Who We Are
Joyce Wilkerson has an extensive career in public service. She most recently served as a mayoral appointee and Chair of the SRC, where she oversaw milestones such as the creation of a new teachers’ contract and the return to local control. Joyce started off in Philadelphia as an attorney with Community Legal Services, and later served as Chief of Staff to Mayor John Street. She helped to stabilize the Philadelphia Gas Works and chaired the board of the Philadelphia Housing Authority. She is currently a member of the board at the Merchant Fund, Scribe Video Center, Brandywine Workshop and Committee of Seventy. Joyce earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Leticia Egea-Hinton was the first in her family to earn a high school degree and to graduate from college. She attended Chestnut Hill College and Antioch University, and earned a Master in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Fluent in English and Spanish, Leticia has specialized for 28 years in homeless services, having served as the Director of the Office of Emergency Shelter and Services and as Director of the Office of Supportive Housing. During this time, Leticia oversaw the early development of transitional housing and the transformation of the city’s homeless services. She has served as an advisory board member at PHMC/Care Clinic and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a board member of Trinity Health/Nazareth Hospital. Leticia is a former Philadelphia public school parent. She is currently an adjunct professor of social welfare at Alvernia.
Ameen Akbar, a Philadelphia native and graduate of J. R. Masterman School, is a learning and development consultant who has dedicated his career to youth development. Philadelphia’s public schools have been a driving force in his life, and Ameen believes in the transformative power of education, having witnessed how students and communities thrive when offered resources and opportunities. Ameen worked for 14 years at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School where he served in various roles providing student case management, mentoring and leadership opportunities to returning out-of-school youth. While at YouthBuild, Ameen also led the program’s redesign to successfully introduce a restorative approach to school climate and an overall philosophy for organizational culture. Ameen’s career also includes community work at Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center, social services work in the juvenile justice system and coaching men’s basketball at Penn State Abington. Ameen received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, and he continues to work directly with youth as a facilitator in a boy’s leadership program and as a high school basketball coach.
Julia Danzy has dedicated her life to the welfare of Philadelphia’s children. She has worked in the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare, Philadelphia City Council, and has served as Deputy Commissioner for Children Services in the Philadelphia Health Department. Julia attended Howard University and earned a Master in Social Work from Columbia University and a Master in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mallory Fix Lopez is an educator and a small business owner, who is committed to supporting neighborhood schools. Mallory has lived in Philadelphia for 15 years, after moving here to pursue a Bachelor and then Master degree in Education. During her graduate work, she studied Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and concentrated in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Education. Mallory began her career in Philadelphia schools as a teacher of social studies and English as a second language, and today she is a full-time faculty member at the Community College of Philadelphia where she specializes in ESL. She has worked to organize job skills training for local immigrant restaurant workers. Mallory has been an active member of Neighbors Invested in Child’s Elementary, supporting G.W. Child’s Elementary where she plans to send her child in the next few years.
Lee Huang has now lived in Philadelphia for more than 26 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the Wharton School of Business and a Master in Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government. He has worked at The Enterprise Center and currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Principal at Econsult Solutions, a Philadelphia-based economic consulting firm. He has served on the boards of Community Design Collaborative, Sustainable Business Network for Greater Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, and Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. His service on advisory boards includes the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, and Urban Affairs Coalition. He lives in University City and has three children, all of whom attend or will attend Philadelphia public schools.
Maria McColgan’s career has always centered on children and education. Her experience as a teacher in Philadelphia public schools helped shape her passion for learning and education. As a Child Abuse Pediatrician, Maria has provided medical care for thousands of vulnerable children, first at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children where she was the Medical Director of the Child Protection Program, and now at the CARES Institute and Cooper Hospital where she serves as Fellowship Director. A graduate of Philadelphia public and parochial schools and Temple University, Maria is the proud parent of two current charter school students.
Angela McIver is a former middle school math teacher with 25 years of experience working with students in urban settings. Her work with low-income students as Director of the Upward Bound Math/Science program prompted her to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied urban middle school students’ numerical reasoning. Angela is the founder of Trapezium Math Club, a research-based program which over the past 10 years has helped children build strong foundational math skills through engaging after-school programming, Angela also has a degree in History from Hampton University, and a Master of Teaching and Learning from Temple University. Angela has lived in Philadelphia for over 25 years and lives with her husband and 3 children – who attend Penn Alexander School and Central High School.