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Emerging Leaders Circle

Cultural Cabinet Membership for the Next Generation

The Emerging Leaders Circle of the Cultural Cabinet is the next generation of leaders for the arts and cultural sector. The ELC promotes leadership and philanthropy and is an excellent professional development and networking opportunity. 

We come from diverse backgrounds - nonprofit arts and culture, corporate, legal, and government - and will soon assume top-level positions in our respective industries. We are united by a common goal of supporting arts and culture in our region at the institutions we love, but also on the collective level through the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. 


  • Exciting professional development opportunities around board service
  • Two annual networking receptions with the Cultural Cabinet
  • Exclusive ELC networking happy hours 
  • Lunch & Learn opportunities throughout the year
  • Bring a guest to all events. 

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Membership is $300 annually. To join, renew your membership or download a form for employer sponsorship, visit the Emerging Leaders Circle membership page. 

Current Emerging Leaders Circle Members

Ivan Carter
Web Designer, Results Repeat Digital Marketing

Kathy H. Christiano

Sarah Christy
Chief Operating Officer, International House Philadelphia

Josh Darfler
Biology Department Manager, University of Pennsylvania

Jamie DeAngelis 
Client Service Associate, Glenmede Trust Company, N.A. 

Rachel Dukeman
Partner, Goei Group

Julia Durkin 
Director of Operations and Advancement, ArtistYear

Lauren Garnese
Associate Director of Development, Art-Reach  

Megan Helzner 
Manager, Center for Applied Research

Kate Huffman
Director of Development & Board Liaison, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Taja Jones
Associate Director of Development & Alumni Relations, Institute of Contemporary Art

Kara LaFleur
AVP & Assistant Director, PNC Client & Community Relations, PNC Bank

Phillip Le
Senior Director, Innovation & Customer Value Proposition, Xfinity 

Kelly Le Vine
Freelance Costume Designer 

Jonecia Lewis
Program Director, Sky Community Partners, Inc. 

Camille Mola
PR and Communications Manager, The Academy of Vocal Arts

Megan O'Shea
Chief Financial Officer, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Kelli Paul
Vice President of Development, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Jessica Powers
MBA Candidate, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Anita Ranjani 
Founder and Artistic Director, Naatya Seva, Conservatory of Indian Classical Performing Arts 

Donyale Reavis
Managing Partner, Calyx Philanthropy Advisors

Laurie Rothenberg 
Associate Director, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Kelly Schempp
VP of Audience Development and Integrated Marketing, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Jessica Scipione 
Director of Development, ArtWell

Megan Tomey
Assistant Program Manager — Philadelphia, Compass

*Bold denotes member of ELC Steering Committee