Honorary Chairperson and Co-Chairs

Honorary Chair

DJ Murtha

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Co-Chairs

Sharmain Matlock-Turner : President, and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition

Sharmain Matlock-Turner

Sharmain Matlock-Turner is the President and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition. She began her tenure at the Coalition in March of 1999, with a special distinction as the first woman to lead in the organization’s 47-year history. The Urban Affairs Coalition, formerly GPUAC, unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the region. In partnership with a diverse Board of Directors, made up of business, nonprofit and community leaders, Ms. Matlock-Turner and her team of managers and more than 500 employees create partnerships and build consensus to help families reduce poverty and reach the middle class. Ms. Matlock-Turner is founder and chair of the eighteen-year-old West Oak Lane Charter School. Ms. Matlock-Turner has received numerous awards recognizing her hard work and commitment to families and communities. Over the past few years, she has been the recipient of the Valley Youth House Community Achiever of the Year Award, Take the Lead Award from Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and she has received the Citizen Volunteer of the Year Award from the United Way of Southern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Prior to being named President and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition, Ms. Matlock-Turner was associate vice president, legislative and community affairs for Mercy Health System and AmeriHealth Caritas. She served as a staffer in the PA House of Representatives and Philadelphia City Council.

Henry Nicholas: President, District 1199C, National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, AFSCME, AFL-CIO (Philadelphia Local)

Henry Nicholas

In 1957, Nicholas was hired as a Health Care Worker at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, and in 1959, he led the campaign to organize his co-workers into what was then Local 1199 of the Drug and Hospital Employees Union. That year Nicholas also played a key role in the big 1199 strike which eventually led to union contracts for thousands of New York City hospital employees. From 1959 to 1961, Nicholas was active as a volunteer, rank and file organizer for Local 1199, and in 1961 he was hired as a full-time organizer by the Local. In 1964, he was named Director of Organization for New York and in 1969, when the union set up the 1199 National Organizing Committee, Nicholas was named its Assistant Director. In that role Nicholas led hospital worker organizing campaigns in Pittsburgh, Ohio and Detroit, and also led the 113-day hospital strike in Charleston, South Carolina, which drew national attention as a major landmark in the struggle for Black civil rights. Henry Nicholas is now the President of District 1199C, National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, AFSCME, AFL-CIO (Philadelphia Local). Over the years, Nicholas emerged as a national spokesman in the struggle for preserving quality patient care, opposing economic cutbacks in health care and insensitive health care reimbursement policies and programs. In addition to his activism in the labor movement, Nicholas is also widely regarded as one of the most influential black political leaders in the state of Pennsylvania. He has served on numerous governmental commissions and bodies by appointment of elected officials, including the Governor’s Commission on Health Care Cost Containment, the Governor’s Task Force on Taxation and the Pennsylvania Statewide Health Coordinating Council. He is the recipient of many awards and citations from national and local organizations. He has also been cited by numerous churches, social organizations, political organizations and labor groups.