Philadelphia, PA – Controller-elect Rebecca Rhynhart today announced the leadership of her transition team, which will oversee the transition process as Rebecca prepares to assume office in January. Kellan White, previously Rebecca’s general election campaign manager, will head the transition and manage its day-to-day operations. The transition team will be chaired by Heather Steinmiller, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Conner Strong & Buckelew Companies, LLC, Brigitte Daniel, Executive Vice President of Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc and Richard Vague, Managing Partner of Gabriel Investments. The three chairs will provide guidance throughout the transition and will support White’s efforts to review the current functions and operations of the office, staff the office, plan the inauguration and further familiarize Rebecca and the transition team with current and ongoing projects of the Controller’s Office.
Rebecca’s transition website is now live at www.RebeccaForPhiladelphia.com.
“As the leadership of my transition team, Kellan, Heather, Brigitte and Richard will help me implement the promises I made on the campaign trail as well as help me put together the best team and institute the best practices for the Controller’s Office,” said Controller-elect Rebecca Rhynhart. “I’m thrilled to have their experience, wisdom and skills, and I look forward to working with them over the next couple months so we can begin the work of the Controller’s Office immediately in January.”
Kellan White most recently served as Campaign Manager for Rebecca Rhynhart’s successful general election campaign for City Controller and, prior, he was the Political Director for the Rhynhart campaign during the primary. In that role, he developed and executed the political strategy that led to an upset victory over a 12-year incumbent. White also served as the National Political Director for New Leaders Council, a leading program that trains progressive millennials to create start-ups and run for office. White continues to serve as the Director of the local New Leaders Council Chapter, a role he has held since 2012. Among White’s proudest accomplishments is the creation of the Pattison Leader Ball with his wife Nicole in 2012. The Pattison Leader Ball is an annual event and the first event of its kind in the region, celebrating young, politically-minded and civically-engaged Philadelphians. White was elected President of the Philadelphia Young Democrats in February 2017 and is a member of several boards including Leadership Philadelphia and the Mural Arts Advisory Committee. Also in 2017, White was named one of ‘10 People Under 40 to Watch’ by the Philadelphia Tribune and to City and State PA’s ‘40 under 40’.
Brigitte Daniel is the Executive Vice President of Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc., an African-American privately owned cable operation. For over 30 years, Wilco has specialized in providing affordable cable and technology services to low-income communities in Philadelphia. Daniel is an appointed member of the FCC’s Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a 2011 Eisenhower Fellow, and was recognized in 2016 as one of the “Top Women In Technology” according to the Philadelphia Business Journal. Over the last few years, Daniel has helped create several substantial private/public partnerships that provide innovative solutions to address the digital divide within communities in the United States, and, thus, position Wilco as a digital and broadband leader, specifically working on behalf of disadvantaged communities. Most recently, Daniel participated as a featured speaker at Philadelphia Magazine’s 2015 Think Fest and the 2015 TEDxPhiladelphia, where she addressed various tech issues that included digital equality, universal access, net neutrality, and innovative methods to diversify the Philadelphia technology sector. Daniel is committed to giving back to the community and spends a significant amount of time serving as a Trustee of the Philadelphia Free Library, a Board Director of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and a Founding Board member of the Independence Charter School – West.
Heather Steinmiller is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Conner Strong & Buckelew Companies, LLC, a role in which she oversees the company’s legal and regulatory compliance as well as assists clients with complex insurance claims to ensure they receive maximum possible coverage. Prior to this role, Steinmiller was an in-house employment counsel for a publicly-traded company with assets worth over $49 billion and 15,000 employees. In that role, she provided daily advice on labor and employment matters and served as the company’s first and only in-house labor and employment counsel. Steinmiller began her career as a member of the Employment, Benefits, and Labor Practice Group of Blank Rome LLP. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board and on the Board of Directors of Bancroft. In addition, she is a member of the Forum for Executive Women, a member of the National Advisory Council of First Book and volunteers her time with the Support Center for Child Advocates, representing abused and neglected children. In 2013, The Support Center named her a Distinguished Advocate and, in 2006, the Pennsylvania Bar Association awarded Steinmiller the Annual Pro Bono Award for her exceptional contribution to improving civil legal aid in Pennsylvania. Steinmiller has a B.A. from St. Mary’s College and a J.D. from Villanova University.
Richard Vague is a Managing Partner of Gabriel Investments and the chair of The Governor’s Woods Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization. Previously, he was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Energy Plus, an electricity and natural gas supply company that was sold to NRG Energy in 2011. Vague was also co-founder and CEO of two credit card companies – First USA and Juniper Financial. Vague is a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Penn Medicine Board, as well as a number of corporate boards. He is chair of FringeArts and the University of Pennsylvania Press and is also on the boards of the Franklin Institute, the Museum of the American Revolution, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Visit Philadelphia. Vague has authored a number of articles on the economy that have appeared in the national press as well as The Next Financial Disaster, a book on financial crises.