Rep19 & VoteRunLead present Power Through Education Summer Webinar Series: Shaping Policy with Councilmember Helen Gym and Lauren Popper Ellis
On this webinar, you’ll hear about the policy resources of Local Progress and Future Now from Councilwoman Gym and Lauren Popper Ellis. You’ll also have the opportunity for Q&A. Register here.
Councilmember At-Large Helen Gym, Philadelphia, PA
Seated in 2016, Councilmember Helen Gym is the first Asian American woman elected to the Philadelphia City Council. She chairs the Council’s Children and Youth Committee and helped to end the 17-year state takeover of Philadelphia’s school system. She introduced and passed the nation’s most expansive Fair Workweek law, guaranteeing advance notice of schedules, a pathway to more hours, and protections from retaliation for 130,000 workers at retail, food service, and hospitality corporations. She established the city’s first legal defense fund for tenants facing eviction and the first budget fund to specifically address youth homelessness. She has also expanded the city’s living wage laws, requiring disclosure for businesses accepting city subsidies. She is Vice Chair of Local Progress, a network of progressive municipal leaders.
Lauren Popper Ellis, Director of Policy and Programs, Future Now
Lauren has worked on law and policy at the state level in the Attorney General’s Office, the Governor’s Office and the State Senate in New York and also has campaign experience at the local, state, and national levels. She is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. With deep experience in state elected office and supporting those in state government, Future Now is a national organization focused on helping state lawmakers achieve goals for the common good. Future Now offers a robust support system to provide lawmakers with innovative policies and a national network of peers and experts.