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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
  • 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.

有关年轻专业人员咨询委员会的更多信息,请联系 Steven Fynes at stevenf at childrenfirstpa dot org 或致电215-563-5848 x11。

2021-2022 Council Members

索米·阿亚加里(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 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 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 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.


凯蒂·奇斯霍尔姆(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.


科里·约翰逊(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.







JR是费城人,目前居住在费城南部。 JR热衷于帮助社区中的当地青年发挥最大潜力并获得平等的成功机会。 JR是一名注册会计师,目前在安永(Ernst&Young)的担保服务部门工作。



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.



杰拉尔丁·佩纳(Geraldine Pena)是获得许可的专业顾问,目前在儿童危机治疗中心担任综合护理计划团队负责人。我热衷于帮助儿童,青少年和家庭过上更加康复和和平的生活,我一直致力于倡导自己的职业。




费城人乔伊·索托(Joy Soto)目前是WHYY的社区之声和参与研究员,与他们建立伙伴关系并开展各种公民对话活动。她还曾担任费城Greenlight Fund的顾问委员会成员,LULAC Philly的财务主管,以及费城西班牙裔新闻工作者全国协会的理事会成员。


丽莎·瓦卡雷利(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.