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Children First’s Young Professionals Advisory Council is a diverse group of enlightened and engaged young leaders from across the Philadelphia region who have come together to support our mission and work. The purpose of this Advisory Council is to build the strength of the pipeline of leadership, networkers, advocates and donors for Children First’s work well into the next 40 years!

With guidance from veteran Children First Board Members, Javier Suarez and Lindsay Albright, Council members will:

  • LEARN. Engage with the Children First Board and staff in education sessions and through reading Children First’s materials and e-blasts to become more informed about issues impacting children in our region and strengthen your advocacy skills to actively participate in Children First’s advocacy efforts at the local, regional and state level.
  • ADVOCATE. Participate, when possible, with Children First’s leadership at specific events to advocate for policy change for children and youth.
  • ENGAGE. Leverage your social media networks (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) by commenting, sharing, re-tweeting Children First activities to help us reach more
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  • RAISE MONEY. Serve in a fundraising capacity for Children First by tapping into personal and professional networks for sponsorships and tickets sales for Children First events, grant opportunities and individual fundraising efforts.
  • EXPAND. As an Advisory Council create and implement at least 2 friendraising and low dollar events each year to support and broaden awareness of Children First and its work across the region with 20-40 year olds.

Để biết thêm thông tin về Hội đồng Cố vấn Chuyên gia Trẻ, liên hệ Steven Fynes at stevenf at childrenfirstpa dot org hoặc gọi 215-563-5848 x11.

2021-2022 Council Members

Saumya Ayyagari

Saumya is a Public Health Nurse Home Visitor with Philadelphia Nurse Family Partnership. She started volunteering with PCCY as a health policy intern in 2017, having volunteered for a number of Children First events since then and today, she is part of the Pritzker Lead Public Engagement Group that is working to prevent lead poisoning in PA from the policy level.


Jacqueline Baker

Jacqueline is a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner working at a Federal Qualified Health Center in SW Philadelphia.  Prior to working in health care, she worked as a social justice organizer for environmental, human rights, and health policy causes.  Jacqueline has been a volunteer with Children First since 2017.


Elizabeth Bates

Elizabeth is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in NE Philadelphia and pursuing a degree in public health. She is committed to being a big voice for little kids and partnering with community organizations to improve the health, development and well-being of children across Philadelphia. She is excited to be a part of Children First!


Tom Brown

Tom is a litigation associate at the law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller. A graduate of Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs and Montgomery County public schools, he has been a Children First volunteer since 2018.


Katie Chisholm

Katie Chisholm is an HR Manager with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), where she partners with stakeholders to build culture and engagement enterprise wide. Katie’s professional career has focused on mission driven work.  She is committed to finding opportunities to give back, get involved and make a difference within the Philadelphia community.  Joining the Children First Young Professionals Advisory Council is an incredible way to have an impact!


Zoraida Cordero

Zoraida is Program Director for Safe-Hub Philly, where she focuses on supporting local youth through sports and youth development in North Philadelphia. Zoraida is a dedicated Latina Servant Leader with experience in community organizing development, child welfare, youth program development, organizational leadership, advocacy, and human service management. Additionally, she is an Army Veteran who has discovered a strategy for applying learned military skills to social services and supports she provides, training, and youth and young adult empowerment.


Cory Johnson

Cory Johnson is a Philadelphia resident and current Program Coordinator for Drexel University’s Action for Early Learning, an early childhood education improvement initiative in West Philadelphia. Strongly committed to equitable quality education, she completed a PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning Policy Fellowship in 2018 and is a former Children First intern, supporting the Pre-K for PA Campaign.


Chau Wing Lam

Chau Wing đã làm việc trong và xung quanh các dịch vụ con người và giáo dục K-12 trong hơn 10 năm. Di cư đến Hoa Kỳ khi còn trẻ và hiện là một bà mẹ của một đứa con nhỏ, Chau Wing tin tưởng sâu sắc vào khả năng tập thể của chúng ta trong việc cải thiện cộng đồng bằng cách đảm bảo sức khỏe, giáo dục và sự an toàn của thanh niên và gia đình của họ.



JR McArdle

JR là một người gốc Philadelphia hiện đang sống ở Nam Philadelphia. JR rất đam mê giúp đỡ thanh niên địa phương trong cộng đồng phát huy tối đa tiềm năng của họ và có được cơ hội thành công bình đẳng. JR là Kế toán viên Công chứng và hiện đang làm việc cho Ernst & Young trong các dịch vụ đảm bảo.


Rosa Parks-Green

Rosa currently works at Temple University as the Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance. Prior to this, Rosa was a child welfare attorney at the City of Philadelphia Law Department and she also worked at the School District of Philadelphia in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. She is excited to serve and advocate for young people in and around Philadelphia.


Geraldine Pena

Geraldine Pena là Cố vấn Chuyên nghiệp được Cấp phép và hiện đang làm việc tại Trung tâm Điều trị Khủng hoảng Trẻ em với tư cách Trưởng nhóm Chương trình Chăm sóc Tích hợp. Tôi có niềm đam mê giúp đỡ trẻ em, thanh thiếu niên và gia đình có một cuộc sống lành mạnh và yên bình hơn mà tôi đã dành cả sự nghiệp của mình để vận động.



 Joy Soto

Joy Soto, người gốc Philadelphia hiện đang làm việc với tư cách là Thành viên tham gia và tiếng nói của cộng đồng vì lý do TẠI SAO, nuôi dưỡng quan hệ đối tác và thực hiện các sự kiện đối thoại dân sự khác nhau. Cô cũng là Thành viên Ban Cố vấn của Quỹ Greenlight Philadelphia, Thủ quỹ của LULAC Philly, và Thành viên Hội đồng Quản trị của Hiệp hội Nhà báo Tây Ban Nha Quốc gia Philadelphia.


Lisa Vaccarelli

Lisa Vaccarelli is a Senior Consultant with Plus Delta Partners, where she partners with non-profit advancement leaders to enhance their fundraising teams’ results by addressing skill gaps and creating desired behavioral change.  A South Philadelphia resident, Lisa’s work with Children First is rooted in her desire to increase the quality of life for the children and families in her own community and beyond.