About our Work

At ECS we speak truth to power – advocating on behalf of those whom we serve. In partnership with our programs and our participants, we engage with legislators and other stakeholders on the state and local level to push for structural changes. The department is outward-facing, fostering partnerships with community organizations and the parishes of the Diocese of Pennsylvania to tackle the root causes of poverty and racism. Advocacy’s strength is in numbers, so join our movement today!

Meet the Team

Victoria R. Bennett, MHS

Overall Leadership of the Department

Victoria joined ECS in 1992 and has served in many capacities throughout the agency, most notably as the senior director of St. Barnabas Mission. At St. Barnabas, Victoria turned the emergency housing facility for female-headed families experiencing homelessness into one of the most respected service providers in the Philadelphia Homeless Services system. Victoria is a graduate of Lincoln University, where she earned her Masters in Human Services. Victoria was named ECS’ first ever Chief Inclusion and Advocacy Officer in 2016 and has since built the department from the ground up. Currently, Victoria oversees the overall leadership and vision of the department. Victoria is active in numerous civic and cultural organizations in the Philadelphia area and serves on the Board of the Black Writers’ Museum.

 

Caroline Dunleavy, MA, MAR

Advocacy Strategy, Federal & Pennsylvania Policy Issues

Caroline has been with ECS for over fifteen years, serving in positions of increasingly greater responsibility. In her current role as Director of Advocacy, Caroline oversees ECS’ advocacy strategy and analyzes federal and Pennsylvania-specific policy issues. She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and German and Lehigh University where she earned a Master of Arts in Government. Caroline later earned a Master of Arts in Religion from United Lutheran Seminary (formerly The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia). An active member of the United Church of Christ, she is an accomplished pianist and organist who serves as a music minister for a local congregation. She has a passion for stained glass windows, conducting research throughout the region, and serves as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ.

 

Kenneth S. Anderson, Esq.

Inclusion, Racial Equity Policy Issues, Judicial Activity, Parish Advocacy

Ken is a native of the Philadelphia area and attended the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and American Studies. He continued his studies and earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Richmond School of Law. After passing the Virginia bar exam, Ken worked on the Voter Protection Team of the Democratic Party of Virginia. Ken returned to Philadelphia to join the IA Department as the Assistant Director of Inclusion and Advocacy. In his role, Ken monitors inclusion and racial equity policy issues, judicial activity, and co-leads ECS efforts for parish advocacy outreach. Ken loves playing squash, golf, and his bass guitar and is active in the community serving on the Germantown Academy Alumni Society Board, the University of Richmond Alumni Association Board of Directors, and the vestry of his parish.

 

Marybeth Taylor, MPH

City of Philadelphia Policy Issues, Voter Registration, Community Engagement

A native of Northern California, Marybeth came to Philadelphia to attend Philadelphia University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology. She continued her education at Drexel University where she earned a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in health policy. Before joining the IA Department, Marybeth served as a mental health case manager, mainly serving unhoused populations and working with community organizations that included the Urban Health Collaborative and ECS’ St. Barnabas Mission. As the Assistant Director of Advocacy at ECS, Marybeth analyzes policy issues surrounding the City of Philadelphia and leads ECS’ voter registration and community engagement efforts. The proud mom of two dogs, you can find Marybeth outside and engaged with her West Philadelphia community.

 

Addie Moritz, MHP

Initiatives Coordinator, Inclusion & Advocacy/Health & Wellness

Addie Moritz is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A proud Blue Hen, Addie is a two-time graduate of the University of Delaware where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Behavior Science and her Masters in Health Promotion (MHP), researching the importance of strong virtues and positive health outcomes. Addie serves as the Initiatives Coordinator for the IA Department and is a dedicated member of ECS’ Health and Wellness Department. Addie, a foodie and a new resident of Philadelphia, seeks to leave no restaurant or coffee shop unvisited.