2020 Board elections & Nominations
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There are 6 board positions up for re-election in 2020. All board positions are for 2 year terms.
 
In general, the board meets once per month on the second Monday of the month. As a board member, you are requested to serve on at least one of the committees noted below, and that you try to dedicate 5 hours per month towards those responsibilities. 
Any CNA member current in their dues and who resides, works at or operates a business within the boundaries of the Callowhill Neighborhood Association is eligible to run. 

 

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, May 6, 2020. 
 
We will post each nomination form to the CNA web site for public viewing as they are received. 

Current board members running for re-election to retain their positions include:
 
- Erica Ehrenbard
- Sarah McEneaney - President
- Leah Strenger
- John Struble
PLEASE NOTE: Other than the aforementioned requirements, the only additional condition for serving on the board is the ability to contribute towards the board's Director's & Officers annual professional liability premium. For 2020-2021, assuming the board remains at 11 members, each board member's share will be $102.18. 
 
In order to be eligible to run and vote in the election, you must live or work within the boundaries of CNA and YOUR DUES MUST BE CURRENT AND PAID BEFORE OR UPON SUBMISSION OF THE NOMINATION FORM. This same provision applies to past or present CNA members. Associate members are not allowed to cast votes.
Dues can be paid online here. 
2020 Board Election Nomination Form
Which position interests you?
Which Committee would you be most interested in serving on?
 
 

Candidates

 
Deborah Gorth:

What do you like most about the neighborhood?: It's the best neighborhood in Philadelphia. The juxtaposition of old industrial buildings and warm community make it a uniquely welcoming place.

What do you think needs improvement?: Better trash pickup, more conscientious development

Tell us a little about yourself: I bought my home in the neighborhood 7 years ago and do not see myself ever moving. I have board experience: President of Philly Roller Derby's board for 3 years, Secretary and Co-Chair of Liberty City Democrats board for a year each, and am a co-owner and board member of Love City Brewing. Being both a home owner and business owner in the neighborhood, I care deeply about the health of this community.

Which position interests you?: General Member

Which Committee would you be interested in?: Community Engagement, Social Media, Membership/Volunteer Coordination

 
Leah Strenger [current board member]

What do you like most about the neighborhood?: Callowhill’s unique architectural aesthetic (the scale of the existing buildings, vacant lots, and the viaduct), is what I like most about the neighborhood. I also like our neighborhood’s central location and that we are surrounded on all sides by neighborhoods that continue to develop, and whose improvements will benefit our area. The Rail Park is pretty great too!

What do you think needs improvement?: We need more lighting, eyes on the street, and better street cleaning and litter removal. So many new businesses have opened in the neighborhood in the past few years, and is is important to keep the area clean and safe for the neighbors to enjoy, and to make the neighborhood welcoming to businesses and their patrons. As these changes come to the area, we must continue to advocate for good design and preservation of our unique and impressive industrial building stock.

Tell us a little about yourself:I have lived in Philadelphia for nearly 14 years and in the Callowhill neighborhood for eight years. I am a current CNA board member and I also serve on my condo board. I am a Realtor in Center City, and my educational background is in fine arts and urban studies. My community involvement and my profession make me well suited for the board, and I bring an understanding and passion for urbanism and city living to the table, along with a design and real estate perspective.

Which position interests you?: General Member

Which Committee would you be interested in?:  Green and Clean, Community Engagement, Zoning/Design/Planning, Membership/Volunteer Coordination, Communications/Marketing

Sarah  McEneaney [current board president]

What do you like most about the neighborhood?:  Callowhill is a unique neighborhood . From the architecture, to the activities, to the people who live and work here- we are diverse and growing.

What do you think needs improvement?:  Callowhill has room to grow. We need to encourage thoughtful development that acknowledges the history, diversity , and character of the neighborhood. We need to continue street cleaning and support future sections of the Rail Park .

Tell us a little about yourself:  I am an artist and have lived and worked in Callowhill since 1979. I am the current board president and a founding member of CNA and Friends of the Rail Park.

Which position interests you?: President

Which Committee would you be interested in?:  Green and Clean, Community Engagement

 

John Struble [current board member]

What do you like most about the neighborhood?: Variety and potential

What do you think needs improvement?:  More people

Tell us a little about yourself:  Been on the hood since 1997 Seen a lot of changes and hope to see more.

Which position interests you?:  General Member.

Which Committee would you be interested in?:  Zoning/Design/Planning

Erica Ehrenbard [current board member]

What do you like most about the neighborhood?: I love the industrial and early-20th-century architecture, which supports unique and creative uses. Callowhill has character unlike any other neighborhood and is one of the very few that fits my lifestyle as a sculptor.

What do you think needs improvement?:  The neighborhood would be greatly improved by lessening trash/litter along our streets and sidewalks. I also think it is important to develop more greenery and support the growth of local business.

Tell us a little about yourself:  I am an artist based in the neighborhood and I run a custom metalworking business here. I care deeply about the overall health and growth of the community, as it will be my home and workplace for the foreseeable future. I approach board decision-making with a long-term mindset and strive to make both sides of every coin heard so we can make informed change.

Which position interests you?:  General Member.

Which Committee would you be interested in?:  Green and Clean, Zoning/Design/Planning.

Bo Dahlhausen

What do you like most about the neighborhood?: 

The industrial history of the neighborhood with creatively repurposed buildings in a central location.

What do you think needs improvement?:  I think we have a lot of improving to do with the litter/trash situation overall.

Tell us a little about yourself:  I have lived in Philadelphia for over 10 years and in Callowhill for 6 after moving back from 5 years in Poland post undergrad. I work in business development for an advertising technology company and have 15 years of sales/business development experience. It is that experience that has made me comfortable talking to and working with just about anyone. I think that I would be a good board member based on the community relationships I have built with Sarah McEneaney, Councilmember Squilla, and Police Captain Matthew James in our combined efforts to get goPuff to operate in a legal, more respectful way in Callowhill. Through my social media actions, press engagement, and community relationships, we have seen a vast improvement in their operations. I would love to be more engaged with helping to improve the neighborhood as a whole.

Which position interests you?:  General Member.

Which Committee would you be interested in?:  Green and Clean, Social Media

Callowhill Neighborhood Association

Email: callowhill@gmail.com

Address: 
1115 Hamilton Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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