Councilwoman Helen Gym
Seated in 2016, Councilwoman Helen Gym is the first Asian American woman to serve on Philadelphia’s City Council. Prior to her election, she spent more than two decades as one of the city’s leading community organizers in the areas of public education and immigrant rights.
As chair of City Council’s Children and Youth Committee, she has won historic investments for public schools, expanded pre-kindergarten programs, and invested in infrastructure safety. She established new city funds to address youth homelessness as well as a legal defense fund for tenants facing wrongful evictions. She is a leading national voice for immigrant rights and is a co-sponsor of a municipal ID card program and a resolution supporting the Adoptee Citizenship Act.
Councilwoman Gym is on the advisory board of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and is national Vice-Chair of Local Progress, a network of more than 600 municipal officials building a national progressive agenda around racial and economic justice and civil rights.
In The News
- 'Take Down the Rizzo Statue': Philadelphia Councilwoman Wants Controversial Former Mayor Removed from Center City, NBC-10, August 15, 2017.
- Philadelphia plan to issue municipal IDs advances WHYY Laura Benshoff November 8, 2017