Kadida Kenner is the founding executive director of the New Pennsylvania Project, Kadida is a tireless advocate for social and economic justice issues, and is motivated to empower and excite the electorate to enthusiastically vote in every election — all the way down the entire ballot. Kadida has led efforts to stop the passage of a judicial gerrymandering constitutional amendment, raise the minimum wage, fairly fund public education, protect federal courts from problematic judicial nominees, and protect the state courts from extremist attempts to undermine their independence.
Kadida also serves as co-chair of Why Courts Matter – Pennsylvania, an advocacy campaign seeking to protect the independence of our state and federal courts and educate the electorate about their importance.
Prior to working in issue advocacy, Kadida was a director, producer, and writer for HBCU sports television programming – both live and scripted television in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia. The Temple University graduate resides in the Philly suburbs and counts civil rights organizing icon, and West Chester, Pennsylvania native Bayard Rustin as one of her civil rights heroes.
James Latta is the Chief Operating Officer for the New Pennsylvania Project. A lifelong resident of the city of Philadelphia, James knows the importance of registering, encouraging, and activating those who feel that they have no reason to participate in politics and government. James is passionate about building effective, impactful, and sustainable organizations that can do this important work, year after year. He has served in various positions in non-profits, politics, and government, most recently as Operations Director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. James is a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and resides in Philadelphia with his wife.
Stephanie Frank is Chief of Staff for the New Pennsylvania Project. Stephanie is pleased to bring over 20 years of administrative experience to the NPP team, most recently serving as office manager for the Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. Her dedication to democracy in the commonwealth comes from a combination of deep generational PA roots and over a decade of fighting for systemic policy change at the state government level with KRC: forming the belief that positive change comes from the ground up when all communities, especially those historically disenfranchised, have a voice in their government. Stephanie received an MFA in illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a BA in studio art with a concentration in biology from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. She resides in Harrisburg with her husband and two dogs.
Katy Personette is the director of development and policy with the New Pennsylvania Project. Katy is passionate about advocating for social justice issues and bringing that spark of activism and engagement on policies to folks in Pennsylvania and beyond. Previously, she was the Deputy Director of Campaigns with the PA Budget and Policy Center, focusing on the We The People-PA campaign where she advocated for progressive policies including a fair share tax, adequate and equitable funding for K-12 education, fair housing, and a fair return for work among others by calling for bold action from state lawmakers. Katy worked with partners and community leaders to organize and build power across the state to win economic justice and build a stronger, healthier, and more just future for all Pennsylvanians. Katy graduated from Kutztown University where she studied Anthropology and Sociology. After realizing her passion for political activism, she transitioned out of the corporate world and started as a statewide community health organizer for PA Health Access Network. Katy loves baseball, her favorite team being the New York Yankees, Coldplay, and cuddling with her dog Nova.
Enid V. Santiago joins the New Pennsylvania Project as the Director of Organizing to expand her transformative passion for equity to a state-wide level. In the past, Enid has served as the director of support services for Pennrose, the Senior Site Manager of SBM (Johnson & Johnson account), and multiple titles for JetBlue. Enid has managed multi-million dollar budgets. Enid is most proud of her community leadership and advocacy for equity across all spectrums. As a co-founder and board chair for SELF! LV, a non-profit that supports women in re-entry, Enid has led the organization through a trailblazing year with awards, nominations, and grants. Enid ran two ground-breaking campaigns for state representatives that not only brought out a record number of voters for a primary, but she also elevated the discourse around representation in the Lehigh Valley.
Enid attended Bethlehem Area Public Schools. She has motivated communities to become involved in local politics and work collaboratively for the improvement of all. Women like her are not supposed to make it, yet she has broken all stereotypes and is looking forward to using her passion to mobilize Pennsylvanians to exercise their right to vote.
Ben Gillespie is the regional organizing director for Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Ben is passionate about engaging communities to recognize their collective strength and fight for justice, equity, and opportunity. He is a fervent believer in the power of the people over systems of oppression. Ben has worked on numerous political campaigns, many in the region that he now oversees. Before working in politics, he worked with adults with developmental disabilities. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he studied Criminology and Political Science.
Nancy Lopez Sosa
Nancy Lopez Sosa is the Deputy Director of Organizing. Nancy is passionate about mobilizing communities of color and advocating for social justice issues. Previously, she worked as a community organizer for the Farmworker Support Committee where she provided labor education to immigrant, Latino farmworkers in Southern Chester County, and mobilized them to advocate for immigrant justice and fair wages.
Nancy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Anthropology and Latin American Studies from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was born and raised in Central Mexico and currently resides in Oxford, Pennsylvania.
Dyneco Gibson is the regional organizing director for Chester and Delaware Counties. Her passion for community activism began in Rochester, NY where she mentored youth and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care, worked in the disaster services department for the American Red Cross, and the Mobile Crisis Team where she assisted people who were having a mental health crisis.
Now a resident of Coatesville, Dyneco believes this work is important to her because she wants her teenage daughter to know that as a minority woman, her voice is important. And, for her to remember that African Americans and women did not always have the right to vote.
Dyneco is a lifetime member of the NAACP. She received her Associate’s degree from Monroe Community College in Human Services.
Carrie Fowler, MSW has been a tireless advocate for the disenfranchised for years. A lifelong resident of central Pennsylvania and a graduate of Shippensburg University, she is a passionate voice for social justice and equality.
Carrie is the Regional Organizing Director of Philadelphia for The New Pennsylvania Project. She began her journey in political advocacy in 2015 when she worked to stop changes in the Affordable Care Act that were proposed by U.S. congressional leaders at the time. She spent many long hours assisting the Birddog Nation in thwarting a devastatingly harmful healthcare bill. Carrie continues to work alongside Birddog Nation and other organizations for social change and accountability.
Carrie is active in her local community. She served for four years from 2017 to 2021 as a member of the Board for Harrisburg School District and was a strong voice for children and their rights. Carrie has also participated in local elections and canvassing to better her community.
An experienced campaign strategist, Carrie has worked for Planned Parenthood, the Center for Popular Democracy in Action, and the Tom Steyer Political Campaign. She understands the value of not only hard work and dedication, but also the value in others and encourages everyone she meets to rise to their potential. She has held many leadership roles including as a Field Director for For Our Future and as a Field and Operations Director for The Progressive Turnout Project. She most recently served as the Program Director for Action for the Climate Emergency spearheading a voter registration drive in Montgomery and Delaware County where she assisted in registering thousands of new voters.
Carrie is a die-hard activist who has given her life to bettering the lives of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens.