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David Thornburgh

President and CEO

I started as President and CEO at Seventy on December 1, 2014 and I'm thrilled to be here!  Seventy has made a huge difference to the city and the region and it's only going to get better.

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, but my wife Rebecca and I moved here in 1985 and raised our daughters Blair and Alice in Northwest Philadelphia, our favorite part of the city. I'll admit I'm still a Steelers and Pirates fan but love everything else about this city -- particularly its authenticity, its architecture, its parks, and its friendly and  unassuming people.

Professionally, it seems I have an affinity for Progressive-era civic organizations, particularly those that entrepreneur/philanthropist Sam Fels had a hand in creatiing. After a stint at the CIGNA Corporation and a wonderful time working with entrepreneurs as Director of the Wharton  School's Small Business Development Center, I've served as the chief executive of three of Sam Fels' creations: the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the Fels Institute of Government at Penn, and now the Committee of Seventy. Along the way I'm proud to say I've had a hand in creating a few civic initiatves that have made a difference to Philadelphia, ranging from the Philadelphia 100 project to celebrate our entrepreneurs, to the Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia, to what's now the Campus Philly effort to grow our pool of educated young talent, to the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange, which helps Philadelphia's leaders build strong relationships and borrow good ideas from other places.

In the off hours, I can be found playing guitar and pedal steel guitar with two local bands, Reckless Amateurs and The Miners.

I'm looking forward to channeling Sam Fels' entrepreneurial spirit once more as we look to inform and engage Philadelphians and Pennsylvanians in making our government work better and improving our city and region.

Follow David on Twitter at @davidthornburgh.

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Aileen Kain

Senior Director of Development and Communications

The skills that have made me successful at each stop along my career were honed growing up as the oldest child of a large rambunctious family – teamwork, equal doses of persistence and patience, time management, organization, and being an effective negotiator.  In our family it was also essential to have a good sense of humor and a healthy dose of humility – you wouldn’t make it through dinner without them.

I’m not a public policy expert but have always found it fascinating.  Two of the most satisfying posts in my career were spent with the Pennsylvania Economy League and the National Constitution Center.   Before and after my time at the Economy League, I gained solid business experience working in the corporate sector.  I believe that while fundraising is definitely hard work – it is also extremely rewarding, and can and should be fun for both the staff and the donors/volunteers involved.  I’m excited about working with the team here to ensure Seventy’s impact and sustainability.

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Dan Bright

Director of Operations

I joined Seventy, after graduating from Temple University, in 2008.  I have learned over the years that for our local government to work effectively and efficiently, you need to have an organization that is working tirelessly for the betterment of the City.  Seventy's permanent campaign to right-size city government, ensure that elections are conducted fairly and informing and engaging Philadelphia's citizenry will make this city a place where people will want to live, work and visit.  I enjoy being part of this campaign each and every day.

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Patrick Christmas

Policy Program Manager

Patrick jumped straight into a science classroom at Fels High School in Northeast Philadelphia after graduating from Swarthmore College in 2008. After five years teaching and having begun studies at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government, he joined the Committee of Seventy in August 2013 – in part, because he believes in Seventy’s non-partisan mission, but also because he was seeking the "Fels Trifecta" (Samuel S. Fels was on Seventy's original 1904 Executive Board). He's responsible for managing Seventy's policy analysis, advocacy campaigns and civic-related programming, including the Election Ambassador Corps and Election Innovation Challenge.

Follow Patrick on Twitter at @Pat_Christmas.

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Paul Droesch

Senior Research Fellow

After 36 years as a writer, editor and critic at TV Guide, where I covered politics (to the extent that TV Guide covers politics), I retired in 2012 and almost immediately began volunteering at Seventy, where politics is a considerably bigger part of the mix. I wanted to be part of this organization because I’m fascinated by public policy and the political process, because I love Philadelphia and want to see it thrive, and because I know that sound policy and clean politics will go a long way toward making that happen.

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Chris Satullo

Civic Engagement Consultant

Chris Satullo was vice president for news and civic dialogue at WHYY/NewsWorks from 2008 to 2015. He joined the public media service in 2008 after nearly 20 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer. While at WHYY, he launched the NewsWorks.org website, the radio programs NewsWorks Tonight and The Pulse, and two award-winning statewide  reporting initiatives, StateImpact Pa. and Keystone Crossroads. At the Inquirer, he served as editorial page editor and a columnist, among various positions., and led the Great Expectations civic dialogue project on the 2007 Philadelphia city elections. A nationally known expert in civic engagement, in 2006, he co-founded the Penn Project for Civic Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania. He has won more than 60 awards for columns, editorials, reporting and civic engagement. Before coming to the Inquirer, he worked at the Express newspaper in Easton, Pa., where he was assistant managing editor and wrote a syndicated column. A graduate of Williams College and a former Fulbright Fellow, he lives in Philadelphia.

Follow Chris on Twitter at @chrissatullo.

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Justin Villere

Civic Engagement Consultant

Justin serves as Civic Engagement Consultant for the Committee of Seventy. A native of Colorado, Justin has lived in Philly since 2012 and continues to find gems that make this one of America's greatest cities. Justin is a 2-time AmeriCorps alumnus, possessing a Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master's in Public Administration from Cornell University. You might see him running and riding on the Schuykill River and Wissahickon trails. 

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Ben Stango

Special Project Adviser
Ben Stango is currently pursuing a JD/MBA at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School. On campus, Ben is an Associate Editor with the Journal of Constitutional Law and a member of the Wharton Wildmen Hockey Club. Ben remains heavily engaged in Philly's civic community, serving on the board of Young Involved Philadelphia, the Volunteer Committee Member for 2016 Democratic Convention Host Committee, and the City of Philadelphia's Millennial Recruitment Advisory Committee. Since late 2013, Ben has also served as a Policy Adviser on Joe Torsella's campaign for State Treasurer. Ben graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2011 where he doubled-majored in Political Science & Humanities. He is also an alumnus of the Center for Progressive Leadership and New Leaders Council fellowship programs.
Follow Ben on Twitter at @benstango.

Tyneisha Harden

Special Assistant and Civic Engagement Fellow

Spellman College, Class of 2009
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government, Class of 2017
Candidate for Master of Public Administration 

Maura Edwards

Public Policy Intern

Temple University, Class of 2018
Candidate for Bachelor of the Arts in Philosophy
Candidate for Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science
Minor in German

Claire Getter

Public Policy Intern

Villanova University, Class of 2018
Candidate for Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science
​Minors in Philosophy and Arab and Islamic Studies 

Mal Sary

Public Policy Intern

Temple University, Class of 2018
Candidate for Bachelor of the Arts in Strategic Communication
​Minor in Economics

Vaios Triantafyllou

Public Policy Intern

Harvard University, Class of 2015
Bachelor of the Arts in Mechanical and Materials Science and Engineering
Secondary Field: Government
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2017
​Candidate for Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics