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Philly DSA

Structure & Organization

Organizational Chart

Philadelphia DSA is volunteer-run and member-funded. Our organization relies on the commitment and consistent work of our members. Our Local structure consists of an elected Steering Committee, two Co-Chairs and several project based and task based committees. The following organizational chart demonstrates how these committees, the members and co-chairs relate to each other. In addition we encourage all members to read and become familiar with Philly DSA's Local Bylaws.

The DSA's Organizational Chart
The DSA's Organizational Chart


The Steering Committee is made up of:

  • Melissa Naschek (co-chair),
  • Scott Jenkins (co-chair),
  • Adam Goldman (treasurer),
  • Natalie Midiri,
  • Paul Prescod,
  • Jed Slaboda,
  • Diane Isser,
  • Jarek Ervin, and
  • Dustin Guastella.


The Steering Committee serves as Philly DSA's highest elected body. Between local conventions, the committee implements the decisions of the general membership, coordinates between the various working committees, acts as a representative of the organization, coordinates work with coalition partners, facilitates strategic discussion in the local and decides on matters that require immediate action.


Chair: Brittany Alston (co-chair) and Anthony Hawkins (co-chair)

The Organizing committee will strengthen the training capacity of the Philadelphia DSA local in order to broaden and strengthen its constituency base and advance all campaign efforts undertaken by the local. In order to do this, the committee with create a series of organizing materials and circulate organizing readings.  The goals of the committee are as follows:

  • Work with DSA local leadership and committees to identify organizing skill needs of the local and develop trainings;
  • Internal education: share & read articles, case studies, philosophy focused on organizing to educate and inspire ourselves;
  • Use bi-weekly committee meetings to develop mobilizers into canvassers for the local.


Chair: David Backer

The Philly DSA Outreach Committee creates all internal and external communications and digital content for the local chapter. This includes all of our web development and technology efforts, emails, phone-banking, events calendars, social media, and of course, excellent memes.. The goals of the Outreach committee are multi-fold:

  • Email updates about Philly DSA events and meetings
  • Content to support local campaign efforts 
  • Calendaring and Event Management
  • Website upkeep and maintenance
  • All technological and digital data maintenance and security 

We’re always looking for new members with a technological bent (and anyone else for that matter) so if you’re interested - please contact the outreach committee to get started!

Political Education

Chairs: Andrew Knox and Scott Jenkins

The political education committee organizes discussions, reading groups, and public events that explore the strategy, history and theory of socialism.

Through our events and the resources that we assemble for them, we provide the opportunity for members and the public to engage with political questions in a variety of ways that accommodate the different levels of experience, different time-commitments and varied political interests of our members.

Finally, we are responsible for providing resources and educational opportunities related to campaigns that the local undertakes.

We consider political education less a matter of those with knowledge imparting it to those who don’t, and more a matter of collective self-education, debate and development. 
In the second half of 2017 our mainstay will be a Philly DSA “Night School” that will meet biweekly as a forum for “rigorous but accessible ideological discussion” and that will address a comprehensive range of topics over the course of 22 meetings.
Committee meetings are open to any interested members of Philly DSA.  We might biweekly on weekday evenings in center city.


Chair: Jonah Gardner

The Social Committee exists to enrich social ties, welcome new and potential members and foster camaraderie in our local chapter. We are responsible for planning social events and activities both independently and in concert with our chapter’s existing committees. These include annual large all-chapter social events, monthly neighborhood or regional based meet-ups, meet-ups following events planned by other committees (e.g. General Meetings, political education events etc.), affinity based events, e.g. sporting, arts, culture etc.


Chair: Jordan Falciani

The Fundraising Committee focuses on the financial sustainability of the local chapter. Our primary responsibility is collecting and managing the infrastructure around local dues. We also work Steering Committee on the budgeting process and help insure that each committee of the local chapter is able to meet its financial needs. The goal of the committee is to have a local which is able to provide programming through its own fundraising efforts and the dues of members.
Fundraising Committee is currently working under an ad-hoc workgroup structure. We hope to have a formal chair and elections during 4th quarter of 2017.


Chair: Theresa Moran

Philly DSA's Mobilizers serve as internal organizers for our membership. As a large AND GROWING organization, our goal is to build participatory democratic structures and establish clear channels of communication within the local. Becoming a Mobilizer will also give members an opportunity to get more involved in building our local DSA chapter!
Each Mobilizer has a “turf” of about 10 other Philly DSA members with whom they do in person 1-on-1 meetings and keep in regular contact with through texts, emails, phone calls, and in-person meetings.The main job of Mobilizers is to:

  • Orient Philly DSA members to the structure of the local, our shared politics, our committees, and our campaign work
  • Answer questions and connect people to resources, committees, and other members
  • Do personal outreach to keep people informed of upcoming events and actions
  • Facilitate “bottom up” communication between the general membership of Philly DSA and the Steering Committee/active committees
  • Lead canvasses and acting as canvass captains for future campaign work

The Mobilizers Committee recruits and trains Mobilizers, connects members with Mobilizers in their area, coordinates regular meetings between Mobilizers, puts together talking points and upcoming event lists, and oversees the Mobilizer project.If you'd like to become a Mobilizer, please contact us for more information.

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