Who We Are

Board Member Bios

Board President

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.

Email: jwilkerson@philasd.org

Vice President

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.

Email: lehinton@philasd.org

Julia Danzy has dedicated her life to the welfare of Philadelphia’s children. Julia has served as the Deputy Secretary for the Office of Children, Youth and Families in the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare and as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Human Resources for the State of Maryland. She has also served as a Staff Member of Philadelphia City Council and as Deputy Commissioner for Children Services in the Philadelphia Health Department. In addition, as Philadelphia’s Director of Social Services, Julia facilitated the first integrated data system for the City’s Social Service Departments. 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.

Email: jdanzy@philasd.org

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.

Email: mfixlopez@philasd.org

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.

Email: mmccolgan@philasd.org

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.

Email: amciver@philasd.org

Lisa Salley, a graduate of Philadelphia High School for Girls, is a metallurgical engineer and senior business executive, who currently advises Arduro on its intellectual property, product strategy and commercialization. Arduro is a cleantech start-up, materials science company that develops, manufactures and commercializes recycled carbon black. Ms. Salley has spent her career in corporate America leading global strategy and operations in Energy, Specialty Chemicals and Emerging Technologies, which includes officer-level roles at GE, Underwriters’ Laboratories and the American Petroleum Institute. Additionally, she has advised advanced stage start-ups. She holds a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical and materials engineering and a Master of Science in simulation and modeling of manufacturing systems from Carnegie Mellon University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, respectively. Although her career has literally taken her all over the world, Ms. Salley has never lost sight of the community or her desire to create paths that help sustain future generations. She believes that all students must have an education that prepares them to be global citizens who embrace technology to make a positive impact on society.

Email: lsalley@philasd.org

Reginald L. Streater, who believes that public education is not only a civil right but also a human right, is a graduate of Germantown High School and has two children attending a Philadelphia public school. Mr. Streater is an attorney at Berger Montague, PC., in Philadelphia, practicing in the Employment and Unpaid Wage and Consumer Protection groups. He previously worked as an attorney at Archer and Greiner, as a Federal Judicial Honors Clerk for the Honorable Chief Judge Theodore McKee in the Federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and as a Law Clerk/Intern for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. Mr. Streater holds a Juris Doctorate (doctoral degree) from Temple University Beasley School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science and African American studies from Temple University, College of Liberal Arts. As a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Rho Chapter, and executive board member to the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Mr. Streater engages in various community service initiatives. Mr. Streater is also Co-counsel to the Temple University Alumni Association. Mr. Streater’s worldview as a servant-leader has been shaped by the John S. Mbiti quote: “I am because WE are and, since we are, therefore I am.”

Email: rstreater@philasd.org

Cecelia Thompson, a Philadelphia native and longtime special education advocate, is the proud parent of an adult son living with autism who is a recent graduate of the Philadelphia public school system. Ms. Thompson, a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, serves as a Family Interviewer through the University of Pennsylvania under the Philadelphia System of Care and served as a Community Education Outreach Coordinator at the Arc of Philadelphia. Ms. Thompson is the Chairperson of the Philadelphia Right to Education Local Task Force and Secretary for the Governor appointed Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP). She participates as a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education Cyclical Monitoring for Continuous Improvement team, founding and former  member of Parents United for Public Education. Ms. Thompson is a member of  PARENT POWER, an organization for families, a mayoral appointee to the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Philadelphia Autism Project. Ms. Thompson served as one of the first members on the Parent and Community Advisory Council to the Board of Education, is a member of the Special Education Coalition of Advocates and participates on the Promise Zone Housing, Health and Wellness, and Workforce and Economic Opportunity Committees.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in special education at Grand Canyon University. Ms. Thompson believes that families, schools and communities must partner to provide children with a holistic education to help them reach their full potential as productive, innovative, and compassionate leaders in society.

Email: cethompson@philasd.org 

Student Board Representatives

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