2nd District / Philadelphia City Council

LAUREN VIDAS

Lauren is running to be your next City Councilwoman because as Philadelphians the time has come to expect more and demand better from our elected leaders.

 

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She’s running because she believes that a 26% poverty rate is morally unacceptable, that the City must focus on both the ​quality and ​quantity of jobs, and that your zip code shouldn’t determine whether you receive a quality education or have clean streets.

Lauren has over a decade of experience working in and around Philadelphia City Government. As a legislative aide for City Council, she successfully sued Mayor Michael Nutter to prevent the closure of numerous city library branches during the Great Recession. She was then hired by the same Mayor Nutter to serve as an Assistant Finance Director, where she worked on a diverse array of policy issues related to taxation, pensions, and the city’s overall financial health.

Lauren is also a community activist, entrepreneur, and municipal finance expert.

As Pennsylvania’s statewide Voter Protection Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign, she fought for fair and equal voting access for all Pennsylvanians. Lauren has worked in the private sector as well as a co-founder of a public strategies firm that represented higher education institutions, community and commercial development corporations (CDCs), nonprofits, as well as small and large business owners throughout the region. Lauren most recently worked with financial advisory firm PFM to lead a national strategy for providing municipalities and government entities with financial, budgetary and management guidance.

A committed do-er and change agent, Lauren is a longtime and active volunteer.

She served as Chair of the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA); helped found the Stanton Community Partners; founded and ran the nonprofit beer festival Bloktoberfest; and was a member of the Philadelphia Land Bank Board of Directors. Currently, she serves as a board member for both the Christian Street YMCA and the Dad Vail Regatta. Lauren resides in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of South Philadelphia with her dapper Puggle, Alfred and her new rescue puppy, Louie. If elected, Lauren would be the first openly LGBT member of Philadelphia City Council.

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

POLITICAL RESUME

Serves as Legislative Aide
to Philadelphia City Council

2010

Appointed Pennsylvania Voter Protection Director
for the Obama campaign

2013

Named Policy Committee Co-Chair of
Kenney for Mayor Campaign

2017

2008

Hired by Mayor Michael Nutter and
appointed Assistant Finance Director

2012

Co-founded public strategies firm

2015

Joins Public Financial Management

Expect More. Demand Better.