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.
Netroots Nation participation
- Netroots Nation 2019
- Not Just for Presidential Candidates: Bringing the Power of Small-dollar Donors to the Local Level (Sponsored Panel)
- Combatting Fake Clinics: Local, State and National Efforts to Fight Back
- Building the Bench: Racial Equity and Diversity at the State and Local Level
- What Philly Taught Us: How Philadelphia Activists Beat School Privatization to Restore Local Control
- Netroots Nation 2018