Having been recently restructured, the Local Committee's aim is to research and develop solutions to Philadelphia and Pennsylvania's most urgent problems. Given the greater accessibility to local government, the Local Committee hopes to actually pass legislation and policy through either City and State Departments or City and State elected government.
Currently, the Regional Committee is tackling the pervasive issue of lead poisoning within Philadelphia. Having already spoken to and received input from local officials about this issue, the Regional Committee aims to present a proposal to the State Department of Health to improve the standard of allowable blood lead levels in all Philadelphians.
2020-2021 Local Committee
VP of Local Affairs
Roshie Xing is a freshman from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania intending to study Mathematical Economics and minor in Statistics. Her past experience has included leading her high school's Model UN club, volunteering with Save the Children Action Network as a student ambassador, and volunteering for Emily Skopov's PA House campaign. At Penn, Roshie is involved in the Undergraduate Economics Society, Penn Flutes/Wind Ensemble, and the F-Word Magazine. She is particularly passionate about foreign policy and systemic economic inequality and is excited to use her time at PPC to advocate for policies pursuing meaningful change. In her spare time, she can be found reading or hanging out with her friends.
MARY KATE LANGAN
VP of Local Affairs
Mary Kate is a sophomore from New Hampshire studying Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and Finance in the Wharton School. Since joining the Local Committee in the fall of her freshman year, Mary Kate has enjoyed learning more about policy in Philadelphia through the lead poisoning and opioid crisis projects. Outside of PPC, Mary Kate is involved in the Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club, the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education, MUSE, and is a research assistant in the Sociology Department. In her free time, Mary Kate loves exploring Philly and finding new dim sum restaurants.
Hailing from San Francisco, Cami is a sophomore studying Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and Behavioral Economics and Public Policy in the Wharton School. She joined PPC freshman fall and stays passionate about being civically engaged. At Penn, Cami is also involved in the Penn Association for Gender Equity, Wharton Investment and Trading Group, and the Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club. In her free time, she enjoys watching Youtube, working out, and listening to music.
Sharon Lee is a sophomore from Maryland, pursuing a Political Science major and a Legal Studies & History minor. She is also a Public Policy Research Scholar concentrating in financial regulation, a sector of policy she hopes to continue to pursue throughout the rest of her education and career. Sharon’s passion for policy was sparked in high school by her work at the Baltimore City Juvenile Court and has since grown greatly throughout her time at Penn. In addition to PPC, Sharon is an associate editor at the Penn Undergraduate Law Journal, Director of Global Operations for the Back to Bach Project, a photo associate for the Daily Pennsylvanian, and a research assistant at the Business Ethics and Public Policy Department of the Wharton School. In her free time, she enjoys boxing, watching movies, and traveling.
Manoj Simha is a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Economics from Wharton Business School, concentrating in finance and strategic management. His interest in politics began at a young age volunteering on local campaigns in Seattle, growing stronger after working in City Hall. He is particularly interested in urban reform, trade and foreign policy. In his leisure time, Manoj, a huge cinema buff, can be found watching classic films. He is also a self-taught guitar player and avid sports fan.
Cole McCann-Phillips is a Freshman from Berkeley, California studying History and Arabic. After working in California to advance student priorities in education in the state legislature and interning on Tony Thurmond's successful campaign for State Superintendent of Schools, he decided to take a gap year to work for education start-ups while living in Morocco and Tunisia. A Hearst Foundation scholar and student activist, Cole is passionate about education policy in the United States and abroad.