Philadelphia Associate Board
The City Year Philadelphia Associate Board is a group of young professionals who advance our mission by building social and professional network engagement and creating a pipeline of donors and champions.
Elizabeth is a manager on Aramark's Growth Enablement team. She got involved with City Year shortly after graduating Lehigh University in 2015 and has served on the Associate Board since 2016. In addition to City Year, Elizabeth also volunteers with the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) walking dogs.
Alvin Bastian is the AVP, Relationship Management at Archer. Alvin has a strong passion for education with a focus in equitable learning. Originally from Maryland, Alvin came to Philadelphia for college where he attended Philadelphia University receiving a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting. Alvin enjoys all things sports especially golf, soccer, basketball, and football.
As part of the Eisner Advisory Group, LLC, Lauren provides restructuring and investigative advisory services to distressed companies, unsecured creditors, senior lenders, and trustees. She is an experienced financial advisor and licensed attorney providing a full array of services to business entities of all types and sizes to position them for long-term success. She is also frequently engaged by clients’ professional advisors, such as attorneys, investors, venture capitalists and investment bankers.
Lauren has a lifelong passion for learning and strongly believes that every student deserves equitable access to educational opportunities. She is proud to be part of the City Year Associate Board supporting the AmeriCorps members so they can continue to serve the students, families, and communities in the Philadelphia area.
Joseph Catuzzi focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, representing corporate and institutional clients in a range of business litigation matters, including commercial disputes, real estate issues, employment matters, insurance coverage issues, and general liability defense. His client representation includes preparing pleadings and legal memorandum, managing cases, and attending depositions, conferences, hearings, and mediations.
Joe has extensive experience appearing before local governmental agencies to obtain zoning relief, land development approvals, and address historic designation issues. Joe’s clients have included real estate developers, public and private corporations, religious organizations, nonprofits, individuals, and local governments. Joe is well versed in Pennsylvania’s land development process and leverages his diverse experience to efficiently resolve regulatory issues for clients in a cost-effective manner.
Joe also regularly counsels businesses of all sizes on a wide array of employment issues, including hiring, restrictive covenants, human resource policies, disciplinary and termination matters, and social media issues. He also represents clients in employment-related litigation in federal and state courts as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Kate is the President of Central High School in the School District of Philadelphia. She is a Philadelphia native and received her Master's from Pace University and Bachelor's from Cornell University. Prior to becoming a school leader, Kate was an assistant principal and teacher in New York City. Kate is a graduate of the School District of Philadelphia as well as a proud alumna of CYNY '10. She is excited to serve on the City Year Associate Board and continue to be connected to City Year.
Kwame Edwards is a Senior Practice Management and Training Specialist at Janney Montgomery Scott where he consults with different financial advisors throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on practice efficiency. Kwame received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Kwame is also a City Year alum, who served as a City Year Seattle AmeriCorps member during the 2014 -15 school year and benefited from having City Year Corps members serving in his classroom and school at Overbrook High School in West Philadelphia. He has a strong passion for increasing diversity in the business industry and strive to reduce the barriers to entry through his participation on the board of the Institute of Management Accounts and mentoring through National Organization of Black Accounts and Strive.
Lydia is a Tax Associate at PwC on the Specialized Tax Services team. She is also the PwC Liaison for City Year Philadelphia. Lydia recently moved to Philadelphia and is excited to become more connected with the community. Lydia received a master’s in accounting from the University of Virginia and her bachelor’s at Mercer University. In her free time, she enjoys sewing, playing tennis, and spending time with her friends and family.
Tiffany Flippen is a Senior Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at Princeton University, and her work focuses on developing, supporting, and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies to further cultivate an inclusive Princeton. Tiffany is a Philadelphia native and believes educators have the ability to positively impact the lives of young people. As a graduate of the Philadelphia public school system, Tiffany had firsthand experience with programs, such as College Access, that provided supplemental resources to schools that were resource constraint. Thus, she excited to serve on the City Year Associate Board and support City Year’s mission in serving students, schools, and communities to build a more equitable future.
Theresa Langschultz is Senior Counsel at AmerisourceBergen focusing on products liability litigation, commercial litigation, and healthcare litigation. Theresa represents and counsels clients at all phases of litigation, including investigation, motion practice, discovery, pre-trial negotiations, trial and appeal. Theresa is a solutions-oriented advocate who regularly handles Federal Employers’ Liability Act actions, significant third-party personal injury claims and premises-liability actions. Theresa has experience defending against cases alleging occupational exposure to various chemicals and substances, including diesel exhaust, creosote, and asbestos. Theresa also has experience in healthcare matters, including representing healthcare providers in disputes with pharmacy benefit managers. She also has experience representing clients in commercial disputes and antitrust matters.
Born and raised in a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia, from a young age Phillip experienced the discrepancies between different parts of the city, which sparked his passion to improve the urban fabric of Philadelphia and the quality of life for those who live there. This passion led him to the world of architecture and the built environment, and is now an Architectural Design Technician at NK Architects. Phillip earned his Bachelor of Architecture and minored in Landscape Architecture at Philadelphia University. Phillip is an artist, a builder, a mentor, an athlete, a lover of “all you can eat” sushi, an awesome uncle and a terrible karaoke singer. In his free time, he fills it up with the people he loves.
Mia is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Business Partner at CAI. Mia formerly worked as a Senior DEI Specialist at Aramark after graduating from Loyola University in Chicago with a B.S. in Advertising & Communications. In her free time, Mia can be found at a Philly sports game, cooking a new recipe, or cuddled up with her cats and a book.
Brian Mullen is a Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President at PNC Bank. Brian also serves as a Community Outreach Leader within PNC, working with organizations such as Philabundance and the Food Bank of South Jersey. In his free time, you can find Brian watching a Phillies game or golfing.
Eli is a servant leader who is tapped into the education network here in Philadelphia! He’s a big fan of music, burgers, and green spaces. Eli currently works as Community Schools Coordinator for the City of Philadelphia. He served as a City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps member during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.
Joshua Puskar is the Vice President of Finance at VitalConnect, a leader in wearable biosensor technology. Prior to VitalConnect, Joshua worked at Passage Bio as a controller and Ernst & Young (EY) as an auditor. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Accounting and maintains CPA credentials. In his free time, he is most likely to be out cycling, exploring craft breweries, or chasing his infant daughter around the house.
Zachary is an Internal Sales Consultant within Macquarie Group's Asset Management division. Having served with City Year Philadelphia in 2021-22, Zachary is determined to continue the work he started as an AmeriCorps Member. Zachary is passionate about student success and equity, citing how his firsthand experiences helped him better understand how incredible students can be and how much they can achieve with the right resources and support. Zachary received a bachelor's degree in finance from Bloomsburg University.
Damon Rankin is a Senior Vice President, Credit at Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, a leading originator of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD multifamily commercial mortgages. In this role he reports directly to the Chief Credit and Risk Officer, oversees a 90 person team of credit staff based in Hyderabad India, leads efforts to improve worldwide underwriter productivity, and provides ongoing strategic decision support to the firm’s c-suite.
Prior to Berkadia, Mr. Rankin worked at Deloitte Consulting in the Strategy & Operations practice. At Deloitte he developed and implemented cost reduction strategies for large life sciences companies. Mr. Rankin started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers' external audit practice where he covered consumer products and utility clients.
Mr. Rankin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Drexel University where he graduated magna cuma laude and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Outside of work, Mr. Rankin enjoys travel, long form journalism, and supporting City Year Philadelphia an education focused non-profit.
Dino Zagami is a Business Analyst for the Responsible Sourcing Group at Aramark. He helps to identify, contract, and track diverse and sustainable suppliers to help Aramark achieve the ESG initiatives outlined in their Be Well. Do Well.® sustainability plan. He designed his own undergraduate degree, Environmental Business, at the University of Maryland, College Park, and previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in northwest China. When he isn’t taking bachata classes to try and overcome his fear of dancing, he loves to exercise, learn new things, and explore the city he recently started calling home.
Young Friends of City Year Philadelphia
Young Friends of City Year Philadelphia is a volunteer group of young professionals committed to our mission. Members connect with peers and engage in service opportunities while making a positive impact on Philadelphia's community and students. Members receive access to special events, networking opportunities with fellow City Year champions, and school-based volunteer projects.