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Lansie Sylvia

Advisor Greater Philadelphia Area, US

Project Director for Next Stop: Democracy! and Director of Engagement for Here's My Chance. University of Pennsylvania grad. Very sparkly.

Project Director for Next Stop: Democracy! and Director of Engagement for Here's My Chance. University of Pennsylvania grad. Very sparkly.

9 vouches

Involved In


Philly Give & Get


Capture Greater
Charlotte Cushman Foundation
Valley Youth House
The Spruce Foundation
The Spruce Foundation
Charlotte Cushman Foundation


Project Director Next Stop: Democracy! March 2015 - present
Director of Engagement Here's My Chance January 2014 - present
Founder Philly Give & Get January 2013 - present
Board Member & Communications Committee Co-Chair The Spruce Foundation September 2014 - present
Board Member and Secretary Charlotte Cushman Foundation 2012 - present
Director of Communications The EHL Consulting Group, Inc. May 2012 - December 2013
Director of Development Philadelphia Film Society May 2011 - May 2012
Special Projects Assistant Dignity Housing October 2010 - May 2011
Development Associate The Village of Arts and Humanities September 2009 - May 2010
Resident Teaching Artist Providence CityArts for Youth August 2008 - July 2009
Instructor The Kalakar Trust September 2006 - April 2007
President Rutgers University February 2004 - December 2004


University of Pennsylvania Leadership for Social Change 2010 - 2011
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick Political Science and Comparative Literature 2003 - 2007

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Youth Leadership

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Marketing • Fundraising • Content • Non-profit • Presentations • Communication • Nonprofit • Community Building • Community Engagement • Community Management • Community Outreach • Nontraditional Fundraising • Public speaking

Key Accomplishments

Lansie Sylvia is a tornado of sparkles, curls, and great ideas specializing in community activation, engagement, and social responsibility. She's been hailed as "a ball of energy with a hell of a laugh" and "a national treasure" by her past collaborators. Her favorite things to do are solve problems and improve company culture using collaboration, Post-It notes, and human-centered design.

As Director of Engagement for Here's My Chance, she leads the agency's external communication strategy, works with clients on communication projects, and builds new community partnerships. She currently serves as HMC's Project Director for Next Stop: Democracy!, a public art project improving Philadelphians' voting experience funded by the Knight Cities Challenge via the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Lansie is also the founder of Philly Give & Get, a volunteer-run organization that promotes local nonprofit partners and has raised more than $20,000 to support them via live-auction events. For her work with G&G, she was selected as a 2013 Social Impact Fellow by the University of Pennsylvania and a grant recipient at the 2013 ReGenerate Philly Summit.

Lansie is an award-winning storyteller and frequently presents to groups and businesses. Since 2010, she has held director-level positions in a variety of Philadelphia-based organizations, most recently at the EHL Consulting Group and the Philadelphia Film Society. Before receiving her M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, Lansie completed an AmeriCorps Year of Service in Providence, Rhode Island.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Collaboratively, with a clear chain of command and tons of group accountability.

As an Advisor

I prefer to start off with a one-hour consultation to determine if the partnership is a good fit, plus establish overarching goals and a timeline. This consultation can be conducted either in-person (my preference) or by phone, whichever is best for my client. I also include an additional 30-minute review of any materials they'd like to send me prior to our meeting. That way I'm able to come into the conversation well-informed and ready to hit the ground running!

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Arielle Brousse
They're my school  •  Assistant Director for Development, The Wharton School and Storyteller, Center for Social Impact Strategy. University of Pennsylvania grad.
Lansie has a ton of energy, drive, and focus; she's not only constantly learning and listening, but also constantly finding ways to make con ... nections between the people she meets who are doing great things. There's nothing that makes her happier than sharing what she knows (which is quite a lot!), and bringing people together to put that information to work in the real world. She has built a deserved reputation for herself, for sure, but more than that, she has created community where there was none, and she has managed to orchestrate collective focus toward impact. Creative and patient, she's an ideal advisor, and I am proud not just to have worked and learned alongside her, but to call her my friend.
Kristyn Stewart
We worked together  •  Ph. D. Candidate, Urban Education, Temple University and Facilitation Manager, Adult Basic Education Online, Mayor's Commission on Literacy.
Lansie is enthusiastic, professional, and skilled. She has a fierce work ethic and has been a supportive advisor to me throughout my many ro ... les in the field of education and social justice. She knows what questions to ask to take a project from a dream to a reality. She is someone that everyone wants on their team.
Valerie Johnson, MBA
We worked together  •  Development Officer, Valley Youth House. Drexel grad. Drexel grad.
I first met Lansie a few years ago when she hosted nonprofit roundtable discussions for small groups. She's thoughtful, intelligent, and has ... an ease when speaking to groups both large and small that radiates confidence. My favorite part of working with her on a branding & communications project was watching our skeptical Board members change their tune after hearing her speak. It was incredibly difficult to choose just three areas where Lansie is most helpful, as it seems that she can provide guidance on just about any area within nonprofits, marketing, communications, and social engagement that I can throw at her. Having attended many events coordinated by Lansie, worked with her directly as a client, and watched from afar as she coordinated a large scale advocacy campaign (Next Stop: Democracy, check it out!), I can say with complete confidence that she is one of my absolute favorite people in Philadelphia. I never pass up an opportunity to pick her brain and I always walk away energized and ready to tackle whatever problem she's provided advice on.
Natalie Yurkoski
They're my advisor  •  Sales & Marketing Executive, Health Market Science, A LexisNexis Company. Previously Account Coordinator, Weiss Communications Group.
Lansie Sylvia is all her reputation suggests, plus approachable, authentic, forthcoming with advice and full of ingenious ideas. Any individ ... ual or organization who values these qualities will find her guidance absolutely invaluable. I’ve experienced firsthand her ability to deliver precise external communication strategies, render creative communication projects, and quickly grow new community partnerships. Although, she has an abundance of expertise in the non-profit arena; her large network encompasses various sectors in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Above all her unparalleled work ethic, wealth of knowledge and infectious enthusiasm make Lansie a pleasure to work with and a reliable advisor.
Rudy Flesher
We worked together  •  Previously Philadelphia Coordinator, GivingTuesdayPHL. Previously Community Curator, Here's My Chance.
She is whip smart and asks insightful questions. Well researched, very intellectually curious, and continually learning.
Conrad Benner
We worked together  •  Community Catalyst for "Next Stop: Democracy!", Here's My Chance and Communications Strategist, Independent Contractor.
Lansie is as passionate about the projects she works on as she is skilled at working and leading to accomplish its goals. She's a leader wit ... h focus, and her insights are thorough and invaluable.
Nick Eubanks
We worked together  •  Vice President, Digital Strategy, W.L. Snook & Associates, Inc.. Previously Managing Partner, Factor Media, Inc..
Lansie is a firecracker in the truest sense of the word. Her passion and zeal for her craft is unsurpassed within her extremely competitive ... and political industry. Lansie is a humble leader with a proven track record of engaging her teams and over-delivering on projected results.
Kevin Colahan
They're my current cofounder  •  Co-Founder/CEO, Here's My Chance and Co-Founder, Philly DoGooder. Penn State grad.
Lansie has been instrumental in all of the hats she has worn at Here's My Chance. From strategy to marketing and communications (just to nam ... e a few) within the nonprofit space, she is absolutely amazing at what she does.
Abby Plesser
We worked together  •  Client Development Manager, Here's My Chance. Previously Business Development, Alkemy X. Vanderbilt grad.
Lansie is the real deal. She's an expert in her field with a true passion for her work and her community. She's a dynamic speaker and extrem ... ely connected in the Philly NP space. She would be an excellent addition to your program.

Arielle Brousse
They're my school  •  Assistant Director for Development, The Wharton School and Storyteller, Center for Social Impact Strategy. University of Pennsylvania grad.
Arielle has always struck me as Zen-like in her professional capabilities - she is thoughtful, unflappable, and has deep reserves of knowled ... ge, skill, and poise. Equally comfortable in a room of nervous freshman-year Penn kids as she is in front of billionaire philanthropists, Arielle is one of the kindest and most emotionally intelligent people I've ever met. She has saved my butt more times that I can count and I am incredibly lucky to have her as a project partner, fellow do-gooder, and friend. She is a communication maven and a whiz with the written word. You'd be crazy not to want her on your team!