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Youth Action Elects Three New Board Members

Youth Action’s Board of Directors recently elected three new board members. Youth Action’s Executive Director Anthony Phillips writes “The next several years are promising for Youth Action and these three new board members bring new energy to our organization.”

The Following Board Members have been selected:

Tonyelle Cook-Artis Manager of Government Relations- Delaware Port Authority

Tonyelle Cook-Artis, M.P.M., spent a career spanning 15years dedicating her life to public service. In 2016 she served as a member in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Prior to serving, Tonyelle spent a decade, serving as Chief of Staff to the State Representative in the 200th district. In this role, she steered the planning of more than 125 community events and led a staff that serviced 50 plus residents per day in a variety of areas. Tonyelle has also worked to establish effective community partnerships, and actively fights to connect residents to the valuable city and state resources. She currently is Manager of Government Relations at the Delaware River Port Authority in New Jersey.

Tonyelle’s outstanding dedication to the people in her community and her strong leadership abilities helped to quickly elevate her career. She is an avid member of several communities-based organizations including President of East Mt. Airy Neighbors; The National Coalition of 100 Black Women; National Association of University Women ~ Philadelphia/Suburban Chapter. Most notable, Tonyelle sits on the Board for the Lupus Foundation of America Tri-State Chapter (Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania), where she was recently elected to serve as Chair. She is also serving in the capacity of co-block captain for her block, Chair of the Mt. Airy Community Council and is an active member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, where she serves as Assistant Servant Leader on the Trustee Aide Ministry.

Tonyelle received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Political Management from George Washington University. Tonyelle resides in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia with her retired army reservist husband and their son.

 Peter A. D’Amico, CFP®, Founding Partner -Philadelphia Wealth Management

As a Philadelphia native, Pete is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and has been in financial services since 2002 as both an agent and a manager. Pete’s focus on business owners and their families distinguishes him in the industry. Utilizing cutting edge software and technology, he helps his clients plan for the accumulation, management, and distribution of their wealth. He has a vision to help all families navigate their way to the lifestyle they deserve. He has been recognized for his accomplishments in financial planning and is a member of AXA’s Sterling Producer Group. Pete is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University. He currently resides in Manayunk with his wife Jessica, their son Nicholas, and daughter Luciana.

Barry Johnson, Communication & Membership Engagement specialist at African American Chamber of Commerce

 For Youth Action, for four years Barry directed Youth Action’s Inspiring Leaders program which provides training, mentorship, & funding for 9th& 10th grade students to explore/value leadership and organize service projects in their communities. Originally from Trenton, New Jersey Barry is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who studied political communications. He has served as a media specialist with the Pennsylvania Democratic House of Representatives. During his time at UPenn, Barry immersed himself in Philadelphia and gained valuable civic engagement experience pertinent to our students. He has worked in Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s Office, Philadelphia’s District Attorney’s office. His passion for civic engagement continued as he took the fall semester of his senior year off to work as an organizer with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign.


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