Meet Our Board & Staff Members
Gloria is a co-founder of PNN, a social justice lawyer, who sits on the PA Board of the ACLU, and a lifelong community activist who has worked on economic, racial and social justice issues.
Co-founder, Vice Chair
A retired legal eagle for City Council, Stan brings a deep understanding of how government can be utilized to serve progressive ends. His connections to key policymakers as a subject matter expert lend gravitas to the reputation of PNN.
Boris "Bo" Dirnbach
Bo came to Philly to attend school and stayed to teach high school. He turned his attention to politics, becoming active with Progressive Democrats of America and DSA. A member of our Steering Committee since 2014, Bo chairs our Education AC.
Exec Committee, Housing Chair
Following a career in banking and financial compliance, Gail turned to community activism, becoming a block captain and a leader for Stadium Stompers. She chairs our Housing Action Committee.
Maurice M. Sampson
An environmental activist since Earth Day, 1969, Maurice was the City’s first Recycling Coordinator and currently the Eastern Pennsylvania Director for Clean Water Action, and he chairs our Environmental Action Committee.
Social Media Team
Susan is a poet, performer and teaching artist in area schools and collaborative projects with musicians, singers and visual artists. Joining her love of creative collaboration to her longing for functioning democracy, Susan is our local Twitter expert.
Conni’s activism started in Mississippi in 1965. She’s a co-founder of NARAL and served on its national executive committee. She’s also station manager at Germantown Radio.
Secretary, Fundraising Chair
Her resume tells the story of decades of leadership – VP at PACA, Board President at Weavers Way, a Team Leader at POWER, and Director of the Interfaith Coalition for the General Welfare – Margaret is a member of the Exec Committee.
Pastor Brawner is Exec. Director of Haven Youth Center who works for social justice in North and West Philly. He is also an activist for HIV/AIDS issues and can be seen in the film “25 to Life”.
Alaina puts her effort into civic participation through political work. As a high school History teacher, she fostered student-led, discussion-based learning that made the tools of democracy clear and accessible to her students.
John is a community and political organizer who has worked for state legislators and presidential candidates. A returning citizen, John has devoted much of his time to the Amistad Law Project to end solitary confinement and release geriatric prisoners.
Affectionately known as T-Bah, Tonya is a strategist and social justice activist. A widowed mother of twins navigating autism and disabilities, her lived experiences, good instincts and joy for her community make her a valuable member of our Exec Committee.
For the past 15 years, Tim has led actions from City Hall to Harrisburg to the Supreme Court to the U.S. Capitol. He has staffed national and state election campaigns; has written articles and speeches in support of progressive issues, and teaches public speaking.
Jasmine Hanna is a student at Smith College and has previously worked at Planned Parenthood and the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland. She runs our social media accounts, designed this website, and will produce PNN's Germantown Radio show in 2022.
Blue Pennsylvania Chair
Coleman’s passion is working to extend the progressive template developed by Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks into the suburbs and key races across the state as the chair of Blue Pennsylvania.
Dr. Walter Tsou
Walter is the former City Health Commissioner, past President of the American Health Association and an expert on health reform and health care financing, who frequently briefs members of Congress on health care issues.