Everyone’s title is Team Member – ready to do what has to get done and step in to help out whenever needed! We share common values of mutual respect, service and civility and we try to act in accordance with these values in our everyday lives.
Harry Pozycki is our founder, chairman of the board and our 24/7 volunteer extraordinaire! He is a graduate of Brown University and Fordham Law. He has served in government, acted as advisor to governors, established a specialty law firm, and spearheaded several successful political reforms. He is a nationally recognized leader in citizen empowerment. A true Citizen Leader in every sense of the word, Harry now dedicates his legal, political, academic and business expertise to building a new National Public Service designed to create a pipeline of principled leaders and practical solutions.
Ellen Clarkson serves as our ‘Chief Operating Officer.’ She is a graduate of the City College of New York and Seton Hall Law School. She clerked for the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, and as a lawyer represented both public and private entities, non-profits, businesses and individuals. She has taught courses in law school and community college. She uses her legal background and experience in the non-profit, academic and local community realms to keep Campaign programs and day-to-day operations on an even keel and running smoothly.
Joanna Kenty comes to us with impressive credentials steeped in a study of classics and its relevance in today’s politics. Joanna is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a scholar, writer, lecturer, researcher and published author who has taught in colleges and universities and most recently worked with community college faculty to develop an online curriculum. Joanna brings her exceptional skills to our team to create a full semester, online course in citizen leadership training.
Katelyn Serpe is our go-to team member for facilitating and enhancing the experience of all visitors to our Citizen Power Portal. She knows and understands the inner and outer workings of online environments and understands how people use them. She is skilled at analyzing diverse sets of data and has used her skills to advance the interests of young college women and minority students. At the Campaign, she continues to use her analytical and tech skills to help us provide online training and pave the way for developing Citizen Leaders! Katelyn is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Rutgers University Honors Program.
David Sherwin is a seasoned problem solver. He plants his feet firmly on the ground dealing with quick-changing environments that often require immediate attention, like getting stranded Americans back home from abroad in his work as an Operations Team Manager for a company serving humanitarian and academic organizations. He has an extensive background in operations management, strategic planning, and team building. He is a graduate of Temple University and has a Master’s in Public Affairs and Administration from the Metropolitan College of New York. At the Campaign, he is developing partnerships with our country’s community colleges and introducing Power Civics to over 5,000 political science professors across the Nation.
Carole Dortch-Wright comes to us with a wealth of experience in politics, government, public policy, and public relations. She is a true leader in every sense of the word, having served in various roles for several presidential and gubernatorial administrations. Her roles include that of spokesperson, policy liaison, surrogate, commissioner, trainer, summit organizer, program creator and manager, to name a few. Carole takes great pride in her many talents and strengths, and most especially in public speaking and communications. While at the US Food & Drug Administration, she pioneered and hosted a TV show “In Your Interest” which reached a weekly viewing audience of 6.5 million, and she has been the voice in radio and TV ads for educational campaigns for various other government agencies. Carole received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from New Jersey City University and a Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University. At the Campaign, Carole continues to use her myriad skills to accelerate the work of our chairman, Harry Pozycki.
Rob Horowitz is a political and media consultant who is an expert campaign strategist. He has also been successful in helping gain passage of significant legislation dealing with agricultural, pay-to-play and drug addiction issues. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. As our political strategy guru, he has developed strategies for our Civic Trustees’ advocacy of practical solutions that make their communities better. He knows who and how in the realm of politics, an important skill to have in the world of civic engagement!
Fredrica Morris has a varied and diverse background. She’s served as a legal assistant, paralegal, adult education instructor, ESL tutor, and minister! This broad experience allows her to ably serve as a successful Civic Trust facilitator, working especially with Civic Trustees in Plainfield and Trenton. Fredi strongly believes in training and educating citizens about the power they have, and gives special attention to working with minority populations in our disadvantaged cities.
Evelyn Torres manages our office calendars, schedules and other activities. She’s organized our fundraising events and has produced a special annual event to honor citizen leadership. Her no-nonsense approach has kept us rolling even as we retooled to meet the challenges of the Corona crisis.
Joe Malinconico is Editor of our Paterson Press, an independent, online newspaper we founded in 2010 to serve the City of Paterson. Joe’s journalistic career started at The New York Times, but he came back across the river to his Jersey roots where he worked as a top investigative reporter for The Star Ledger. Joe has won many, many awards both for his personal journalistic accomplishments, as well as for the Paterson Press! If it’s worth covering in Paterson, Joe is on it; his work helps keep Paterson officials accountable to the community they serve.