Reverend Greg Holston | Executive Director
Rev. Holston is a recognized community activist, pastor, and leader known for advocating for racial and economic justice.
Today, he is the Executive Director of POWER: Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild; 50 + congregations representing nearly 50,000 individuals dedicated to building a city of opportunity that works for all. POWER is currently working with a coalition of community groups, activists and houses of faith to promote fairer wage policies, fair funding at schools and justice for returning citizens. Rev Holston also served as the National President of OIC of America, helping the organization raise 4.5 million dollars in federal grants for workforce development.
In May 2014 as a leader of POWER’s Economic Justice Team, Reverend Holston helped to lead a coalition to raise the living wage to $12 per hour for all Philadelphia contracted and subcontractor workers – in particular, the nearly 4000 workers at the Philadelphia International Airport. As result, a city-wide referendum was passed making the living wage for all Philadelphia contracted and subcontracted workers, $12 per hour.
Reverend Holston is an Elder in the United Methodist Church. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pa., a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Masters of Education degree from Cheyney University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.
Reverend Holston is experienced as a pastor, businessman, entrepreneur, college professor, speaker and community activist. However, his most important role is serving as a devoted and loving husband to Deborah, his beautiful wife, and father to the four children they share, Taheerah, Jamila, Nia, and Nasser.
David Koppisch (Co-Founder)| Deputy Director
David has nearly 25 years experience working with community organizations as an organizer, fundraiser and social worker. Before helping launch POWER, David worked with several organizing groups in Philadelphia including the Women’s Community Revitalization Project, the Eastern Philadelphia Organizing Project, and the Philadelphia Affordable Housing Coalition. David is also an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice.
Reverend Yvette Davis | Deputy Director
Pastor Yvette Davis is Associate Pastor of Urban Engagement with Cookman Beloved Communities Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA, The Rev. Dr. Donna Jones, Senior Pastor.
Prior to that, Pastor Davis served in the United Methodist Church in pastoral and extension ministry roles. Among these roles, she was the first African-American woman pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Harrisburg, PA and Asbury United Methodist Church in York, PA, and Bridesburg United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, PA.
She served as the Director of The Office of Urban and Global Ministries, Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century Coordinator, and Shalom Coordinator for The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church. Pastor Davis resourced more than 120 urban local United Methodist churches in the areas of ministering with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse populations in an urban context.
Pastor Davis serves on several Boards and Committees including The Christian Churches United Healing Communities Organizing Committee; The WITF Community Advisory Board; the Strategic Planning Committee for Jewish Family Services; and The Emerging Ministries Consulting.
Pastor Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from New York University; a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Drexel University; attended Drew Theological Seminary; and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration at Capella University. She is a Lilly Foundation Clergy Leadership Fellow and a JP Morgan Chase Foundation Fellow for Nonprofit Management for Faith-Based Leaders.
Pastor Davis currently lives in Harrisburg with her cat, Buster. When she has spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, reading, crocheting, and practicing for her motorcycle license test.
Emilie Haertsch | Digital Communications Specialist
Yvette Gimenez | Director of Operations
Nicolas O’Rourke | POWER Philadelphia Community Organizer
A native son of Indianapolis, Rev. Nicolas O’Rourke is the Assistant Pastor of Worship & Liturgical Arts at the Living Water United Church of Christ in Oxford Circle and Community Organizer for POWER. A strong proponent of social justice & spiritual awareness, he works across wide ranging lines of thinking to highlight common spiritual ground for all people. Since joining POWER his focus has been towards dismantling the crippling effects of Mass Incarceration and Police Brutality on people of color and combating Islamophobia within the city of Philadelphia. Nicolas is completing his education at the Lancaster Bible College: Center for Urban Theological Studies. He considers himself a “sacred activist” and contends for the rights of people with the guidance of God
Jordan Ford | POWER Philadelphia Community Organizer/Economic Dignity Organizer
Mary Laver | POWER Philadelphia Catholic Community Outreach Organizer
Lena Glickman | POWER Metro Community Organizer
Lena Glickman grew up in a small town in Southern Vermont. She attended Oberlin College, where she majored in history, focusing on race and class in America. As an organizer for Pennsylvania Working Families, she built power around economic and racial justice in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Buddhist Vipassana meditation and Quaker faith and practice serve as guiding forces in her life and organizing–pushing her toward greater presence, connection and action for justice.
Will Fuller | POWER Metro Community Organizer
Lilah Saber | POWER Philadelphia Community Organizer
Jaisy Omollo | POWER Lehigh Valley Community Organizer
Jaisy B. Omollo is from the Pennsylvania area, born in New Jersey. Jaisy was raised her two parents who migrated from Kenya, East Africa in search for better opportunities for themselves and their children. As she watched her parents struggle in this country she believed that it was her duty to take advantage of the opportunities that the country had to offer in honor of her parents.
In 2014 Jaisy attended La Salle University where she received her Bacelor’s in Political During her time at La Salle University, she was recognized as a student leader in many organizations at the University and even the Surrounding community. She served as the Vice President of the African American Student League, Senator of Student Government, and even student member of the Board of Trustees. In her third year in college, she was offered an opportunity to work for the campaign of Pennsylvania’s current Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Immediately after that, she was offered to serve as a legislative intern in the office of Councilwoman Cindy Bass.
After earning her degree she continued her efforts as an organizer and Minority advocate and was recruited by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to serve as on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman John Lewis, legendary Civil Rights leader. Through this experience she has built relations with the grandson of Nelson Mandela as well as the staff for Impact Strategies by Angela Rye of whom she volunteered for after her time on the hill.
Now that Jaisy is an organizer with power, she hopes to continue making an impact for others throughout Pennsylvania and even in the country.
Nathan Sooy | POWER Central Community Organizer
Nathan Richard Sooy has nearly 30 years experience working with social justice organizations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio. Before coming to work for POWER, Sooy was Central Pennsylvania Campaign Coordinator for Clean Water Action for nearly 8 years organizing against the effects of fracking on water and air. Nathan was Executive Director of community organizing projects in Baltimore, Maryland and Muskegon, Michigan. Nathan built a successful Labor/Community Coalition in Wisconsin that developed increased progressive voting power in state elections. Sooy also the Associate Director of the Cleveland office of Ohio Citizen Action and got his first significant training in community organizing in Detroit during the 80’s.
Sooy has been trained as a leader and organizer in the traditions of the Gamaliel Foundation, PICO Network, and DART Network and is an alumnus of the Midwest Academy and National Peoples Action.