THE ADVISORY BOARD
Chris Arlene is the Principal of Chris Arlene Consulting. After graduating from Penn State with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, Chris served as an AmeriCorps member and staff member at City Year Philadelphia, where he led teams of diverse young adults who supported students at neighborhood high schools and executed large-scale service events. Inspired by learning how complex socioeconomic challenges impact real people in classrooms and communities across Philadelphia, he decided to strengthen his ability to address those problems at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he earned a Master in Public Policy. After graduate school Chris returned to Philadelphia and joined the Management and Budgeting Consulting practice at PFM, where he supported local government clients to develop strategic plans and implement performance-based budgeting strategies. He then joined the Office of the Superintendent at the School District of Philadelphia to lead the implementation of cross-cutting strategic initiatives. A member of the United States Army Reserve, Chris recently started an independent consulting practice, Chris Arlene Consulting. Note: Chris is on a temporary leave of absence from the Board until Fall 2022.
Barbara Beck is a co-founding principal of Sage Communications, which partners with nonprofit, foundation and public agency leaders to help them think about new ways to advocate, influence and accelerate social impact. Beck previously worked as a public affairs officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She also worked at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as director of news and public affairs. In addition, Beck has two decades of experience in the news business at The Philadelphia Daily News and The Los Angeles Herald Examiner.
Zachary Epps is a dynamic facilitator, analytical thinker and servant leader committed to producing measurable improvements in the lives of children, youth, and families. Throughout his emerging career, Zachary has committed to elevating youth voice and agency, led efforts to establish a shared, cross-sector vision for improving collaborative impact and has worked directly with domestic and international organizations to empower communities and leaders to implement results-based and data-driven decision making. A lifelong learner and avid competitor, Zachary enjoys spending time in one of Philadelphia’s many parks with his wife, Phylicia and their terrific toddlers, Carter and Micah.
Mary Horstmann has spent her career working to expand access to broader economic opportunities for underserved residents and communities. She currently serves as Vice President of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co., leading grantmaking in the Delaware Valley, focused on the expansion of affordable housing, access to quality jobs for individuals with barriers to employment, and resources for entrepreneurs of color to start and grow their business. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade at the City of Philadelphia, launching new policies and programs to help communities thrive, most recently as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Health and Human Services. This work included developing collaborative approaches to reduce evictions, expand early childhood education, and combat hunger and homelessness. Before entering local government, Horstmann served as the Pennsylvania Program Director for the Center for Progressive Leadership, a national training organization dedicated to empowering emerging community leaders to build their capacity and expand their impact. She has also worked as a political fundraiser and community organizer.
Jane Isaacs Lowe
Jane Isaacs Lowe has an extensive career in philanthropy, academics, and social work. With an 18-year tenure at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she most recently served as their Senior Adviser for Program Development, and Director of the Vulnerable Populations Portfolio. Prior to that she was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work teaching and publishing in the areas of community health practice, administration, and planning. She began her career as a social worker and administrator at Mt. Sinai Medical Center (New York City) where she also was a faculty member in the medical school’s Department of Community Medicine. Throughout her career her work has focused on driving social change through the creation of programs and partnerships to address the many complex issues that impact the lives of vulnerable children/youth, families and adults. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Lutheran Services in America (LSA) and is a fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine. Lowe earned a doctorate in social welfare policy and planning from Rutgers University, a masters in social work from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Cedar Crest College, where she was a member of the board of trustees from 2008-2017.
Salomon Moreno-Rosa is a Consultant at Envoy Growth, a social impact consulting firm, where he supports private and public sector organizations with operational growth and strategic planning, new market expansion, and impact measurement. Prior to Envoy, Salomon led community-based programs and youth development initiatives at the Urban Affairs Coalition and conducted policy research and development at the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation (SICP) and the Office of Council President Darrell Clarke at Philadelphia City Council. Salomon is a 2019-2020 Buchholz Fellow through the Committee of 70 and serves on the board of Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) and the Eastern Steering Committee for Draw the Lines. Salomon is a native of Amherst, MA and holds master’s degrees in Public Administration and Education Policy and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Johannah Rogers is currently a Senior Brand Manager at Diageo where she offers strategic brand direction to win the hearts and minds of consumers on Diageo’s biggest business Crown Royal. Prior to this role, Johannah served as both Senior Brand Manager and Brand Manager of various leading brands within the Diageo portfolio. She has been responsible for leading multicultural marketing of the respective brands she managed to grow penetration with these diverse segments. Prior to Diageo, Johannah spent 3+ years in marketing at Campbell Soup Company where she garnered numerous awards and accolades for her work on the U.S. Soup business. In particular, she counts her work on the Andy Warhol limited edition soup cans sold exclusively at Target as her greatest accomplishment. Prior to her tenure at Campbell’s, Johannah spent 4 years working for the NBA in Team Business Development. Johannah has a passion for both lifestyle and multicultural marketing, passions she developed at Kellogg School of Management where she received an MBA with concentrations in Marketing, Accounting and Organizational Management. Johannah is a proud Duke Blue Devil. At Duke, she gained a B.A. in both Economics and Theater Studies. Johannah hails from Brooklyn, NY but is currently living in Harlem, NY. She enjoys running; traveling the world and playing with her dog Bane.
Rukiya Ross (she/her/hers) is Vice President of Business Strategy at Springboard Collaborative, an education non-profit. At Springboard, she is responsible for financial strategy, legal, HR, DEI, communications, and operations. She began her career at Goldman Sachs where she was on the private equity compliance team. Rukiya is Treasurer of her alumni class at Princeton, a Princeton Annual Giving class agent, and board Secretary of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni. She is a member of the Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) Alumni Advisory Committee. In addition to volunteer activities at her alma mater, Rukiya is a member of the Junior League of Philadelphia, where she serves on the Brand and Marketing Committee, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Rukiya is a graduate of Princeton University, with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a certificate in African American Studies. She is an avid reader and traveler, who loves to learn. A Detroit native, Rukiya lives in Center City Philadelphia with her husband, Jason, and dog, Coco.
Harper Seldin is an associate at the law firm of Cozen O’Connor. His practice focuses on business litigation and complex commercial disputes. His pro bono work includes civil rights litigation in federal court on behalf of transgender public school students. Harper is a Buchholz Fellow for the Committee of Seventy, and independent and nonpartisan advocate for better government in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Toll Public Interest Center Advisory Board and the Law Alumni Society Board of Managers at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His published legal scholarship focuses on child welfare. Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, Harper was federal law clerk for the Honorable Stewart Dalzell (ret.) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Harper graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as an articles editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He received a B.A., summa cum laude, in American history from the University of Pennsylvania.
Troy Spence has over 12 years experience managing teams, forming genuine relationships, and effectively utilizing his network to address risk for Fortune 100 companies. As a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Troy has extensive experience in risk management, white collar crime and compliance, while specializing in providing support for internal audit, legal and compliance functions across industries, including financial services, pharmaceutical and life sciences, technology and the public sector. He is consistently chosen to lead dynamic teams to quickly build rapport, establish themselves as qualified partners, and enhance value.
In addition to his client service responsibilities, Troy feeds his passion for coaching and advocacy by leading PwC’s Black Inclusion Network (BIN) for the Philadelphia Metro office. Within this role, Troy frequently speaks out on internal and external issues affecting Black employees, mentors staff as they navigate the firm, and meets with local and regional firm leadership to address pertinent issues including recruiting, retention, and coaching. BIN is proactive in its approach to implementing the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy, which Troy is helping to shape through his selection to PwC’s inaugural D&I Staff Council. Within this group of 25 employees selected across the entire US firm, Troy works directly with the PwC Chairman and other senior leaders to design and implement initiatives in response to the social issues we currently face.
Troy lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children. He loves cooking and grilling, spending time with his siblings and family, craft beer, travel, and trusts the process of his hometown Sixers.
Alexandre Turner is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He dedicated the first seven years of his legal career to representing low-income clients accused of crimes, first at the Miami-Dade Public Defender, and subsequently at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Mr. Turner has tried hundreds of criminal matters before judges and juries. He has obtained favorable results in numerous serious cases, including where his clients were charged with firearm possession, arson, and attempted murder. Prior to opening his own practice, Mr. Turner was associated with the law firm Ballard Spahr LLP, where he litigated complex matters on behalf of local and national businesses. While at Ballard Spahr LLP, Mr. Turner participated in several internal investigations for high-profile clients facing potential government prosecution.
Bradley S. Bridge is an Assistant Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Philadelphia. Mr. Bridge graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Psychology in 1976 and from Harvard Law School with a J.D. in 1979. From 1979 to 1983 he worked in the State Appellate Defender in Chicago, Illinois representing indigent defendants in their appeals to the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Court and in federal habeas corpus cases in the Northern District of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit. From 1983 to the present he’s worked with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. His responsibilities have included representation of indigent defendants in Municipal Court, the Court of Common Pleas (waivers and jury trials, homicide and non-homicide cases), Juvenile Court, Mental Health Court, Pennsylvania Superior Court and Supreme Court, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and in the Third Circuit. His current assignment is with the homicide and appeals units. In connection with that, he is currently challenging in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Superior Court and in Courts of Common Pleas the constitutionality of sentencing juveniles to life imprisonment without parole. Other responsibilities include evaluation of cases that should be reopened in light of police corruption. He was involved in litigating issues arising out of the 39th District scandal as well as the Bureau of Narcotics Investigations and others. This has led to well over 450 cases being reopened and vacated from 1995 to the present.
Sophie Bryan is the Executive Director of Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal volunteering in the greater Philadelphia region and the pro bono arm of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Leveraging the power of volunteerism, VIP volunteers and staff assist thousands of clients and families annually in important civil legal matters impacting shelter, employment, family composition, and financial stability. Prior to joining VIP in June 2017, she was the Program Director at Reinvestment Fund for the Invest Health initiative, an effort to improve health and well-being in low-income neighborhoods in 50 mid-sized U.S. cities through better integrating community development, local government, and health sectors; training teams of cross-sector leaders; and attracting new sources of capital. Prior to joining Reinvestment Fund, Sophie held a series of positions at the School District of Philadelphia, most recently the Chief External Relations Officer, where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategic advocacy, government relations, external engagement, and communications plans to support the School District’s strategic priorities. Sophie’s prior experience includes serving as Chief of Staff to Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Green, in which role she focused on budgetary issues, tax policy, ethics and campaign finance reform, and reforming the City’s real estate assessment and taxation system. Before joining local government, Sophie practiced law for eight years, primarily in the legal services field where she represented low-income clients, first in Boston and then in Philadelphia. Sophie served for five years as an adjunct professor at the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, teaching an upper-level writing course. A native Philadelphian, Sophie graduated with honors from Harvard College, with a BA in History and Science, and from Harvard Law School.
Lisa Campbell has been a public defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia since 2004. She is currently the Assistant Chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association. After graduating cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she went on to clerk for the Hon. Mary A. McLaughlin on the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. As a public defender, Ms. Campbell has handled countless adult and juvenile cases during rotations through the various trial units. She has experience handling complex and serious juvenile cases, as well as leading and training teams of attorneys in the Juvenile Unit. Ms. Campbell has provided trainings for her office as well as attorneys across her state on a variety of issues. She currently is researching and presenting on the issue of collateral consequences of juvenile adjudications and the need for expungements of juvenile records.
Frank Cervone is the Executive Director of the Support Center for Child Advocates, the lawyer pro bono program for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. Previously, he was a staff attorney at Delaware County Legal Assistance Association and adjunct clinical professor at Villanova University School of Law, where he instructed law students in domestic abuse and child support litigation, and served as counsel for Saint Gabriel’s System, an agency providing treatment services for juvenile offenders. He serves as chair of the Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund, and chaired the Advisory Committee on Child Welfare Services, served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Adoption Law, of the Joint State Government Commission, the research arm of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He also serves as a member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee. He is also a member of the board of the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance and a member of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee Working Group. He is a founder and co-director of the National Children’s Law Network. Frank is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University School of Law, and he has a master’s degree in theology and ministry from LaSalle University. He lectures and trains both lay and professional audiences in child abuse and child advocacy.
Arlene Rivera Finklestein
Arlene Rivera Finkelstein is Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She directs the Law School’s wide array of public interest programming, which includes one of the first mandatory pro bono programs in the country. TPIC supervises 26 student pro bono groups, advises students on how best to prepare themselves for public interest careers, and oversees the school’s public interest scholarship program. Finkelstein also teaches Legal Interviewing and Client Counseling at the Law School. Before coming to Penn Law, she was the inaugural director of the Public Interest Resource Center at Widener Law School. Finkelstein began working at Widener as a professor of legal research and writing, where she also taught interviewing and counseling, and public interest law. Finkelstein serves on a number of legal services boards including Community Legal Services and Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Friends of Farmworkers, and the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She received her JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and her BS from Cornell University. She began her legal career as an Assistant Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she focused primarily on the defense of juveniles.
Tara Grove is the education editor at The New Press, where she acquires for the press’s celebrated list of progressive education titles and also edits books about race, gender, justice, and inequality. The New Press publishes books that promote and enrich public discussion and understanding of the issues vital to our democracy and to a more equitable world. Underlying the press’s editorial program are three aims: to broaden the audience for serious intellectual work, especially by reaching out to audiences intellectually redlined by commercial publishers; to bring out the work of traditionally underrepresented voices; and to address the problems of a society in transition, highlighting attempts at reform and innovation in a wide range of fields. Tara is also a member of the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity, an emerging think and do tank based at New York University. Before transitioning to book publishing, Tara worked with young mothers in Philadelphia’s homeless shelter system as a case manager and trauma recovery facilitator.
Umi Howard is the Director of The Lipman Family Prize at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.Umi has spent the past fifteen years working in the social sector. His experience includes direct service, program development & management, consulting, board service and organizational leadership in the nonprofit sector. During this time he served in various roles at the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania for over eight years. Umi and his wife, Sylvie, also ran a sustainable travel business based in Ecuador called Solidarity Travels. Umi has traveled extensively and lived abroad for more than 6 years. He brings an intense passion for the community empowerment and educational opportunity embodied in the Lipman Family Prize and hopes this work will help bring recognition to the University of Pennsylvania as a hub of learning for the social sector.
Sara Jacobson is Director of Trial Advocacy and an Associate Professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. Since joining the law school in 2008, Jacobson has written and worked on issues surrounding teen sexting and juvenile life without parole (JLWOP). She also volunteers with the ACLU. Before coming to Temple, Jacobson was an assistant public defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia for nine years, where she spent much of her time working with juveniles. At the Defender Association Jacobson served as the Assistant Chief of the Juvenile Unit and taught a Criminal Defense Clinic for the University of Pennsylvania Law School. As Assistant Chief, she helped create the Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania (JDAP), and directed three annual statewide trainings for juvenile defenders across Pennsylvania. Before joining the Defender Association, she worked as a public defender in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Jacobson is a graduate of the Temple Law LLM in Trial Advocacy Program, Temple Law School, and Ursinus College. She is also a graduate of the National College of Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute and the teacher training program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).
David Rudovsky is a founding partner of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, LLP. He has practiced in the civil rights and criminal defense fields for over forty years, including cases on police and governmental misconduct, prisoners’ rights, first amendment freedoms, and racial discrimination. Mr. Rudovsky has argued two significant civil rights cases in the United States Supreme Court: Mitchell v. Forsyth (1985) (immunity of Attorney General for illegal electronic surveillance) and City of Canton v. Harris (1989) (liability of municipalities for civil rights violations by police). He has also prepared numerous amicus briefs in civil rights cases in the Supreme Court and has argued scores of civil rights and criminal law cases in the federal and state courts. Since 1987, Mr. Rudovsky has been a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law where he teaches courses in Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and Evidence. Mr. Rudovsky has written a number of practice books for civil rights and criminal cases. These include Police Misconduct: Law & Litigation and The Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure in Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Rudovsky has written a number of scholarly articles in law reviews on civil rights and the criminal justice system. Mr. Rudovsky is President of the Board of Directors of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and is Vice President of the Board of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. In 1986, Mr. Rudovsky was a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his work in Criminal Justice. He has also been honored by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation with the Judge Gerald F. Flood Award for Public Interest Accomplishments, the ACLU Civil Liberties Award, and the Philadelphia Bar Association Cesare Beccaria Award for Criminal Justice.
Robert Schwartz co-founded Juvenile Law Center in 1975 and was its executive director from 1982-2015.In his career at Juvenile Law Center, Schwartz has represented dependent and delinquent children in Pennsylvania juvenile and appellate courts; brought class-action litigation over institutional conditions and probation functions; testified in Congress before House and Senate committees; and spoken in over 30 states on matters related to children and the law. Schwartz’s career has not been limited to Pennsylvania, but has included fighting nationally and internationally for juvenile rights. Schwartz chaired the American Bar Association’s Commission on Youth at Risk from 2011-2013. From 1992-98 and 2006-08, he was chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section. In 1993 he also co-authored the American Bar Association’s report,America’s Children at Risk; and in 1995 he helped author a follow-up report on youth’s access to quality lawyers,A Call for Justice. In 1993 he visited South Africa to help develop a legal system for children, and was invited to China in 2010 to speak to judges and lawyers about sentencing of youth. From 1996-2006, Schwartz was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. As part of the Network, he co-edited Youth on Trial: A Developmental Perspective on Juvenile Justice (University of Chicago Press: 2000). From 1996-99 he was a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. From 1991 to 2012, he was a gubernatorial appointee to the Commission’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee, which is the State Advisory Group that distributes federal funds in Pennsylvania and advises the governor regarding juvenile justice policy. Schwartz in 2005 became chair of the Advisory Committee to the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. From 2003-2012, Schwartz chaired the Board of the Philadelphia Youth Network. Schwartz is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Andrew Hamilton Award, presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association “for exemplary service in the public interest,” the Reginald Heber Smith Award, presented by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the Livingston Hall Award, presented by the American Bar Association, and the Stephen M. Cahn Award, presented by the National Association of Counsel for Children for career achievement. Schwartz is a graduate of Temple University School of Law and of Haverford College, which in 2011 also awarded him an honorary degree.