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How will voting work during COVID-19? How will this affect the elections? We will answer these questions and much more.

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition (PJC), Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, and all Jewish Federations in the Commonwealth, the Community Relations Council (CRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is hosting a webinar with David Thornburgh, President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, and Kathy Boockvar, Secretary of the Commonwealth, on the changes in voting procedures in the age of Coronavirus and moving forward.

To request an absentee or mail-in ballot for the upcoming 2020 General Primary election occurring on Tuesday, June 2, please apply online.

David ThornburghDavid Thornburgh was named President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy in November, 2014. He came to Seventy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, where he had served as Executive Director since 2008. Prior to Fels, he served as CEO of the Alliance for Regional Stewardship (ARS), a national best practice network of regional leaders. Mr. Thornburgh served as Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia from 1994 to 2006 where, under his leadership, the League became one of the nation’s best regional “think and do tanks”. From 1988 to 1994 he served as Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, the consulting and training arm of The Wharton School’s Entrepreneurial Center, named consistently as one of the nation’s top programs in entrepreneurship. Right after graduate school, he served as Director of Civic Affairs at the CIGNA Corporation in Philadelphia.

Mr. Thornburgh holds a BA in Political Science from Haverford College and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He lives with his wife, Rebecca McKillip Thornburgh, a Wharton MBA turned children’s book illustrator, in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia.


Kathy BoockvarKathy Boockvar has served as Secretary of the Commonwealth since January 5, 2019. In this role, Boockvar leads the Pennsylvania Department of State. The mission of the Department is to promote the integrity of the electoral process, to support economic development through corporate filings and transactions, and to protect the health and safety of the public through professional licensure. The department upholds the highest standards of ethics and competence in the areas of elections, campaign finance, notarization, professional and occupational licensure, charitable solicitation, and professional boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts. Boockvar is an attorney with an extensive background in public interest law and policy, election administration, and nonprofit healthcare administration, and has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she served as senior adviser to the governor on election modernization, leading and managing initiatives to improve security and technology in Pennsylvania’s elections and voting systems, in collaboration with federal, state, and county officials.

In August 2019, Boockvar was appointed to serve as the Elections Committee Co-Chair for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), working with her co-chair and secretaries of state across the country to share best practices and provide the most secure and accessible elections to all eligible voters. In that capacity, she also serves as a NASS representative on the Election Infrastructure Subsector Government Coordinating Council (EIS-GCC). The EIS-GCC is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among federal, state and local officials to secure elections, working to formalize and improve information-sharing and communication protocols to ensure that timely threat information, support and resources reach all election officials so they can respond to threats as they emerge.

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Elections and Voting During a Pandemic Webinar

Thursday, May 21 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


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