PHL Dems

PARTY
LEADERSHIP

Robert A. Brady

chairman

Congressman Bob Brady is the Chairman Philadelphia Democratic Party Brady. He also serves as the Chair of Philadelphia’s Democratic State Committee delegation, Leader of West Philadelphia’s 34th Ward, a USA 250th Anniversary Commissioner, a 50-year union carpenter, and 22-year University of Pennsylvania graduate school professor.

“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 of the House Administration Committee. 

Brady previously was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 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.

jannie blackwell

First vice chair

“Politics is an open-ended opportunity to make life better for others.”
– Party Vice Chair Jannie Blackwell

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell serves as the Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, Co-Chair of the United Ward Leaders of Color, and Leader of the 46th Ward. 

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.

Jannie continues her life of service today, and continues to be famous for her initiatives to support Homeless Philadelphians, feed the hungry, and utilize the resources of the Party to give back.

Edgar "Sonny" Campbell, Jr.

Treasurer

Edgar “Sonny” Campbell, Jr. serves as the Treasurer of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, Co-Chair of the United Ward Leaders of Color, and Leader of West Philadelphia’s 4th Ward.

Sonny Campbell is the patriarch of the storied Campbell Family, and is, along with most members of his family, a longtime community advocate and political leader in West Philadelphia.

Shirley
Gregory

Assitant Treasurer

Shirley Gregory is the Assistant Treasurer of the Philadelphia Democratic Party and Leader of North Philadelphia’s Mighty 49th Ward.

Mrs. Gregory has been a dynamic pillar of the North Philly/Logan Neighborhood community for over forty years.  She serves on the board of Albert Einstein Hospital and Bebashi, one of the nation’s HIV/AIDS organizations which serves low-income people of color with HIV disease. Previously Mrs. Gregory had a distinguished career as a Capitol Hill Staffer and Congressional District Director. 

Anne
Brown

Vice Chair
& Director of Constituent Services

Mrs. Anne Brown is a Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, and Leader 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 Operations, 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 has lead her diverse, working-class community as Ward Leader since 1996.

Angel
Cruz

Vice Chair

State Representative Angel Cruz is a Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, Leader of the 7th Ward, and the City’s longest-serving 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. 

Party Staff

James Harrity

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

James Harrity is the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Executive Director, a Member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, and is a proud 33rd Ward Democrat.

Harrity has been deeply active in Philadelphia politics since his teens, and previously served as a City of Philadelphia Deputy Managing Director, a Deputy Sheriff, and union organizer. 

In addition to his service to the Party, Mr. Harrity also currently serves as Executive Director of the Office of Senator Sharif Street, and Political Director of the Laborers’ International Union Local 57.

John
Brady

PA DEMS PHILADELPHIA DIRECTOR

John Brady is assistant to Party Chairman Bob Brady (no relation) and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s Philadelphia Director.

John also serves as a 21st Ward Committeeperson since age 19, one of the youngest members of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, a member of the board of trustees of Roman Catholic High School, a Keeper fellow with Leadership Philadelphia, and an executive board member of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Young Democrat clubs.

Craig Levin, Esquire

Chair of the Legal Department

Craig Levin is the Chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Legal Department and Chair of the “Charlie Bernard Pro-Bono Initiative”, where he leads the Party’s efforts to find Pro-Bono legal representation for regular, every-day Philadelphians who cannot afford an attorney. He also serves as Committeeman for the 8th Ward.

As civil trial lawyer for the last 31 years, Craig has passionately fought for the rights of individuals and for those who have been ignored and left behind by our system. 

In addition to serving others through the law, he has given back to the community as a mentor, ally, and a prolific pro bono attorney. For the last 21 years, he’s served as the pro-bono counsel to the Spanish American Law Enforcement Association. For the past 18 years Craig has volunteered his time as a youth hockey coach.

Gianni
Hill

Information & Data Director

Gianni Hill is the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Information and Data Director, the current youngest Member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, and a proud 27th Ward Democrat.

Aside from his service at the Party Office, Gianni is Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats, Political Coordinator for State Senator Sharif Street, a professional political/data consultant, a full time University of Pennsylvania sophomore, and an active College Democrat.

The City Committee

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 Democratic City Committee.

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.