Speaker Profile

Helen Gym

Helen Gym
City Councilmember At-Large
City of Philadelphia

Seated in 2016, Councilmember Helen Gym is a longtime education and community organizer who made her first run at political office and is the first Asian American woman elected to the Philadelphia City Council. In her first term, she has led a public schools agenda that contributed to the end of the 17-year state takeover of the Philadelphia school system, supported a soda tax to fund pre-K programs, and restored nurses and counselors back to every public school. She established the city's first legal defense fund for tenants facing eviction and is currently championing legislation to require predictable schedules for part-time hourly workers. She is Vice Chair of Local Progress, a network of progressive municipal electeds, where she has helped lead national efforts around Sanctuary Cities, affordable housing, and progressive education policies.