Chairperson of the New Americans Caucus for the Pennsylvania Democratic State Party
Murat Guzel is a successful small business owner, married with two beautiful daughters. He has his company headquarters in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley where he also lives.
He immigrated from Turkey, to pursue graduate work in 1986. After earning an engineering degree from the prestigious in Ankara, Turkey, he worked for a few years in the fast-growing wireless electronics industry. He did graduate work at Lehigh University and Washington State University. He then decided to start his own business and to chase his American dream.
Based on his own experiences, Murat firmly believes that a strong education, fighting poverty, and proper nutrition can change lives. He now sponsors many high school and college students with scholarships so they can have an education to follow their own dreams.
He is a philanthropist and is quietly working with Pennsylvania elected, appointed, and non-profit leaders on innovative mentoring and empowerment programs for inner-city middle school female students under the SHE Program and working with the award-winning Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley.
He follows the principles of the Founders not only in business matters, but through his approach to civic engagement. He is a bit disheartened that so few Americans participate in the political process but hopeful that through community involvement this will change. Murat has worked to bring more new Americans into the political process and to educate elected officials about the importance of engaging naturalized citizens. His vision is for a day when American voter turnout is near universal.
Murat is a people person. He is able to build relationships and make connections between people, creating partnerships and alliances and motivating forward momentum to “get things done”. In fact, he is often invited to make speeches to reflect his passion for America and energize people in organizations.
Perseverance and creativity guide Murat Guzel as he consistently seeks new challenges and ways in which he can better the lives of his neighbors in Pennsylvania and other states. As for the Keystone State, Murat hopes that his work in Pennsylvania will influence activism and involvement nationwide. His opinion columns about these values are regularly published in Pennsylvania papers which he hopes will serve as an inspiration to others.
Vice Chair of the New Americans Caucus for the Pennsylvania Democratic State Party
Pamela Janvey, a native of Pennsylvania, has an extensive and varied background of civic and professional experience. Highlights of her long record of activism include:
- Member of Board of Directors of Livengrin Foundation for Addiction Recovery
- Commissioner at Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission
- Third Vice President of Bucks County NAACP
- Member of PA Democratic State Committee 1986-Present
- Recording Secretary PA Democratic State Committee 2010-2014
- Served on Governor Wolf”s Drug and Alcohol Transition Team
- Former Member Bucks County Planning Commission
- Former Member Bensalem Township Planning Commission
- Former Member of Bensalem Township Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee
- Former School Director, Bensalem Township, PA
- Former Member Bucks County Children & Youth Advisory Council
- Former Member Bensalem Youth Aid Panel
- Former Member Freedom Fund Banquet Committee, Bucks County NAACP
- Accounting Supervisor, (2003-2010) & Sr. Accts Payable Specialist/Bookkeeper, (1991-2003) Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission
- Fifteen years of experience in the real estate industry as an acquisition specialist and property manager
Treasurer of the New Americans Caucus Democratic State Party
Kamran Siddiqui is an Information Security professional with over 25 years of experience in the industry.
He immigrated from Pakistan to pursue education in 1985. He obtained his engineering degree from University of California. Kamran has worked in various industries from IT to Oil and Communication to Banking industries as a computer professional.
Kamran moved to Lehigh Valley in 2005 and has been actively involved in various community outreach efforts, including soup kitchen, community garden, supporting refugees, helping the less fortunate and assisting in establishing dialogue with various faith groups. He has also served at the local Islamic Center as a President.
Secretary of the New Americans Caucus Democratic State Party
Sandy is a long-time member of the Democratic State Committee. She brings an abundance of knowledge on party processes and procedures.
Sandy has been active in the Northampton County Democratic Committee, particularly in the Democratic Women’s Federation.
She is by trade an educator and specialized in gifted education. Sandy has also taken part in many large projects initiated by the Easton Mayor’s office as a grant writer.
Staff, New Americans Caucus for the Pennsylvania Democratic State Party
Naomi Winch is a lifelong resident of the Lehigh Valley. Born to two politically-minded parents, Naomi learned to protest and stand up for her beliefs at an early age.
Naomi has been a stay-at-home mother for the past 13 years. She and her husband, Jeremy, are raising three sons as well as foster children. She loves being a mother.
She started her leadership career during the Obama ’08 campaign as a Co-chair of Whitehall, Coplay and Catasauqua for Obama, she trained volunteers to phonebank and canvass, and she managed a staging location.
Naomi was the Emmaus Staging Director for the Bernie Sanders Campaign in the spring of 2016.
Naomi served as the Emmaus Staging Director for the Hillary Clinton Campaign during the summer and fall of 2016.
Naomi has been on the board of two preschools. She was on the vestry of her previous church for three years. She is a founding member of a local charter school and a former cooperative preschool, both with a major focus on the environment.
Presently, Naomi is the President of the East Penn Democratic Club, which organizes throughout Lehigh County. She and her executive board are driving Democratic Committee innovation: creating a bi-county data team, partnering with graphic designers to offer steep discounts to candidates, offering speech workshops for candidates, providing opportunities for volunteer training, providing monthly lectures to enhance member civic and issue based knowledge, working with resistance groups to promote issue-based initiatives, partnering with the PA Democratic Party to infuse volunteers with professional talents, and more. The East Penn Democratic Club also volunteers in traditional capacities such as canvassing for GOTV and conducting phonebanks. The East Penn Democratic Club has been featured nationally on the Minority Report Podcast
Naomi was a speaker at the Bethlehem Women’s March on January 21st 2017. She was recognized as the Lehigh County Democratic Committee volunteer of the year in April 2017. Naomi participated in a panel discussion at PA State Committee June 2017 on the topic of getting Progressive and Democratic Groups to work together. She was also quoted in the Economist September 21st, 2017 in an article by Jon Fasman, titled Left, behind.