Glenavie Norton is chair of the board. She has served on the board since 2009. Her previous board experience includes Women Organized Against Rape, Women’s Way, Women’s Agenda and Parents’ Union for Public Schools. She has served as a Democratic Committeeperson, worked with Move On in 2000 and 2004, Philadelphians Against Santorum in 2006, and the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 as well as local races. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, Glenavie’s career has been in the field of developmental disabilities–consulting and overseeing therapeutic and allied health programs for both adults and children. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and has two adult daughters.
Steve Paul’s passion is uniting, educating, and empowering communities, so that they can learn how to utilize government more effectively. Paul believes voters should have the know-how to circumvent governmental red tape to better their communities; which is why his proudest moment came when he was elected by his community to serve as a Committee Person in the 17th Ward. Paul is currently a Conflicts Researcher at Dechert LLP, an international law firm headquartered in Philadelphia. He is also a member of a variety of professional organizations whose goals encompasses professional growth and community advocacy including: the NAACP, Concerned Citizens for Change, and The Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Incorporated (a historically African American Fraternity). Steve was also recently elected as the first male Officer for the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women.
Andrew Toy is the Development and Communications Manager for SEAMAAC (Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition). His experience includes working at Philadelphia Commerce Department where he managed the Business Services Unit and Special Projects and built a successful Brownfields program for the City of Philadelphia. After working for 8 years within the Rendell Administration, he went on to build a successful Neighborhood Commercial Corridor Initiative at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Toy is an active community member and leader in Philadelphia. Toy completed an unsuccessful bid for an at-Large seat in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia’s City Council in 2011, but garnered much support and raised important citywide issues around community and economic development, education and inclusion of voices often missing in discussions around policy and planning.
Melissa Robbins, has been on the board of ADA since spring of 2014. She is a veteran who has served in the United States Army. Robbins began her political career as a volunteer for Obama 2008 in Atlanta, GA. After returning to Philadelphia in 2010 she focused on working as an organizer by volunteering on Pennsylvania’s 2013 gubernatorial election. Robbins was selected as an intern on the Philadelphia Jobs Commission. Shortly after Robbins became an organizer in the 8th congressional district during the Pennsylvania 2014 mid-terms. In the spring of 2015, she and a team of three, successfully worked to elect a new member to Philadelphia City Council. Robbins most recently served on the winning staff of a special election in the 195th legislative district. She studied both Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at Temple University. She is the proud mother of four and a member of the National Organization for Women.
Pamela Roy is a Philadelphia public school teacher with nearly a decade of public school teaching and advocacy experience. She is a political liaison for Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and a member of its radical caucus, the Caucus of Working Educators. She is also a Need in Deed network teacher and a member of Ph
illy Core Leaders, and holds graduate degrees in both Ecology and Education. In the past, she co-founded the Michigan State University Chapter of Graduate Women in Science, for the support and achievement of women in science, and was a member of the Michigan State Graduate Student Union. She has served on ADA’s board since 2015, and co-chairs the education committee.
Evan Meyer is a Philadelphia lawyer. He retired from the City in March 2013, after 20 years in the City Solicitor’s Office, and 5 years as General Counsel to the Philadelphia Board of Ethics. Evan served as counsel to the City’s Mayoral advisory Board of Ethics from 1989 to 2006, and has issued hundreds of legal opinions and conducted numerous trainings on ethics, public records, and political activity. Evan joined the ADA Board in August 2014 and serves as its Secretary. Although prohibited by the City Charter from engaging in political activity during his service as a City employee, Evan is a registered Democrat, and has a keen interest in public service, good government, and ethics. Evan has volunteered as an ESL teacher at the Nationalities Service Center, and currently is employed part-time as a tutor for Kaplan Test Prep.
Bruce Caswell joined the Board of Southeastern Pennsylvania ADA in 1979 and has served in many capacities on the Board of ADA including chapter president. Since 1994 Bruce has served on the Executive Committee of National ADA, most of that time as co-chair of the Politics and Government Commission. Bruce is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Rowan University having retired in 2014 after 25 years. At Rowan, Bruce’s roles included department chair, union negotiator, university senate president, advisor for four student groups, among many other forms of campus service for which he received the university’s award for professional service. Bruce has also taught at Penn, Temple, Rutgers, and LaSalle. He is past president of the Northeastern Political Science Association, past president of the New Jersey PSA, and member of the editorial board of Commonwealth, the journal of the Pennsylvania PSA. His most recent academic publications and papers cover early American political thought, politics and popular culture, presidential performance, the changing demography of the U.S. electorate, and forecasting presidential elections. Prior to becoming an academic, Bruce was the research director at the Institute for the Study of Civic Values and before that he worked in Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare as urban planner, policy analyst, and intergovernmental relations specialist.