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Emerging Leaders Circle

Cultural Cabinet Membership for the Next Generation

The Emerging Leaders Circle of the Cultural Cabinet is the next generation of leaders for the arts and cultural sector. The ELC promotes leadership and philanthropy and is an excellent professional development and networking opportunity. 

We come from diverse backgrounds - nonprofit arts and culture, corporate, legal, and government - and will soon assume top level positions in our respective industries. We are united by a common goal of supporting arts and culture in our region at the institutions we love, but also on the collective level through the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. 


  • Two annual networking receptions with the Cultural Cabinet
  • Two ELC networking happy hours annually
  • Lunch & Learn opportunities throughout the year
  • Bring a guest to all events. For a list of events, please visit the ELC Events Calendar


Membership is $300 annually. Click the button below to join. Or download a form for employer sponsorship. 



Current Emerging Leaders Circle Members 

Kathryn Brown
Associate, Duane Morris

Kathy H. Christiano 

Josh Darfler
Biology Department Manager, University of Pennsylvania

Jamie DeAngelis 
Client Service Associate, Glenmede Trust Company, N.A. 

Rachel Dukeman
Partner, Goei Group

Julia Durkin 
Operations Director, Play On, Philly!

Sipi Gupta
Esq., Gupta Law Firm

Erica Hawthorne-Manon
Founder, Small But Mighty Arts 

Megan Helzner 
Associate Dir. of Development, National Museum of American Jewish History

Taja Jones
Associate Director of Development and Membership, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance 

Dan Keith
Vice President, Center City Sales Manager, Republic Bank

Kara LaFleur
Client & Community Relations Officer, PNC Bank 

Adam Lesnick
Executive Director, Orchestra 2001, Inc.

Mark Mills 
VP of External Affairs, The Franklin Institute

Briana Morgan 
Health Planner/Web Coordinator, Office of HIV Planning Philadelphia

Erlina Ortiz 
Artistic Director and Resident Playwright, Power Street Theater Company 

Megan O'Shea
Controller, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Kelli Paul
Vice President of Development, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Jessica Powers
Marketing Manager, Vanguard Group

Matthew Rader
President, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Anita Ranjani 
Founder and Artistic Director, Naatya Seva, Conservatory of Indian Classical Performing Arts 

Donyale Reavis
Managing Partner, Calyx Philanthropy Advisors

Anne Marie Rhoades
Vice President of Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Laurie Rothenberg 
Manager of Member Engagement, Philadelphia Museum of Art 

Kelly Schempp
VP of Audience Development, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Anneliese Van Arsdale 
Project Manager, Fairmount Ventures

Nicole Allen White
Director of Government Affairs & External Relations, Philadelphia Museum of Art

*Bold denotes member of ELC Steering Committee