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New Leaders Council

Our Board

Chapter Director

Kellan R. White

Kellan R. White, a Philadelphia native, comes from a long line of public servants, but he is making his own path and working to represent the interest of Philadelphia’s youth and young adults. Kellan was born and raised in Mt. Airy, but in 2004 he left the neighborhood to pursue a degree in sports and recreation management at North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation he spent short stints in a few cities, but Kellan realized that he was an Philadelphian First, and made the decision to return home.

While working as the youth director with the Christian Street YMCA in South Philly, Kellan realized that his purpose was to recreate a Philadelphia that children and families who live here can and should be proud of. During his tenure as youth director, he learned that young people and their families felt disconnected from the elected officials who they chose to represent them.

He later served in the office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown. While in City Hall, Kellan’s impact as a young leader was felt across the region. Leaving City Council in Fall of 2015, Kellan now serves as the Political Director for Katie McGinty's US Senate Campaign. 

In addition to NLC, Kellan also serves as a board member of Leadership Philadelphia, PhillyCore Leaders and the Mural Arts Advisory Council. He was selected as one of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia’s Connectors and Keepers in 2015 and graduated the LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Core class in 2016. One of Kellan’s proudest accomplishments is the creation of the Pattison Leader Ball with his wife Nicole. The Pattison Leader Ball is the first event of its kind to celebrate young, politically-minded and civically engaged people in Philadelphia during the annual PA Society weekend. Unlike other PA Society events, the Pattison Leader Ball is nonpartisan and takes place in Pennsylvania.

Leadership Team

Anna Bohl-Fabian, Selections Chair

While originally hailing from Central Pennsylvania, Anna first came to the Philadelphia region to pursue her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arcadia University. With a passion for helping others, Anna began her work in the nonprofit sector serving as Programs Administrator for BuildaBridge International, an arts education and intervention nonprofit headquartered in Philadelphia. In this role, Anna oversaw organizational operations, assisted with communications and development, and coordinated an annual training conference. 

Anna is currently a Member Engagement Specialist with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, managing engagement plans and overall membership of several hundred businesses and nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia region. She is also currently working towards a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from La Salle University. 

A foodie at heart, Anna enjoys continuing her exploration of Philadelphia and seeking out new and exciting restaurants in the city

Kate Bohri, Alumni Relations Co-Chair

Katie arrived in Philadelphia in 2011 after attending college in Washington, DC to study Sociology. Originally from Allentown, PA, she completed several internships there dedicated to creating sustainable, small-scale economic development through the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street program and the City of Allentown's Department of Community and Economic Development.

Passionate about building an environmentally sustainable future, she is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Mt. Cuba Center, a botanical garden dedicated to the beauty and value of native plants and to protecting the habitats that sustain them. In 2014 she founded SPOKE magazine in order to more closely examine the policy and planning around Philadelphia's most sustainable and equitable transit option: the humble bicycle. She continues to create events for the magazine. Katie lives close enough to the Italian Market for a trip to the open-air stalls to be part of her daily routine. 

Lauren Footman, Institute and Community Relations Chair

Lauren Footman, is from Yeadon, PA, and currently works in Learning and Development at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2014, with a bachelor's degree in English, and double minors in Political Science and Africana Studies. 

While at Bryn Mawr College, she chartered a College Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; serving as President until she graduated. Lauren was also a coordinator for Bryn Mawr’s affinity organizations, where she created and facilitated workshops, to further develop student leadership. Upon graduation, she received the Thomas Prize for Diversity, which recognizes students with a demonstrated lifelong commitment to learning around diversity, advocacy for inclusion, and the ability to inspire others to action. 

Since graduation, Lauren has continued her advocacy work, and serves as the President of the NAACP PA State Conference Youth and College Division. In this role, she is tasked with implementing the national organization’s agenda in Pennsylvania, through grassroots organizing, direct action, and workshops. She also ensures PA Youth & College units remain compliant with State and National guidelines, and creates initiatives to specifically address the civil rights concerns of Pennsylvania residents. Additionally, she serves as a Gun Violence Prevention Regional Organizer for Generation Progress, a subsidiary of the Center for American Progress. In this role, she advocates for common sense gun laws, through workshops and direct action. 

Lauren remains committed to advocating for marginalized populations, and is always looking for ways to strategically create change in her community. 

Deanna Jenkins, Mentorship Chair

A Philadelphia native, Deanna graduated magna cum laude from Spelman College in 2007 with a B.A. in History and earned her M.S. in Health Systems Administration from Georgetown University in 2012. While at Georgetown, she was selected to a case competition team which competed against nearly 30 Masters-level health care programs to win 1st place at the 2010 NAHSE Everett V. Fox Case Competition, becoming the first team in the school’s history to earn that title. 

Currently, Deanna is an Analyst in the Technology Solutions division at IMS Health.  Deanna also serves on boards and committees of several non-profits, including The Junior League of Philadelphia, The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, SeniorLAW Center, and the Philadelphia Orchard Project. In her free time Deanna enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, exploring restaurants throughout the Philadelphia area, reading, and watching sports.

Gina Lavery, Alumni Relations Co-Chair 


A lifelong Philadelphian, Gina currently works as a research analyst for Jones Lang LaSalle, focusing on suburban market development. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Pennsylvania, and recently completed her Masters in City Planning from Penn. During her time at Penn Planning, she participated in various design competitions, working on a studio project to encourage sustainable growth in Beijing, and was named a graduate fellow of the Urban Land Institute. She is passionate about using data to make smart planning decisions and finding ways to encourage cities to be more equitable and environmentally friendly places.


Gina has been a leader of Nerd Nite Philadelphia for nearly five years. She is responsible for recruiting local speakers and musicians to participate in this monthly program, as well as coordinating the marketing and outreach strategies for each event. In her spare time, Gina enjoys running, cooking, and exploring the city with her fiancé and their dog 

Akil Marsh, Finance Chair

Akil is currently an Equity Research Associate in the Equities group at Janney Montgomery Scott. He works on the Energy Infrastructure team researching companies in the sector while advising client’s on the team’s stock recommendations. Previously, he held similar equity research roles covering stocks in the Renewable Energy/Utilities sector for Atlantic Equities and at Thomas Weisel (now part of Stifel Nicholas). In addition to his financial industry experience, Mr. Marsh worked at a solar development startup based in Philadelphia called Solar States. During his tenure he led efforts to create the first solar workforce development program in Philadelphia focused on training youth.

In his spare time, he volunteers with a local environmental non-profit who now coordinates the youth solar workforce development program. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Finance and minor in African American Studies. He obtained his CFA Charter in 2011. 

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