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.