Morgan Cephas is a native of West Philadelphia and has worked tirelessly building her community, block by block. A product of Philadelphia Public Schools, Morgan spent her teenage years as a volunteer at several summer programs for underprivileged youth, while actively participating in student athletics. At an early age, Morgan realized that a community that offers safety, job security, and access to quality education and recreational activities is key to ensuring a young person’s success. Growing up, she watched many of her peers fall victim to gun violence, drugs and poverty. While mourning those losses, Morgan began to understand over time the importance of adequate resources and strong leadership when building healthy communities.
After graduating high school, Morgan went on to college and majored in Political Science. Upon graduation from the University of Virginia, Morgan joined the staff of 4th District Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., where she worked tirelessly for over 6 years bringing resources to residents of the District. As Deputy Chief of Staff, Morgan helped ensure the families in the District were able to live, work and play in thriving neighborhoods. Morgan secured over $3 million to revitalize area commercial corridors; oversaw $6 million of improvements to upgrade recreation centers; and assisted in securing funds for improvements to local schools. Morgan also focused on empowering area civic organizations, Block Captains and seniors by providing city services, resources and over $1 million in Philadelphia Activity Grants.
Recognizing the need to find larger sustainable solutions for constituents, Morgan authored and ushered the passage of various legislative bills including the Philadelphia Internship Tax Credit which provided paid internships to high school and college students, and created amendments to the Education Housing District provision that penalizes property owners violating occupancy laws in residential areas. Additionally, Morgan has led the fight for local job creation by incorporating Economic Opportunity Plans in area construction projects, notably student housing on the St. Joseph University Campus.
Expanding her experience beyond the walls of City Hall, Morgan joined the team at the Philadelphia Youth Network to focus more on increasing the education and workforce opportunities available to Philadelphia’s most vulnerable youth. During her time with the non-profit, Morgan was successful in helping to secure over $3 million additional dollars to support the WorkReady summer youth jobs program; close to $1 million to support the design and implementation of education and career pathways for youth; and worked alongside national organizations to shape the development of federal legislation dedicated to workforce development training programs for Philadelphia youth.
Not only has Morgan dedicated her career to serving her District and providing resources, she is consistently involved in various volunteer efforts. Presently, Morgan serves as a Board Member to the African American Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Village of Champions Youth, Inc. She also serves as an Advisory Committee Member of A Place Like Home Adult Daycare Center and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Additionally, Morgan also regularly organizes and hosts various programs, including anti-violence basketball tournaments, Back-to-School book bag drives, toy drives, community movie nights and turkey giveways every Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“I Am Ready To Lead On Day One……Together We Will Renew The 192nd Block by Block” - Morgan Cephas