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Overview of the Buchholz Fellowship

As a civic leadership organization that’s existed for almost 115 years, the Committee of Seventy (C70) knows how critical it is that we develop and connect the next generation of community leadership. At a time when the Millennial Generation has eclipsed the Baby Boom generation as the largest generation of all time, and are beginning to play active roles in shaping our city and region, this imperative couldn’t be any more important.

Launched in 2017, the Buchholz Fellowship was created by the Committee of Seventy Board to help to build a pipeline of young leaders interested in improving the governance of our city, state, and region. The Fellowship honors Carl Buchholz, a committed Seventy Board member who died too soon but who—at a young age—served in significant public, private, and civic sector leadership roles. In the spirit of his leadership, the Fellowship  creates an opportunity for five Philadelphians aged 25-40 to serve for a year as non-voting members of the C70 Board. Fellows participate in all Board and Policy Committee meetings and are full participants in Seventy’s conversations, discussions, and debates around governance and public policy issues facing Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of PA. They are also matched with C70 Board members who spend time with them as advisors and mentors during of their Fellowship year. The Fellows also commit to working together to complete a policy-oriented project over the course of their Fellowship year.

This prestigious, groundbreaking Fellowship is targeted to emerging leaders aged 25-40 working in the private or nonprofit sector who embody the qualities that Carl Buchholz exhibited in his life and work: personal and professional integrity, a strong work ethic, collaborative spirit, a superior intellect and a passion for improving his community. Candidates for the Fellowship should already have demonstrated  a commitment to Seventy’s mission of  making government work more efficiently and effectively, engaging all citizens in the local democratic process, and opening up the political process to men and women of promise and character. C70 seeks a diverse cohort of Fellows, and applications are encouraged from the length and breadth of Greater Philadelphia and its communities. To ensure their commitment to the Fellowship, Fellows are asked to make a personal contribution of $250.00 to Seventy at the start of the Fellowship (however, no applicant will be denied consideration because of financial hardship).

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About Carl Buchholz:

Carl Buchholz was an important member of Seventy’s board of directors and executive committee for a decade before his untimely death in May, 2016 at the age of 51. In addition to his service to Seventy, he was a member of the board of directors at Drexel University, the American Revolution Museum, Visit Philadelphia and the United Way of Southeastern PA, where he also former Chairman.  An accomplished lawyer, he was managing partner of Blank Rome and later became the managing partner of DLA Piper’s Philadelphia office.  After 9/11, Carl put his private sector career on hold to serve his country by joining former Governor Ridge to help create the office of Homeland Security. Early in his career he worked for Senator John Heinz where he met his wife Karen, a senior executive at Comcast. See his complete obituary. Carl was a loving husband and father, and a friend to all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

The application period for 2017-2018 is closed. Please check back with us next year!

To Apply:

Applicants should send the following to bettergov@seventy.org.

1.  Contact information: Name, Organization Name, Title, Address, email and phone
2.  A resume
3.  A letter of recommendation from a current employer
4.  Three additional professional or personal references
5.  A personal statement that addresses the following (limit of 500 words per question):

  • Why are you interested in becoming a Buchholz Fellow?
  • How would you describe your past and present community leadership experience?
  • What positive difference do you hope to make to this city, the region, and the Commonwealth?


Meet the inaugural class of Buchholz Fellows:

  • Jennifer Devor, Director of Partnerships, Campus Philly: Devor builds and maintains relationships with companies, governments, nonprofits, students and college administrations nationally. She is also a South Philadelphia block captain, elected Committeeperson, and President of Neighbors Invested in Childs Elementary (NICE). She is a 2006 graduate of the University of the Arts.
  • Gaige Flint, Director of Government Affairs, Comcast: Flint is a board member of Philly Set Go and has completed a five-month fellowship with the New Leaders Council. Gaige a co-lead for Comcast’s Young Professionals Network. He is a graduate of Lehigh University (B.A. History), Villanova School of Business (MBA) and Villanova University School of Law.
  • Christopher Havener, Associate Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Employment Law, Aramark: He has served as a volunteer for the Committee of Seventy, has provided pro bono counsel for the Resolute Alliance in Yorktown and pro bono employment counseling for Teach for America and Moving Traditions. He is a graduate of Princeton (A.B. Sociology) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
  • Nathan Singh, Clinical Fellow, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Pennsylvania: He is the founder and co-president of Moving Philly Forward and the Founding member of Indivisible Leadership for Southeast Pennsylvania. Nathan is a graduate of Haverford College and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (MD and MS, Translational Research). He has completed his internship and residency. 
  • Jason Tucker, Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, Goldenberg Group: Tucker co-founded Philadelphia's Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT) which is dedicated to attracting and retaining talented young individuals to Philadelphia. He was also a co-founder of PhilaSoup, a non-profit organization that strives to promote innovation in education by convening representatives from the Philadelphia education community in order to promote the cross pollination of ideas and best practices, and to fund specific projects sponsored by individual educators. Tucker has served on the Board of Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) for the last two years and has been involved with the organization as a member for the last four years. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

For questions about the Buchholz Fellowship, contact Lauren Cristella at lcristella@seventy.org.