For their “Best of Philly” issue, Philadelphia Magazine selected a Penn Law alum and an incoming 1L for their list of “The Best Philadelphians” under 40.
Best Renaissance Man: Ben Stango, 25
It’s hard not to like Ben Stango, the bubbly, articulate Merion native, Yale grad, do-gooder and Democratic committeeman who’s dedicated to seeing Philly live up to its potential. After consulting with the likes of David L. Cohen, Paul Levy and Rich Negrin — those he hopes to emulate — the United Way campaign program manager heads to Penn this fall for a joint penn-jd-mba. He’ll be mayor — if not president — someday.Best Politico: Jennifer Kates, 34
A onetime white-collar lawyer turned fierce advocate, the senior aide to Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez is a force within City Hall, fighting for change and hurdling bureaucracies like a civic superhero. Kates played a major role in crafting the city’s rewrite of the tax delinquency law and in setting up the new land bank, where she has been named a member of the inaugural board. Her mantra: “Persistent effort in the face of seeming hopelessness.”