Elected Party Officers
Robert A. Brady
Congressman Bob Brady is the Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party. He also serves as the Chairman of Philadelphia’s Democratic State Committee Delegation, Leader of West Philadelphia’s 34th Ward, a member of the USA 250th Anniversary Commission, a member of the Board of the ODUNDE Festival (the nation’s largest African American festival), a 22-year University of Pennsylvania graduate school professor, and a proud 54-year union carpenter. Chairman Brady started his political career as a 24-year old Young Democrat, when he was elected to be a 34th Ward Democratic Committeeman after defeating an absentee incumbent.
“The Mayor of Capitol Hill” previously served as Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District for over 20 years. In Congress he was the long-time Chair & Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration.
Chairman Brady previously a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commissioner, Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia under Philadelphia’s first African American Mayor, Dr. Wilson Goode, Sergeant-At-Arms of Philadelphia City Council, and a multi-decade small business owner, interior designer, and professional journeyman carpenter.
First Vice Chair
“Politics is an open-ended opportunity to make life better for others.”
– Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell serves as the First Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party. The Councilwoman also serves as Chair of the United Democratic Ward Leaders of Color, Leader of the 46th Ward, and Chair of the City of Philadelphia’s Commission on African and Caribbean Affairs.
Councilwoman Blackwell is a former educator, aide to the Governor, and State Legislature civil servant who served as a member of Philadelphia City Council for the West & Southwest Philadelphia’s 3rd District for 28 years.
The Councilwoman continues her life of service today, and continues her initiatives to support homeless Philadelphians, find employment for West Philly Youth, feed the hungry, and utilize the resources of the Party to give back to underserved and at-risk communities.
State Representative Angel Cruz is Second Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, Leader of the 7th Ward, and a retired member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Formerly a Union Organizer and City Council aide, Rep. Cruz was first elected in 2001 to represent the Kensington, Juniata, Harrowgate, and Tioga Park neighborhoods. In Harrisburg he serves as Chair of the Latino Caucus and Democratic Chair of the Human Services Committee.
Rep. Cruz has drafted and had enacted several important pieces of legislation including Act 148 of 2014, which expanded newborn screening in Pennsylvania, and has secured grants for numerous non-profit organizations and projects in his district.
Councilwoman Cindy Bass serves as one of the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Vice Chairs. The Councilwoman also serves as Leader of the 22nd Ward, a Member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, and a Member of the Democratic National Committee. Councilwoman Bass currently serves as on Philadelphia’s City Council representing the 8th District.
Councilwoman Bass started her political career as a member of the Philadelphia Young Democrats. Bass has worked as a senior policy advisor to former Congressman Chaka Fattah, and was a special assistant to Allyson Schwartz during her time in the State Senate.
She has worked as a campaign manager for former Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and as an aide to former Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller.
William “Bill” Dolbow serves as one of the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Vice Chairs and Leader of Mayfair’s 35th Ward. He has been a Democratic Committeeperson since age 18.
Mr. Dolbow served as South Eastern Pennsylvania Director of the Office of the Auditor General for decades before his retirement in 2020.
Dolbow runs the Party’s Petition Program for endorsed candidates, and coordinates distribution of literature and signs for GOTV efforts.
Jonathan Saidel, Esquire, CPA. is a former Philadelphia City Controller and was elected in 2022 as Treasurer. Mr. Saidel also serves as a Member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee and a DNC Member, where he serves as a leading member on the DNC’s Finance Committee.
Mr. Saidel served as Philadelphia’s City Controller for sixteen years (1990–2006), where he won national plaudits for reforming and professionalizing the office. His work culminated in the publication of the widely praised book, “Philadelphia: A New Urban Direction” which is still used as a guidepost for effective government and corporate governance, and is required reading in many colleges and universities.
Mr. Saidel is an attorney and certified public accountant, specializing in class action litigation, real estate consulting, and represents individuals and corporations with large tax liabilities before cities, states, and the federal government.
Mrs. Shirley Gregory serves as the Assistant Treasurer of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, and as Leader of Upper North Philadelphia’s “Mighty 49th” Ward.
Mrs. Gregory holds the admirable title of “Party Dean”, as the Party’s longest-serving and eldest Ward Leader. A position she has selflessly devoted herself to since first being elected in the mid-1970s.
Mrs. Gregory has been a dynamic pillar of the North Philly/Logan Neighborhood community, and a mentor to many North Philadelphia Politicians, for over fifty years. Mrs. Gregory serves on the board of Albert Einstein Hospital and Bebashi, one of the nation’s oldest HIV/AIDS organizations which serves low-income people of color with HIV disease.
Previously Mrs. Gregory had a distinguished career as an advisor and aide in Washington DC to Congressman and Ambassador to Italy Thomas Foglietta, and later as a senior Capitol Hill staffer and District Director to Congressman Bob Brady.
Yolanda "Lonnie" Richardson
Yolanda Richardson is the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Office Manager and a proud 40th Ward Democrat.
Formerly a highly respected political consultant for many successful Democratic candidates, Mrs. Richardson is now celebrating her 32nd Year working for the Philadelphia Democratic Party.
Anthony "Bo" Amen
Chief Financial Officer
Anthony “Bo” Amen is the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Amen was born and raised in the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia. He is a master plumber, and a longtime small business owner who spends his “retirement” managing the finances of the Philadelphia Democratic Party.
John Brady is the Political Director of the Philadelphia Democratic Party and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.
Mr. Brady is a professional organizer and campaign manager who started his political career at 19 years old, as an elected 21st Ward Committeeperson in his home neighborhood of Manayunk. He now serves as Vice Chair of that Ward. Brady is one of the youngest elected members of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, where he is Secretary of the Philadelphia Delegation. He also serves as President of the Philadelphia Young Democrats.
He also serves as Pennsylvania’s National Committeeman for the Young Democrats of America, the Finance Chair of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats, a Board Member of the Liberty City Democratic Club, and a proud Trustee of Roman Catholic High School.
DATA & IT Director
Advisor To the Chair
Gianni Hill is the Party’s Information and Data Director and Advisor to Chairman Brady. He is an elected Member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee and a proud 5th Ward Committeeman.
Mr. Hill is also Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats, Political Coordinator for State Senator Sharif Street, and a professional political and data consultant for Democratic candidates across Pennsylvania. He is currently a first-year law student at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
Assistant to the Chair for Operations & Candidate Affairs
August Williams is Assistant to the Chair, Eastern PA Political Director for U.S. Senator Bob Casey, and a proud 5th Ward Committeeman.
A native of Washington State, Mr. Williams is a graduate of Haverford College where he was captain of the baseball team.
Mr. Williams is an active Philadelphia Young Democrat.
Mrs. Anna Brown is a Member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, Vice Chair Emeritus of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, and Ward Leader Emeritus of South West Philadelphia’s 40th Ward.
Mrs. Brown is a retired Congressional aide and senior City Council staffer who currently works in the Party office. There she helps run Party Constituent Services, helps out-of-work Philadelphians find employment, and helps Philadelphians who cannot afford legal representation find pro bono attorneys.
Mrs. Brown has served as a Democratic Committeewoman since 1982, and lead her diverse, working-class community as Ward Leader from 1996 to 2022.
Constituent Services Director & Vice Chair Emeritus
Advisors, Committee Chairs, and Caucus Chairs
Robert Dellavella, Esq.
Michael Boyle, Esq.
Committee on Contests
Philadelphia Democratic Women
Joseph Russo, Jr., Esq.
N.E. Philadelphia Democratic Womens' Club
United Democratic Ward Leaders of Color
Philadelphia Young Democrats
Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus
Committee People & Ward Leaders
Every 4 years, the City of Philadelphia elects 3,406 neighborhood advocates and political organizers as Democratic Committeepeople. They are an organizing force and the backbone of the Party. Together they and their chosen volunteer Ward Leaders are known as the Philadelphia Democratic Party.
Philadelphia is geographically divided into 66 wards. Each ward is further divided into 10-50 divisions based on population. Every four years, during the primary election of the Governor’s race, registered Democratic voters in each division elect two of their neighbors to serve as the division’s Democratic Committeepeople. The elected Committeepeople make up each party’s Ward Committee, and vote for a Ward Leader shortly after the election at a meeting of the Ward committee.