A lifelong Philadelphia resident, Kyle Shenandoah is an avid community advocate striving towards equitable urban development, improved transportation infrastructure, and economic empowerment. As Vice President of the Grays Ferry Civic Association, he has spearheaded several successful large-scale job fairs in partnership with multiple organizations in South Philadelphia and dedicated his social media presence to share employment opportunities & job readiness programs throughout the city. In 2017, he co-founded The Tasker Morris Neighbors Association to share with residents about ongoing urban development projects and educate his community about local zoning & housing issues. In June 2018, Kyle along with residents from the community were successful in advocating the new SEPTA Bus Route 49 which would connect his South Philadelphia community to job hubs and health resources in University City and Suburban Station; a historical first for the residents of Grays Ferry. With input from his neighbors, communication with local nonprofits, and outside independent study, Kyle compiled a list of recommendations addressing gaps of need, effective urban development, and active resource allocation for the community in a plan called Grays Ferry 2022. For his work, he received notable accolades including a mayoral citation, several city council citations, congressional recognition, and a gubernatorial commendation from PA Governor Tom Wolf.
Officially, Kyle sits on the board of multiple organizations in Philadelphia including: NExT Philadelphia of The Urban League of Philadelphia, SEPTA Citizen Advisory Committee, SPECTRUM Health Services Inc, DVRPC Public Participation Taskforce, and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful. His leadership and advocacy also earned him a two-year appointment on the Mayor's Philadelphia Millennial Advisory Committee. In May 2018, Kyle was elected as a 4-year terms as a member of The Democratic State Committee in the 8th Senatorial District and Committeeperson in the 36th ward.
Recently, Kyle has been nominated as a finalist for the 2019 Philadelphia Social Innovations Awards in Policy & Systems Change for his leadership and work towards urban infrastructure and transportation.