Fred Pinguel, Executive Director (pronouns He/Him)
Fred Pinguel is the Philadelphia Student Union’s Executive Director. Fred’s organizing began in high-school as a youth member of Asian Americans United, fighting gentrification in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. He then became a member of the Philadelphia Student Union, joining other youth across Philadelphia to support public education reform. After college, he became a staff member of the Student Union, leading several chapters and focusing on leadership development and popular education. He transitioned to CeaseFirePA, a statewide gun violence prevention organization, to help community members advocate for common-sense gun policies in PA. He then moved to the Bay Area to join Filipino Advocates for Justice as the Lead Organizer, where he coordinated organizing campaigns and led the organization’s civic engagement programming.
Fred is a proud Filipino and Philadelphian. He immigrated to the United States with his parents and brother and grew up in the City of Brotherly Love. Fred brings his background as a working-class immigrant, youth organizer and bi-coastal professional to his new role as Student Union’s Executive Director.
Kahdijha Johnson, West Philly Organizer (pronouns She/He/They)
Kahdijha Johnson is the West Philly Organizer at Philadelphia Student Union and is very excited to be apart of the team. She is very passionate about change and believe she can make a difference in Philadelphia School System and her community. She comes from a background of being a Pre-K assistant teacher and coordinated and after school program for the youth ages ranging from three years old to thirteen. She is currently enrolled in school gaining her Child Development Credential. She is a firm believer of the Mahatma Gandhi saying “ Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Josar Jones, Logistics Manager/Program Associate (pronouns He/Him/His)
Josar Jones is a Logistics Manager & Program Associate at PSU. He is also a graduate of Temple University. He is originally from Washington D.C. He has a background in media studies with significant experience in the nonprofit world. He has worked with several nonprofits such as Philadelphia Community Access Media (PCAM) and the Village of Arts and Humanities where he was instrumental in advocating for residents of the North Philadelphia and their communities. He loves to extend learning opportunities to all people of color throughout Philadelphia.
Koby Murphy, Organizer (pronouns He/Him)
Koby Murphy is a Youth Organizer with the Philadelphia Student Union, an alumni of the Philadelphia Student Union, and a graduate of the Philadelphia School District. As a member of PSU, Koby participated in Movement Music, which was a project that aimed to share students experiences through music. As staff, Koby hopes to support PSU by developing leaders and connecting with young people.
Saudia Durrant, Organizer (pronouns She/Her)
Saudia is an Organizer and Communications/ Media Coordinator for the Philadelphia Student Union. The Temple University graduate became politically acclimated while earning her Journalism degree and taking courses in the African American department. She started getting involved with the student movements on campus as well as being a political activist co-chair on the Black Student Union’s electoral board.
While maintaining a full time student school schedule, she also worked at the Philadelphia International Airport as a server, and helped to organize the first unionized contract for food concessions workers in decades. She is committed to using her journalistic skills to develop young people and support them in their transformation as social and political leaders.