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POWER is independently financed. We operate with dues from member congregations, grants from charitable and faith-based foundations, grassroots fund raising and contributions from people like you who care about our city and want to see change. As a matter of principle, POWER takes no financial support from government entities.
We appreciate your one-time donation, or to become a POWER “Sustainer”, a recurring donation of $50/month.
Volunteer with POWER
In addition to being a POWER leader in your congregation, you can offer your time and talents to POWER in the following ways:
- Helping create and manage our growing mailing list through data entry work
- Helping communicate with POWER members through periodic phone banking
Email email@example.com for more information or call the office at 215.232.7697.
Interested in learning more about how to build leadership within your congregation, amplify your prophetic voice, strengthen community and address the issues impacting your people?
Then give us a call.
We welcome a conversation with you about pressures impacting your congregation and community and how faith-based community organizing can help you respond. We welcome a conversation about how POWER is equipping congregations across the city to play a more powerful role in shaping policies that effect families, neighborhoods, and our city.
Give us a call at 215-232-7697 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set up a time to talk.
We are looking forward to the conversation.
Dedicated to bringing about justice to the Greater Philadelphia area
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)| Director of Development
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.
Beulah Osueke | Communications Director
A Houston native, Beulah Osueke is a graduate of La Salle University holding a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Beulah has an extensive background in web design, community engagement, international network-building, and organizational development with particular focusing on utilizing emotional/social intelligence and strategic narration to decrease the gaps of communication between people of various communities.
For press inquiries please e-mail email@example.com or call (215) 696-0700.
Gwen Synder | Director of Organizing
Originally from Plainfield, NJ, Gwen Snyder has been a proud Philadelphian for a decade and counting. She has organized around economic and social justice issues since high school; for the eight years prior to coming to POWER, she served as Executive Director of Philadelphia Jobs with Justice. She holds a BA in sociology and religion from Swarthmore College, and MPA from the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
Reverend Yvette Davis | Director of Outreach and Organizational Development
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.
Yvette Gimenez | Operations Manager
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
Sheila Armstrong | POWER Philadelphia Community Organizer
Sheila E. Armstrong is a “home-grown” Philadelphian who graduated from University of Phoenix in 2013 with a Master’s in Business Degree in Organizational Development and Project Management. She began her work in advocacy 12 years ago as a spokesperson for “Women Against Abuse.” In addition to being a community advocate, Sheila is a Continuum of Care Board Member for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services and an appointed member of the State Parent Advisory Council (SPAC). Sheila believes that as a woman of faith, it is her responsibility and duty to be involved in the community and advocate for those that may not have the capacity or capability to fight for themselves.
Lena Glickman | POWER Metro/POWER Center PA 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.
Mary Laver | POWER Philadelphia Catholic Community Outreach Organizer
Will Fuller | POWER Metro Community Organizer
Tabitha Ssonko | POWER Center PA Community Organizer
Nathan Sooy | POWER Center PA 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.
Nathan Richard Sooy is a member of the Board of Directors of Keystone Progress Education Fund, a non-partisan social justice organization best known for the yearly Progressive Summit.