2021 GPPA Leaders

Steering Committee

Co-Chair

Beth Scroggin (Chester) 

I grew up in Delaware County, PA, then went on to attend college at Boston University, where I earned my undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education. I began teaching math at a public school in 2007, where I've been teaching ever since. In 2009, I completed my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and became a mother. My experience with politics began with work on the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016, where I gained valuable skills in phone banking and canvassing. The experience left me disenchanted with the Democratic Party, so I wanted to join a party that better represented my values and would welcome my energy.

At the time, there was no local chapter of the Green Party, so in October 2016, I started the Chester County Green Party, for which I have served as Chair ever since. In 2017, I collected a great deal of signatures to get Jules Mermelstein on the ballot for PA Superior Court, and helped run a local campaign for Nate Craig for Mayor of Phoenixville. I was elected to the GPPA Steering Committee in November 2017 as an At-Large Member, and then as Secretary in January 2018. Organization and self-discipline are areas of strength for me, and my particular areas of interest are in removing corporate influence over our daily lives (particularly for children), and protecting our environment.

I have served as a GPUS National Delegate since 2017, and keep up-to-date on the conversations at the national level. I post regularly to the #national-committee Slack channel, helping to keep you all informed and seeking your thoughts so that I can best represent you.

Co-Chair

Jay Walker (Allegheny) 

Jay Ting Walker is a Community Organizer at Pennsylvania environmental non-profit Clean Air Council. Jay is a member of Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Bike Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh DSA. He's also the Chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County and the Secretary of the Allegheny County Transit Council. Jay studied Biology and Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he was active in environmental activism. In his free time, Jay is passionate about ultimate frisbee, board games, Starcraft, and watching soccer.

I have experience as an alternate NC member for the national youth caucus. I also have relationships with Greens across the country.

Treasurer

Tre Schumacher (Philadelphia) 

I have worked on Olivia Faison's campaign for Philadelphia City Council, served as a GPPA steering committee member and communications team member, and served on the GPoP's city committee. I am currently studying philosophy and economics where skills such as writing, critical thinking, and mathematical reasoning are integral.

I am currently studying philosophy and economics where skills such as writing, critical thinking, and mathematical reasoning are integral. I have held positions in the Green Party of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia and am currently applying for the city of Philadelphia's new participatory budgeting scheme where I will bring Green values to Philadelphia's government. Being an elected GPPA officer is how I grow my experience as a Green functionary.

Secretary

Kelly Kuzemchak (Allegheny) 

Green / Campaign experience: GPOAC Treasurer, 2019-present; Young EcoSocialists (GPUS youth caucus) Treasurer, 2019-present; Jay Walker campaign treasurer, 2018; Jay Walker campaign manager & treasurer, 2020; Nick Prete campaign treasurer, 2019; Tara Yaney campaign treasurer, 2019. Skills: very proficient in MS Office, Google Apps, NationBuilder, VAN, databases, and general software. Formerly a software engineer/data scientist.

I am excited about the recent growth in GPPA and I'm eager to make sure we are able to sustain that growth and support our party's leaders and candidates. I have been involved In campaigns at many levels throughout my 2 years in the party, including managing Jay Walker's campaign for PA House in 2020, which raised $9,000 and increased Jay's vote count from the previous election by over 50%. I've served on the executive committee for GPOAC for 2 years now as the treasurer. I am well-versed in using software such as MS Office, Google Apps, NationBuilder, VAN, and databases. I like information to be organized and easy to read and distribute, and I am passionate about making beautiful spreadsheets.

CONTACT KELLY AT: [email protected]

At-Large Members

Claire Cohen (Allegheny) 

No information at this time . . .

Dave Ochmanowicz (Bucks) 

No information at this time . . .

Beth Schongar (Allegheny) 

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Committee Team Leaders

 

Green Wave Team Leader

Garret Wasserman (Allegheny) 

To join the Green Wave Team and get invited to future organizing calls, please sign up HERE

CONTACT NOEL AT: [email protected]

Core Team Leader

{SEE JAY TING WALKER} 

If you are interested in helping The Core Team, sign up HERE.

CONTACT KELLY AT: [email protected]

Communications Team Leader

Chris Robinson (Philadelphia) 

Co-Leader of ComTeam since January 2019. Green Party of PA member since 2002.

I really enjoy working with the other Communication Team members, and I also enjoy meeting new volunteers and introducing them to the ComTeam's mission of education, organization and agitation.

To join our team, please volunteer at https://www.gpofpa.org/, or to join online, sign up HERE.

CONTACT CHRIS AT: [email protected]

Finance Team Leader

{SEE TRE SCHUMACHER} 

If you are interested in getting involved with the Finance Team sign up HERE.

CONTACT TRE AT: [email protected]

 

 


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