. She has been the Treasurer for LWV Philly since 2021. Jasmine relocated to Pennsylvania in 2017 and currently resides in West Philadelphia with her two cats, Gritty and Hot Dog. Outside her professional commitments, Jasmine enjoys fostering cats and volunteering for PAWS, baking, and visiting National Parks.

Emily Schulman

Budget Chair

Emily is thrilled to be a member of the League of Women Voters of Philadelphia in the role of budget chair. Emily works in Management Consulting for North Highland, where she gets to bring her love of transportation to her career by supporting transportation entities to accomplish their organizational, technological, and process optimization goals. Emily’s background is in education where she worked for a family foundation in Washington, D.C., providing family engagement support services for DC Public Schools. Emily holds a B.S. in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary, and a Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Emily is a big Philly fan, including its people, food, and sports teams. She likes to bike and protect democracy. 

Miriam Lipschutz

Secretary

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Miriam Lipschutz has lived in Philadelphia since 2018 and is proud to now call this city home. She currently works as a policy manager at Benefits Data Trust, a nonprofit that harnesses the power of data, technology, and policy to streamline public benefits systems and provide efficient and dignified access to assistance. In her role, she works directly with state and federal agencies, as well as community partners, to create policies and processes that will streamline access to benefits such as SNAP, WIC, and Medicaid. Previously, Miriam worked at Challah for Hunger as the Director of Advocacy, working to mobilize students and communities to end hunger on college campuses. She completed a year of service with Repair the World where she mobilized people to volunteer with food justice organizations in Central Brooklyn. She is a proud alum of both Temple, where she earned her Master’s in Public Policy, and the University of Vermont, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Animal Science. She resides in South Philadelphia with her partner and cat. 

During her time on the board, Miriam hopes to continue the legacy of her grandmother, Helen Heumann, who served on the League of Women Voters of Roselle, New Jersey for several decades and inspired Miriam’s commitment to be civically engaged and never miss an election. 

Renee Androckitis

Program Chair

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Renee serves as the Manager for Regional Advocacy at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, where she leads efforts to enhance quality of life across Greater Philadelphia and manages elements of the organization’s federal and state legislative affairs. In continued service to the region as a philanthropist and advocate, Renee serves as the Programs Chair for both the Philadelphia League of Women Voters and Impact100 Philadelphia. Beyond her professional endeavors, Renee holds a master’s degree in political management and continues to find joy in those things that indulge her curiosity and creativity – watching Jeopardy!,attempting new recipes to share when hosting friends and family, and learning to embroider. 

Shannon Connell

Communications Chair

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Shannon moved to Philadelphia shortly after graduating from Chestnut Hill College in 2011 with a BA in political science. While she attended Chestnut Hill she was an intern for former Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition. 

After graduating Shannon worked as a paralegal in the office of Children and Youth in Montgomery County. She currently works at White and Williams and graduated from Temple in 2021 with a Masters Degree in Public Policy and a Certificate in Geospatial Information System (GIS). She also serves on the board of Young Involved Philadelphia. She is passionate about civic engagement and community organizing.

Jane Grabias

Voter Services Chair

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Jane Grabias is currently Director of Programs for PHILADELPHIA250, the nonprofit helping create a “people’s commemoration” for the 250th anniversary of the country in 2026. Its mission is to engage Philadelphia’s diverse communities in the commemoration and help make connections between the spirit and ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the challenges, debates and opportunities communities experience today. In this role, Jane oversees the development and execution of a suite of program partnerships and events, anchored in neighborhood gateways around the city, focused on civic engagement, storytelling, and legacy projects.  Previously she was the Director of Corporate Partnerships for United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Director of Fellowship Programs at Eisenhower Fellowships. A third-generation Philadelphian, Jane has a BA from Swarthmore College and an MPA from Columbia University.

Cassidy Martin

Board Member At-Large

I am so excited to begin working with the League of Women Voters! I think the League is doing amazing things, and my career and personal interests led me to a place where I think I am someone who can bring something to the table for this organization.

I grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (my parents still live on a dairy farm there!) and moved to Pittsburgh to attend the University of Pittsburgh for my undergraduate studies in 2014. I went into my undergraduate studies thinking I would go to law school and immediately began work in Political Science and English Literature. At Pitt, I was a tour guide, an undergraduate teaching assistant, and was a member of the pre-law fraternity.

I was able to graduate a semester early but was not yet committed to going to law school. My first job out of college was at a corporate law firm which showed me very quickly law was not for me! During my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to intern with Councilman Corey O’Connor, and while I was trying to decide my next steps post undergrad, my mind kept going back to this internship and how much I enjoyed it. I did a lot of constituent work with the Councilman but also had the opportunity to do research on free menstrual products in public restrooms, advocate for bike lanes, and work on getting sidewalks and streetlights repaired. I also worked on the Councilman’s reelection campaign during this time and decided I wanted to focus my next steps on local politics.

I was an Urban Planning and Analysis major at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Policy and International Affairs, which heavily focused on local policy. I knew after finishing my degree I was ready to move to Philadelphia and was extremely fortunate to work with the Committee of Seventy as a Policy and Program Fellow during my last semester of graduate school. Lauren Cristella was and is an incredible colleague and friend who introduced me to Philadelphia and helped me navigate moving and applying for jobs, and for that I am forever grateful to her! I started with the Old City District in June 2021 and love the work I am fortunate enough to do. I continue to assist Committee of Seventy with staffing polling places on Election Day!

I am extremely interested in policy and creating equitable, impactful change for all. Voting and involvement in community is so important to me, and I think the work the League does in policy advocacy and voter interests is incredible. I also appreciate how the League is bipartisan. I look forward to working with the League and am committed to do whatever I can bring to the table.

Genevieve Greene

Policy Chair

Genevieve Greene (she/her) is a longtime Philadelphia resident with a passion for building trust between the public and their government. Genevieve has spent nearly eight years working in government and politics with expertise in communications, operations and administration. Most recently, Genevieve served as Operations Director for Rebecca Rhynhart’s campaign for mayor of Philadelphia. In this role, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations and core functions of the campaign. Genevieve also served as the point person for all large projects and helped streamline communication, manage competing timelines and priorities, and overcome roadblocks to reach campaign goals.

From 2018 to 2022, Genevieve worked in Communications for the City of Philadelphia – Office of the City Controller. Using thoughtful communication, she worked to make government information more accessible to the public, prioritize reaching diverse audiences, and position the office as a champion for change. During her time with the Controller’s Office, Genevieve led high-profile report releases including investigations into the City’s response to civil unrest in 2020 and the Sheriff’s Office gun inventory. Prior to joining the Controller’s Office, Genevieve was an Account Coordinator for a healthcare public relations agency and held several positions with the City of Philadelphia.

Genevieve attended community college in Massachusetts, her home state, before transferring to Temple University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication. Genevieve has lived in Philadelphia for more than ten years. In her free time, she enjoys live music, board games and spending time outdoors biking and hiking.

Michelle Sonsino

Nominating Chair

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Michelle has over 18 years of diverse community affairs, government relations, communications, and fundraising experience. 

Michelle currently serves as the Director of Institutional Giving and Government Relations at University of the Arts. Prior, she was the Director of Communications and Marketing at Germantown Friends School. Michelle has also held various non-profit administration roles, including: Director of Development at Career Wardrobe, Public Relations Specialist for the City of Philadelphia, Communications Manager for Chubb Insurance, and Manager of Institutional Giving at Women’s Way. Michelle interned for Philly.com when the site was in its infancy, and continued on as a part-time employee for two years after graduating from college. She remains obsessed with the news, specifically physical newspapers. 

Michelle has her BS in Journalism from Boston University, a certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the Fels School of Government, as well as a Masters of Public Administration – also from Fels. She served as President of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association from 2021-2022 where she increased their savings from just $10 to $55,000, bringing in sponsors and offering appealing and relevant events. She also created strong partnerships with the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and The Asian American Journalists Association. 

Michelle volunteers with Saved Me animal rescue and has two sweet dogs, Crouton and Gretel. Michelle lives in Bella Vista with her husband, son Max, and daughter Sammy. She spends a lot of time in the Italian Market, eating, drinking coffee, mingling with neighbors, and taking Sammy to music class.

Sandy Vogel

Membership Chair

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Sandy Vogel is an Administrative Specialist at Aspen Leadership Group, an executive search firm supporting nonprofit organizations across the United States. Before joining Aspen Leadership Group, Sandy worked at the University of Pennsylvania focused on project management, office administration, and event execution for diverse audiences in the School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to Penn, she worked at Drexel University at the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, where she connected students to volunteer opportunities with Philadelphia non-profit organizations and managed the university’s voter engagement efforts. Sandy’s leadership on voter engagement during the 2018 midterms garnered Drexel’s designation as a Voter Friendly Campus and a “Best in Class” award from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. Since April 2020, she has taught Civic 101: Introduction to Civic Engagement as an adjunct instructor with the Lindy Center. Sandy previously served as a Buchholz Fellow (2020-21) with the Committee of Seventy, an independent and nonpartisan organization for better government in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Sandy holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in sociology from Temple University and a master’s degree in urban strategy from Drexel University. 

Lauren Cristella

Board Member At-Large

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It was Lauren’s passion for active citizenship, strong public leadership and practical policy-making that led her to Broad Street and the organization that shares her dedication. As the Chief of Staff & Chief Program Officer of the Committee of Seventy, Lauren is responsible for board development, external affairs, youth civic engagement, the election program, the Buchholz Fellowship Program, and events.

Prior to joining C70, Lauren was the Director of Student Affairs & Strategic Operations at Penn’s Fels Institute of Government. She spent seven years ensuring that students had excellent internships and job prospects in government, nonprofits, and private firms that serve the public interest. She also secured a number of record-breaking gifts to Fels, in addition to overseeing dozens of events each year and general operations.

Before joining Fels, Lauren spent five fun years at the National Constitution Center. During her tenure there, Lauren worked in the education department, where she first began to wish that people would celebrate Constitution Day (September 17th) without being legally obligated to do so. She later joined the Center’s senior management team as the Director of Special Projects for the CEO. In that position, Lauren led the team that created the Center’s blog, Constitution Daily, and facilitated the creation and adoption of a new five- year strategic plan. Lauren was also a member of the Center’s international team, which was responsible for the creation of the Being We the People exhibition and website, as well as a guide to voting in national elections for Afghan citizens, created in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme.

Lauren received her bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she majored in politics, and interned at the International Center for Terrorism Studies. She went on to receive her master’s degree from the University of Essex in Colchester, England in Ethics, Politics and Public Policy.

Lauren, her husband Doug, children Theo and Penelope, and their dog, Utley, reside in South Philadelphia so they can easily feed their love of the Philly sports and good food.

Shannon McLaughlin

Board Member At-Large

Shannon McLaughlin is the Communications Manager at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia where she promotes inclusive growth and champions businesses who have chosen to make Philadelphia their home. 

She previously worked as a Senior Account Executive at Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy, where she developed multi-faceted communications, digital and advocacy campaigns, and as Executive Administrator for Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence, a position that gave her insight into the inner workings of local government and election administration.

She graduated from Temple University in 2015 with a double major in political science and strategic communications and a concentration in public relations. On campus, Shannon led student voter registration and GOTV efforts. 

Shannon lives in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia.