Patti Santelle Appointed Committee of Seventy Board Member


Patti SantellePartner and Chair Emeritus Patti Santelle has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Committee of Seventy. She will serve a three-year term and be eligible for reappointment at the end of that term. 

The Committee of Seventy is an independent, non-partisan civic leadership organization that advances representative, ethical and effective government in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania through citizen engagement and public policy advocacy. Founded in 1904, it is led by a Board of Directors made up of some of the region’s most respected business, legal and civic leaders. 

White and Williams has a long history of actively supporting the Committee, having partners serve on its Board and assisting in programs to support its goals. As Managing Partner of the firm, and in other positions before that, Patti personally participated in events run by the Committee. As a member of the Board of Directors, she will continue to do so as well as participate in policy committee meetings, during which the Committee of Seventy makes decisions on project work and deliberates on the issues and positions on which the organization will take a stand, and join other standing committees.

“I have long admired the important work of the Committee of Seventy,” said Patti. “I am proud and excited to join the Board and look forward to making a meaningful difference in the City of Philadelphia and beyond.”

Patti is Chair Emeritus of the Firm. For seven years, as Managing Partner and Chair of the Executive Committee, Patti was responsible for carrying out the strategic plan and policies of the firm, overseeing the management of the operations of the firm and such other duties and responsibilities as are typically associated with being a chief executive officer. She is recognized by her clients and peers as a leading attorney in the field of complex insurance coverage and has devoted more than 30 years to the representation of insurance company clients in matters involving asbestos, environmental, toxic tort and long-tail claims, which has resulted in recognition in the field of insurance in Chambers USA; Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Who’s Who in America.

In addition to her new position with the Committee, Patti is an inaugural member of the Corporate Council of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP); Co-Chair of the Large Firm Management Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association; a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Large Firm Management Committee; Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Rutgers Law Alumnae Network; and President of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May Sailing Foundation. Among other awards, this past year, she was recognized as the Distinguished Alumni of her law school, Rutgers. 

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