Shapiro-Davis Announce Inaugural Committee

Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Austin Davis announced the members of their Inaugural Committee to help plan what they describe as a “dynamic, interactive inauguration.”

The Inaugural Committee will lead the planning and execution of the Shapiro-Davis Inauguration that culminates in the swearing in on January 17, 2023.

The following will lead the Inaugural Committee as Co-Chairs and work closely alongside Inauguration Executive Director Amanda Warren:

  • Incoming First Lady Lori Shapiro, Honorary Co-Chair
  • Incoming Second Lady Blayre Holmes-Davis, Honorary Co-Chair
  • Darren J. Check, Partner at Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP, Co-Chair
  • William Dunbar, Managing Partner at Dunbar Public Affairs & Associates Co-Chair
  • Vanessa DeSalvo Getz, President at SALVO Strategies, Co-Chair
  • Kenneth M. Jarin, Partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, Co-Chair
  • Michele Kessler, Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW Local 1776, Co-Chair


A press release stated that “the leadership and members of the Inaugural Committee reflect the diverse, statewide coalition of support behind the Shapiro-Davis ticket and they will work to ensure the Inaugural celebration is a reflection of all Pennsylvania has to offer.”

See below for the full Shapiro-Davis Inaugural Committee:

  • Philip Ameris, President of the Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania
  • Carolina DiGiorgio, Chief Executive Officer of Congreso
  • Varsovia Fernandez, CEO of PA CDFI Network
  • Jeff Freedman, Co-Creator of QBurgh
  • Kata Himes, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of OB/GYN, University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Shamsul Huda, Trustee to the Board at Bucks County Community College and Board President of the International Festival Foundation
  • Betsy Bechtolt Magley, Principal of Bcauses, LLC
  • Taneise Marshall, Self-Employed Small Business Owner
  • Mollie McCurdy, Retired Lawyer
  • Ruby Mundok, Students for Shapiro Chapter Lead and Millersville University Student
  • Evan Myers, Senior VP of Accuweather
  • Genesis Ortega, Communications Manager for the City of Allentown
  • Dennis Pagliotti, President & Business Manager of Bricklayers Local 1
  • Alison Perelman, Executive Director of Philadelphia 3.0
  • Todd Reidbord, Principal at Walnut Capital
  • Izzy Saler, Director of High School Students for Shapiro and Student at Lower Merion High School
  • Marla Tobe Werner, Co-Founder and CEO of Givver
  • Jill Zipin, Chairwoman of Democratic Jewish Outreach PA


Next up the transition team will announced advisory committees of policy and professional experts, community advocates, and business, industry, and labor leaders to help the incoming Administration prepare to advance Governor-Elect Shapiro’s top priorities: growing our economy, making our communities safer, and ensuring all Pennsylvania students receive a high-quality education

7 Responses

  1. I am hoping there will be a special rate for senior citizen tickets because my significant other and I would like to attend the festivities. He is a disabled Vietnam veteran, and I worked for a combined 25 years for both the PA House Democrats and the PA Senate Democrats.

  2. My significant other and I would like to attend the festivities. We are both senior citizens. I hope there will be a special rate for tickets for seniors to attend. Both of us are lifelong Democrats, and I worked for a combined 25 years for the PA House Democrats and PA Senate Democrats.

  3. I am looking forward to an exciting new agenda for all Pennsylvanians. If I can serve on a committee I would be happy to help.

  4. A very impressive group . If I can be of any assistance on any of these committees I’d love to help .

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