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.
2021-22 Local Committee
Vice President of Local Affairs
Jacob Wycoff is the Vice President of the Local Committee. He was an Associate Consultant on the Local Team for one year and previously served on the Federal Team for a semester, as he joined PPC in Spring 2020. Jacob is a junior from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania pursuing a double major in physics and philosophy with a minor in math. His main interests are healthcare and environmental policy and is generally enthusiastic about using government action to create a more equitable society. Jacob is also a member of Penn Philosophy Society where he likes to explore questions of scientific objectivity and animal ethics and a physics lab where he does machine learning research. In his free time he likes to play guitar, read philosophy, and keep up with politics.
Kambiz Shoaei is an Associate Consultant in the Local Branch, having joined PPC in Fall 2021. He is a first-year student in the College, from Laguna Beach, California, pursuing a major in International Relations. Kambiz is interested in migration and trade policy. Outside of PPC, he is involved with the Wharton Alliance as Vice President and Wharton Undergraduates in Public Policy as a Policy Researcher, along with serving as the Associate Secretary-General for the Ivy League ModelUN Conference.
Sulema Guevara-Lazo is an Associate Consultant on the Local Committee, having joined PPC in Fall 2021. She is a sophomore in the College, from Dallas, Texas pursuing a major in Health and Societies with a concentration in Global Health. She enjoys working closely with members of PPC to provide policy briefs, emphasizing how she’s been able to nurture her skills in this field. Sulema is interested in global and public health policy in addition to both environmental and social policies. Outside of PPC, she serves on the board of Istmo Y Vos and Penn Timmy Global Health, as well as being involved with UNAIDS at Penn.