About Us

What We Do

The Board of Education is the governing body responsible for overseeing all policies and budgetary decisions of the School District of Philadelphia. Additionally, the Board of Education serves as the authorizer for all charter schools in Philadelphia. The Board is made up of nine (9) Board Members who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. Board Members serve four-year terms that are co-terminus with the Mayor’s term.

Board members serve collectively in the best interest of every student in Philadelphia. As a collective body, the Board sets clear, aligned goals that drive decision-making and policy-making to foster strategic planning and investments in support of student achievement.

Board of Education Duties:

  • Adopt operating and capital budgets
  • Approve investments that align with the Board’s priorities
  • Appoint and evaluate the Superintendent of Schools
  • Consider the values and voice of all stakeholders
  • Evaluate progress toward the District’s goals
  • Communicate to the public the Board’s priorities, goals, policies, and accomplishments
  • Establish and communicate a process by which to seek public input

Board Members

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Joyce Wilkerson

Board President

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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’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Email: jwilkerson@philasd.org

Leticia-Egea-Hinton

Leticia Egea-Hinton

Vice President

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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 is 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

Sarah-Ashley Andrews

Sarah-Ashley Andrews

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Sarah-Ashley Andrews is committed to educational equity and to helping all the city’s students reach their greatest potential today, so they have a better life tomorrow. She describes herself as a product of North Philadelphia, the public school system and of advocates who fought for her educational opportunities. Ms. Andrews works as a family therapist at TAG Inspires, and previously served as a social worker with Philadelphia Health Management Coalition. In addition, Ms. Andrews founded Dare 2 Hope, a suicide prevention non-profit, serving more than 5,000 students locally and nationally. She is concerned about the “whole child” and advocating for life-changing educational opportunities for all the city’s children. She also serves on the Administration’s Reconciliation Steering committee, which seeks to build a more equitable city for all Philadelphians. Ms. Andrews has also published, “Move Making Monday,” a motivational book about moving forward and living your best life. Ms. Andrews, who attended W.B. Saul High School, holds a master’s degree in Counseling from Lincoln University and a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies with a minor in Human Services from Lancaster Bible College. She also attended undergraduate classes at Bloomsburg University.

Email: saandrews@philasd.org

Julia Danzy

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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 the 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

Chau Wing Lam

Chau Wing Lam

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Chau Wing Lam, a public school graduate and charter school parent, has extensive experience in educational strategy, policy and administration. She previously worked in the School District’s Superintendent’s Office and in the Office of Evaluation, Research and Accountability. Ms. Lam also served on a Commonwealth panel to advise on cyber charter authorizations. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. “Public education is the backbone of our society, and our collective goals for education are much more complex than PSSA and Keystone scores,” Ms. Lam said. “At high-quality schools, children discover passions, integrate learning, resolve conflict, dream big, and most importantly, they matter.” Ms. Lam’s career has been dedicated to ensuring that all young people have pathways to success that do not depend on background or origin. As a Board Member, Ms. Lam draws on her experience in public finance, policy, leadership development and change management. She also advocates “on behalf of children across Philadelphia as if they were my own.”

E-mail: clam@philasd.org

Mallory Fix-Lopez

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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’s and then Master’s 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

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Lisa Salley

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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 Streater

Reginald L. Streater

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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

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Cecelia Thompson

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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 

Board Committees

The Board of Education has constituted and appointed a Policy Committee. This Policy Committee will provide governance oversight of the District’s existing and any proposed policies established by and pursuant to applicable laws and regulations as well as coordination and reconciliation of existing or any proposed policies among any other committees of the Board. More information can be found in Board Policy 004.1 School Board Committees.

View Meeting Materials | Watch Previous Committee Meetings

Policy Committee Members

Reginald L. Streater

Joyce Wilkerson - Board President

Julia Danzy

Cecelia Thompson

Policy Committee Duties:

  • Meet twice during the school year
  • Set and publish meeting dates for the Committee
  • Review and recommend policies for consideration by the Board
  • Review and reconcile any existing and proposed policies
  • Provide reports to the Board, as necessary or as requested by the Board
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the Board

Student Board Representatives

The Board of Education includes two non-voting student representatives who serve in an advisory role by representing their peers. For instance, they voice student concerns with the Board at monthly meetings and report Board deliberations and actions to the student body. They also meet with student groups, initiate important work, such as registering student voters, and have participated in the recent superintendent search.

Every spring, the Board invites rising juniors and seniors to bring student voice to the Board by applying to become a Student Board Representative for the next school year.

To qualify as a Student Board Representative, students must:

  • be a current resident of Philadelphia and attend a Philadelphia public or charter school;
  • be in the 11th or 12th grade during their term as a Student Board Representative;
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher and be in good standing;
  • be actively involved in their school community and willing to work to support Philadelphia’s public schools, on behalf of their peers, on a regular basis;
  • be willing to represent their peers at Board of Education meetings and to communicate student opinions to the Board and report Board deliberations and actions to the student body.

Email: studentboardrep@philasd.org
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Sophia Roach

Sophia Roach

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Sophia Roach is a senior at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, where she is a founding member of the school’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. The committee’s work has led to conversations on identity and curriculum changes, including more diverse reading material. Ms. Roach would like to see students across the School District engaging in conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion that could lead to more educational reform.

“Giving students a voice is the most important thing a school district can do,” Ms. Roach said. “And I would like to advocate for the inclusion of voices from students across the district.” In addition to her work on the DEI Committee, Ms. Roach is the editor-in-chief of The Bullhorn, a district-wide student newspaper; is a STEM intern for the Mutter Museum’s 2022-2023 cohort; and was previously a teen ambassador for the Penn Museum.

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Love Speech

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Love Speech is a senior at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School, where she is enrolled in the The Senior Year Only Program that prepares students for both college and career by connecting classroom learning with the workplace. In this dual enrollment program, she takes all her classes at Community College of Philadelphia.

Ms. Speech believes that student voice is important and would like to improve communication between students, parents and school administrators. She also believes that every student should have access to a quality education. “I want to advocate for all students and give them the best possible chance to succeed and enjoy their educational experience,” Ms. Speech said.

Parent and Community Advisory Council

The Parent and Community Advisory Council  serves as a link between school communities and the Board of Education by promoting city-wide engagement with the Board and the School District of Philadelphia. Council members provide the Board with input and guidance on the interests and concerns of Philadelphia public and charter school parents, caregivers and community members.

The Council is composed of parents, caregivers, community stakeholders, faith-based leaders, former educators and staff members who are dedicated to the children and youth of the School District of Philadelphia.

Email Us: schoolboardadvisorycouncil@philasd.org

Qualifications to Serve

  • A resident of Philadelphia
  • At least eighteen (18) years of age
  • Affiliated with a Philadelphia District or charter school (current parent/caregiver or a community
    member with a demonstrated commitment to supporting public schools)
  • Read the full job description here

Next Application Release: 2022

Council Roles:

  • Connect with diverse stakeholders to obtain feedback on issues critical to the Board of Education
  • Provide feedback by serving as a link between school communities and the Board
  • Act as champions for public education by building relationships, sharing positive news, and acting in the best interest of District and charter schools
  • Promote city-wide engagement with the Board of Education and the School District of Education specific to the Board’s goals and guardrails
  • Host and facilitate community conversation sessions to engage in two-way communication with community members on Board work

Advisory Council Members

Tierra Rich

Tierra Rich

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Section of the City:  West Philadelphia

“As a contractor in Philadelphia schools, I wanted to be a voice for the many families and students I interact with daily. Giving my school communities a familiar face, who will help to engage with the school board monthly gives me hope for healthy dialogue between school officials and school communities. I hope we are all able to enact change for the betterment of our students!”

Christiana Uy

Christiana Uy

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Neighborhood: South Philadelphia

“I chose to join the Parent & Community Advisory Council as a means to merge my desire to give back to the city and my passion for children’s education. Serving on the Council would provide me with that opportunity. I firmly believe that equity is needed to ensure every child has the same opportunities to be successful, safe and happy. Everyone needs a voice, and I look forward to being that voice for my family, friends and neighbors in South Philadelphia.”

Georgia Kioukis

Georgia Kioukis

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Section of the City: Northwest Philadelphia

“I have worked with education-focused and youth development organizations in a professional capacity since moving to Philadelphia over 10 years ago. I was excited to join the Parent and Community Advisory Council because I wanted to become more involved as a parent and community member in working with the School Board and my surrounding school community. I believe when all families are authentically engaged and seen as true collaborative partners with their children’s schools this contributes to high quality education and to transforming educational systems for all students.”

Jennifer Fisher

Jennifer R. Fisher

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Neighborhood: Francisville and Fairmount

“I am honored to be a part of this group. I strongly believe in the village mentality when raising children. I feel that a way to create a stronger village involves; dialogue, communication, advocacy, and equity. My hope is that I can represent my community by being a listening ear and then sharing and advocating. I believe in public school and feels that a strong public school system enhances and improves the community.”

Najmah Ryans

Najmah Ryans

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Neighborhood: Southwest Philadelphia

“I am grateful to both live and serve my community here in the Southwest Philadelphia area. I look forward to doing my part in building a bridge between the Board of Education and the great people in which I support!”

Walette Cater

Walette Carter

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Section of the City: West Philadelphia

“I believe that our children don’t need to find themselves, but need to create what they want to be. This starts at home and school. I want to see all of our children in the School District of Philadelphia succeed. Spreading the word of all things possible at the District and listening to all in our communities & our students in  Philadelphia will be my assignment. Then coming back to the council with facts & information that will help to make our schools the best that they can be.”

Horace Clouden

Horace Clouden

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Section of the City: West Philadelphia

“To help improve the quality of life in families through education. To bring concerns and issues to the Board of Education. Connecting with homes, schools and communities to help provide solutions.”

Orien Smith-Warren

Orien Smith-Warren

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Section of the City: Northwest Philadelphia

“I am an advocate for public education and for our district. It is important to me that every student receive a robust, equitable education. I believe the voices of our students and families are critical in achieving this goal.”

Tracy Saidah Sainvil-Joslyn

Dr. Tracy Saidah Sainvil-Joslyn

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Section of the City: NorthWest-East Mount Airy/Cedarbrook/Stenton

“I chose to join the Parent and Community Advisory Council to pay forward to the community the skills and knowledge that I have acquired in helping develop strong teacher leaders, community action, and home and school connections.  I believe that as an Educator and parent I must be part of the work that will decrease the systematic inequities, within and out the district, to ensure that the SDP is truly supporting a sustainable and healthy future for our scholars.  Our success as a district depends on the involvement of our families and community.”

Jamieka Id-Deen

Jameika Id-Deen

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Neighborhood: Cobbs Creek Section of West Philadelphia

“When the opportunity arose of nomination to the Parent & Community Advisory Council, the decision to serve was one of great appreciation and responsibility. Since the age of 13 years old, I have been actively and vigorously engaged city wide in the effort to inform, enlighten and serve our communities through transparent and inclusive representation. It is my sincerest hope and prayer that through serving on the Advisory Council and actively listening and engaging with our community village, self-empowerment can be gained by promoting values of social justice, equity, sustainability and academic freedom. As stated by our foremother Ella Baker, “we who believe in freedom cannot rest.” I aspire to promote change through our collective efforts and look forward to being a continued servant leader.”

Chandra William

Chandra William

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Neighborhood: Brewerytown

“I firmly believe that a strong education accompanied by a strong village empowers a child to reach their greatest potential.”

Marilyn Rodriguez

Marilyn Rodriguez

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Neighborhood: Fairhill/West Kensington

“I know the struggle our schools are facing and more with this pandemic. In addition, I have also witnessed how the community and families struggle with the district. Especially in our area. Communication has been a big factor. This is why I am proud to serve on this committee and be the voice for my community. I plan on being a supporter to our families and being that agent for change.”

Michael Gorman

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Neighborhood: Center City

“I joined the Advisory Council because I care deeply about this city, and believe that everyone who lives here deserves access to a high-quality education. I want to make sure that this District improves to meet the educational needs of all of its students and families. Our students and their future deserve a strong education, and I want to help as much as I can.”

Quibila Divine

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Neighborhood: North Philadelphia

Elyse Castillo

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Neighborhood: Northwest Philadelphia

Evelyn Reed

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Neighborhood: North Philadelphia

Crystal Green

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Neighborhood: South Philadelphia