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Economic Justice

Economic Justice


Regina Young



Rick Adams

Chair, Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Chris Rabb

State Representative, 200th Legislative District

Randall Taylor

Penn Plaza Supported Action Coalition

Myra Brown

National Workforce Opportunity Network

Ronell Guy

Pittsburgh Union Regional Renters

Ogechi Chieke

Belmar Gardens Tenants Cooperation

Khalid Raheem

Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Tammy Thompson

Executive Director of Circles Greater Pittsburgh

Carl Redwood

Hill District Census Group

Earl Buford

CEO, Partners 4 Work

Tracey Baton


David Oxley

Financial Advisor, Fulton Bank

Reggie Fuller

Fulton Bank

Maria D. Quiñones Sánchez



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Rep. Jake Wheatley Jr. is a recognized United States Marine combat veteran and proud resident of the City of Pittsburgh. Holds a Bachelor's in Political Science and a Master's in Public Administration. Elected in 2002 to represent the 19th Legislative District.

Tammy T. Thompson uses her past experiences living in and surviving poverty to relate to families who are working to escape poverty and reach self-sufficiency. She is a certified Housing Counselor and has been teaching financial education, developing workshops, speaking and educating families for 20 years.

As the owner and operator of T3 Consulting, Inc. she facilitates and develops homeownership programs for local non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh. She has a passion for educating people about how poverty impacts people psychologically and emotionally using a curriculum that she developed called “Understanding The Psychology of Poverty”. She speaks nationally and internationally on this topic and has been recognized as a Poverty Expert.

Ms. Thompson started T3 Media, a Social Justice media company and has added the title of Executive Producer to her list of accomplishments. In 2017 she produced a Documentary entitled "We Wear The Mask: The Hidden Face of Women In Poverty”.

Tammy is the Executive Director of Circles Greater Pittsburgh where she’s developed multiple wealth building initiatives including, Catapult: Startup to Storefront and the Gallery on Penn retail incubator program. 

Rick Adams, an educational administrator for 35 years and a veteran of the Black Freedom Struggle since 1967
Board President Primary Care Health Services (PCHS Inc.) Pittsburgh Pa.

Co-Convener W. Pennsylvania Black Political Assembly (WPBPA)

Board Chair Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW21)

Education: Bowdoin College B.S. Government and Afro American Studies

Jones International University (JIU) Masters of Arts Business Communications (MABC)

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Over 20 years of community engagement and advocacy experience. Democratic Nominee for the State House District 185. Bachelor's in Communication, Masters in Community Development, and Honorary Doctorate in Divinity.

Carl Redwood, Jr. is a social worker and has participated in various community organizing efforts on the local, national, and international levels. He has been a part time faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work for many years.

Carl was a union organizer for faculty unionization at Pittsburgh Universities as part of the Academic Workers Association of the Steelworkers.

Carl is active with the Hill District Consensus Group working to build the leadership and power of low-income and working class residents of the Hill District to advance racial and economic justice in our neighborhoods, our schools and our city. Carl serves on the board of Pittsburgh United, a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. He is also a board member of The Abolitionist Law Center, a public interest law firm inspired by the struggle of political and politicized prisoners, and organized for the purpose of abolishing class and race based mass incarceration in the United States.

Ronell Guy is an accomplished progressive professional with over 35 years of experience working exclusively with vulnerable, marginalized Individual at risk communities.
EXPERIENCES: Managing Director, Landless People's Alliance., Executive Director North Side Coalition for Fair Housing , Western PA Director Housing Alliance of PA
SETOR:: Affordable Housing/Community Development
ELECTORAL: Housing Justice/Renters Rights
Strategies: Advocacy, Organizing, Consulting
SOCIL ENTERPRISE:: Research/Policy

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Over his banking career, Reginald has held several producer and management positions in Philadelphia and Upstate NY. He is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. and The Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware.

At Mellon Bank and CoreStates Bank, he worked in Community Banking, Middle Market and Corporate Credit Review. In 1999, he moved to Upstate New York to assume the role of SVP and Sales Manager at Key Bank. During a decade at Key Bank he managed two lending teams in different regions and two retail networks consisting of 52 and 64 branches.

Upon returning to Philadelphia in 2010, he worked for TD Bank as a senior relationship manager supporting financial needs of regional companies throughout the Delaware Valley. In 2014, Reggie founded Commercial Business Partners, LLC, a commercial credit advisory firm. He has had experience in lending and/or advising on credit related to: nonprofit, investment real estate, asset-based loan facilities and other traditional corporate lending transactions.

Reggie has served many non-profit organizations as a board member, volunteer, fundraiser and banker. During his time in New York State, he was a board member of several business, economic and community organizations. Reggie is an active board member and treasurer of SpArc Philadelphia and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. He has resided in the waterfront area of Camden, NJ for the last 3 years.

Ogechi Chieke is a filmmaker and the executive director at the Sabira Cole Film Festival. (Sabira film She is currently passionate about co-ops and land ownership in Pittsburgh’s black community. In her spare time, she is an lecturer at an HBCU and an amateur gardener.

David D. Oxley is a Financial Advisor with Fulton Financial Advisors, his wealth management practice is focused on financial planning, tax deferral, and wealth transfer through Fulton Bank in Yardley, Pennsylvania. David has built his practice over 7 years, acquiring, corporate, nonprofit, and individual clients managing assets totaling approximately $110 million. Prior to working with Fulton, David worked for Citi, Morgan Stanley, and Citizens Securities, Inc. He graduated from University of Hartford in 2005 with a degree in Politics & Government. David lives in Newtown, PA and serves as Finance Chair for Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church in New Hope, PA, is a member of the Board of Supervisors for Newtown Township, sits on the Board of Authority for Bucks County Community College, and is the Business Development Officer for Caribbean Advanced Recycling (CAR), INC.

Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones Sánchez is a veteran activist with over 30 years of service to the City of Philadelphia, now serving her fourth four-year term representing the 7th District. She chairs Council’s Committee on Appropriations, was recently named chair of the Education Committee, and co-chairs the recently established Special Committee on Poverty Reduction & Prevention.

As Appropriations Chair, Maria advocates for transparency and fiscal accountability, and has authored progressive tax reform to support small and sustainable businesses and manufacturers to create jobs. Her policy agenda dedicated to “Keeping People in their Homes” combines investments and support for vulnerable homeowners with innovative and diverse strategies to build affordability.

Representing Kensington, hard hit by the opioid crisis, she advocates for reforms to expand access to treatment and investments in residents’ public safety and quality of life.

Maria grew up in Hunting Park and now resides in Norris Square with her husband, Tomas Sánchez. They are parents to Edgar and Tomasito, and grandparents to Jace Antonio and Romeo Esteban.

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