Meet The Candidates

SOSNA's Board of Directors election voting is open through Sunday, October 24. Learn more about our candidates below and how to vote.

Linda D Evans

My community service involvement with SOSNA and/or the neighborhood includes...

 

Serves as a committee woman; member of SOSNA, past board member of Christian Street YMCA and Point Breeze Performing Arts Center. Before moving to South Phila., for more than 10 years held several volunteer administrative and marketing positions in the West Oak Lane Community.

The skills, experience, energy, relationships and/or perspectives I will bring to the Board are…

 

I am a 23 year resident of this South Philadelphia Community. I have relationships with neighbors and elected officials and their staff in this South community. I have 40 years of educational experience, 5 years of administrative experience with government and non profit organizations. My demonstrated personal capabilities include: communication (verbal and written), customer/client contact and planning & coordinating.

Please tell us what SOSNA initiative or neighborhood issue you are most interested in working on. Why is it important to you? What do you think needs to be accomplished? How will you make a difference?

 

I am interested in the zoning initiative. First hand, for more than 23 years, I have witnessed how and why zoning alters a neighborhood. Second, I am very interested in affordable housing. If there was no concern about affordable housing for low to moderate income persons, I would have no house today in South Philadelphia. Finally, I think it is important for neighbors to collectively work for the improvement of their neighborhood as well as interface with government, businesses, social services and educational institutions. Each person can make a difference in his or her community.

José J. Hernandez

My community service involvement with SOSNA and/or the neighborhood includes...

 

Chester A. Arthur school volunteer, participate in block clean ups. SOSNA yard sale.

The skills, experience, energy, relationships and/or perspectives I will bring to the Board are…

 

I've been a resident of the area for 22 years. I am a registered architect with over 25 years experience and a member of National Organization of Minority Architects. I have extensive experience with zoning and building codes. I am also chair of my firm's Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Committee. I believe all of these skills and experiences would be beneficial to SOSNA and the community as we continue to experience growth and ensure we maintain the qualities that make this neighborhood great.

Please tell us what SOSNA initiative or neighborhood issue you are most interested in working on. Why is it important to you? What do you think needs to be accomplished? How will you make a difference?

As the neighborhood continues its growth, I believe my diversity and professional experience could provide professional and personal insight when presented with items centering on urban issues and development growth. I think an initiative (for residents) to discuss the growth of our neighborhood would be most beneficial. This would provide a better line of communication to be heard.

Gregg Kravitz

My community service involvement with SOSNA and/or the neighborhood includes...

 

I live and work in the neighborhood as a real estate agent, and therefore I have a lot at stake, both personally and professionally, in the future of Graduate Hospital.

The skills, experience, energy, relationships and/or perspectives I will bring to the Board are…

 

Prior to real estate, I did political organizing and worked in City Government, and therefore have established relationships with a number of local elected officials. This experience also allowed me to hone my skills when it comes to organizing volunteers and fundraising, both of which I'd like to leverage to SOSNA's benefit.

Please tell us what SOSNA initiative or neighborhood issue you are most interested in working on. Why is it important to you? What do you think needs to be accomplished? How will you make a difference?

 

Economic development and zoning. Neighborhoods grow and evolve with smart public policies that encourage commercial and residential investment. But the details matter: a good development that's brought about with input from local residents can transform a community...and a poorly planned project can set a neighborhood back for decades. I think SOSNA has a critical role to play when it comes to development initiatives in our neighborhood, and I believe I have the background, relationships, and skill-set to help make a positive impact on those matters.

Daniel McGlone

My community service involvement with SOSNA and/or the neighborhood includes...

 

My community involvement includes volunteering with SOSNA and our Vision Zero Committee for the past five years. I have been on the Vision Zero committee advocating for safer streets for all users, traffic calming, and neighborhood beautification for the past five years. I’m very proud of the work on the 22nd street safety project, helping neighbors with parking and traffic issues, and assisting and organizing with the Safe Pathways to School/Mural Arts project to increase safety and beautify the areas around our neighborhood schools. In addition, I’ve worked with neighborhood businesses to apply for loading zones, while still keeping residential parking overnight. I set up a neighborhood lending library for block party supplies and regularly connect neighbors with city officials to help with government services, primarily from the Streets department. Just this summer, I helped organize the Neighborhood Sidewalk Sale to bring neighbors together and raise money for SOSNA. Finally, I’ve been working on our historic preservation subcommittee. I would like to continue my work on the Board for another three years because I’m passionate about making it safe to get around the neighborhood.

The skills, experience, energy, relationships and/or perspectives I will bring to the Board are…

 

I’m passionate about making the neighborhood a better place to live. Specifically, I want to continue the efforts of the past few years to pursue strategies towards safer and more equitable streets, affordable housing and more economic development, more access to parks and green spaces. I walk, bike and take SEPTA in the

neighborhood, so I want to make sure our neighborhood has safe bike lanes and crosswalks.

 

I’ve been a resident of the neighborhood for over eight years and have experience here as a renter and homeowner. I believe it’s important to have both the perspective of a homeowner and renter when representing residents. Finally, during the past year, I’ve been Treasurer of SOSNA.

Please tell us what SOSNA initiative or neighborhood issue you are most interested in working on. Why is it important to you? What do you think needs to be accomplished? How will you make a difference?

 

My main priority is safe streets, traffic calming, and advocating for a better quality of life for neighborhood residents. I believe that the neighborhood is a great place to live but can continue to be a safer place to walk, bike, and drive. I’m especially proud of my work on the 22nd street safety project, helping neighbors get better access to services from the Streets department, setting up a block party supply library, and the mural arts safe pathways to school project.

I am an advocate for safer streets, especially for the most vulnerable users such as pedestrians, cyclists and persons with disabilities. Working with the Vision Zero committee, I want to push to implement the neighborhood walkability plan to create safer intersections and pedestrian crossings as well as traffic calming across the neighborhood. I would also push for safer bike lanes and spaces for cyclists. I believe that our biggest neighborhood asset is walkability and we need to continue to build on that. Finally, we need to make sure that persons with disabilities are able to use all the same neighborhood assets those that are able-bodied can by making sure our crosswalks are clear.

Both of these efforts will take some level of neighborhood organizing as well as advocating to the city government, and I plan to continue my work on SOSNA and with the city government to advance a safer streets agenda.

Isaac Parker

My community service involvement with SOSNA and/or the neighborhood includes...

 

Hosting movie and music nights outside of my business (The Igloo) at 22223 Grays Ferry Ave.

The skills, experience, energy, relationships and/or perspectives I will bring to the Board are…

 

Being a small business owner, I can bring a perspective that may be alluring to other small business owners.

Please tell us what SOSNA initiative or neighborhood issue you are most interested in working on. Why is it important to you? What do you think needs to be accomplished? How will you make a difference?

 

The Economic Development Committee. I would like to help to secure new businesses and restaurants into the area.

Stephen Rodriguez

My community service involvement with SOSNA and/or the neighborhood includes...

 

30th Ward committee person. I was involved in the inception of the Triangles park including holding the fundraisers for its implementation. I have been a block captain and vice president of our home owners association.

The skills, experience, energy, relationships and/or perspectives I will bring to the Board are…

 

Vice president of the our HOA which, similar to every HOA, involves lots of conflicting personalities and dynamics. I have a background in community organizing concentrating in voter outreach. I am long time resident (over 20 years) raising three children in neighborhood. I have owned several local business as well as developed spaces for other local business to occupy. I (and my family) volunteer every year for various neighborhood activities such as block clean ups, tree planting, murals, voter out reach etc.

Please tell us what SOSNA initiative or neighborhood issue you are most interested in working on. Why is it important to you? What do you think needs to be accomplished? How will you make a difference?

 

The public spaces have huge up tapped potential. I would love the opportunity to jump start the work, and badly needed maintenance, to the Triangle park and work to make all our local public spaces more utilized. We have successfully modeled a cleaning program on our block that I think could be expanded across the neighborhood.

Morgan Rodriguez

My community service involvement with SOSNA and/or the neighborhood includes...

Volunteering at numerous events. Plazapalooza, Bloktoberfest, block clean ups.

The skills, experience, energy, relationships and/or perspectives I will bring to the Board are…

 

I was on the Board for a few years for a midsize building in the neighborhood, so I understand working with others in a Board setting to accomplish goals for the organization. I run my own real estate business so understand how to make connections and foster them. Also being a few estate agent, I can provide insight into why someone may choose to live or not live in the neighborhood, which can help with the initiatives.

Please tell us what SOSNA initiative or neighborhood issue you are most interested in working on. Why is it important to you? What do you think needs to be accomplished? How will you make a difference?

 

I would like to create a kids centric committee. There are thousands of kids in the neighborhood and we should focus on creating spaces and community activities for them. I have three children myself so I can see how it could benefit the neighborhood.

Scott Warshaw

My community service involvement with SOSNA and/or the neighborhood includes...

Living inside Naval Square, we are put of the community but at times can feel shut off from it. I spent 4 years as the Democratic Committee Person for the 30th Ward Division 17. While I did run again when my term ended, I enjoyed meeting people in the neighborhood and trying to make our little pocket of Philadelphia a better place to live. Previously, I have attended SOSNA meetings, specifically while the negotiations with CHOP were ongoing.

The skills, experience, energy, relationships and/or perspectives I will bring to the Board are…

 

I have lived in this area for 15 years and know the neighborhood fairly well, and have seen it change dramatically over that time. I have met many people in the community during that time. I am a financial advisor by profession and previously had my CPA certification, so I like to consider myself financially astute. I also think I have a great way of relating to people and their situation, whether similar or different from my own.

Please tell us what SOSNA initiative or neighborhood issue you are most interested in working on. Why is it important to you? What do you think needs to be accomplished? How will you make a difference?

 

I have seen many of our businesses go through so much financial pain during the pandemic and would like to get behind initiatives to help them come back and thrive. I think a good board member learns what's important to the community and works to represent and bring to the community what's important to the community.

Brandon Washington

My community service involvement with SOSNA and/or the neighborhood includes...

Acting as a current board member, focusing on establishing STEM (STEAM) programming in the area for all ages. I'm currently developing "1901", our community cowork space and headquarters of SOSNA.

The skills, experience, energy, relationships and/or perspectives I will bring to the Board are…

 

I'm a 4th generation native in the area. I've inherited a vast network within the city which can be leveraged to accomplish goals and tasks. My perspective and skills stem from being a father, Tech Ed. High School Teacher, college professor, and business owner.

Please tell us what SOSNA initiative or neighborhood issue you are most interested in working on. Why is it important to you? What do you think needs to be accomplished? How will you make a difference?

 

I wish to focus on developing and engaging the youth within the community, not just for the sake of it, but to potentially curb some of the gun violence in the area. I wish to establish more cohesion within the community. Our community has so much culture and diversity which I believe should be shared for the betterment of the area.

Vote for Board Candidates Now!

Voting is open through Sunday, October 24.