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

Reginald L. Streater

Reginald L. Streater, Esq.

Board President

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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 Feldman Shepherd as a personal injury, medical malpractice and civil rights attorney. He previously practiced law as a class action and collective action attorney in unpaid wage and employment discrimination matters at a Philadelphia based plaintiffs’ law firm and as a commercial litigator at a regional full service law firm. He also worked 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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Mallory Fix-Lopez

Mallory Fix-Lopez

Vice President

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Mallory Fix-Lopez is currently an Assistant Professor of English-ESL (English as a Second Language) at the Community College of Philadelphia and is an adjunct faculty member in Educational Linguistics at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Fix-Lopez also regularly consults with biomedical research institutions across the United States to support professional development efforts focused on effective science communication for their international researchers.

Ms. Fix-Lopez has been an educator in Philadelphia for more than 15 years, having started her career as an educator in the School District of Philadelphia as a high school social studies teacher. Ms. Fix-Lopez has also worked in the areas of curriculum design and program management, served as a faculty member of education at several local institutions of higher education, and taught middle school in Mexico.

Ms. Fix-Lopez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education History and a Master of Science degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Temple University. Ms. Fix-Lopez lives in South Philadelphia with her husband, Juan, and two children, Santiago (a first grade student at George W. Childs School) and Veda.

Email:
mfixlopez@philasd.org

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Sarah-Ashley

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

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Julia

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

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Leti

Leticia Egea-Hinton

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Leticia Egea-Hinton is a Native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, who experienced many firsts: the first generation born stateside to parents born in Puerto Rico; the first to graduate with a high school diploma; the first bilingual/bicultural female Social Worker in the Philadelphia Prisons; the first Latina to be hired as a Bilingual Social Service Program Analyst; and the first of many other achievements that have kept her grounded in the belief that  achievement is possible from wherever you begin.

Leticia Egea-Hinton attended Chestnut Hill College and earned a B.S. in Psychology:Antioch University and earned an M.A. in Public Administration, and attended the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Master in Social Work. Leticia has had a long career in social services which started in nonprofits working with adolescents and addiction services.  She started her career with the City of Philadelphia in 1982 and worked with the Philadelphia Prisons in a therapeutic community and pre-release services.  Leticia was promoted to the Department of Human Services as a Bilingual Social Service Program Analyst and moved onto Adult Services where she 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, intake services, emergency housing for families and adults, and played a key role in the transformation of the city’s homeless services. She retired in 2015 after serving the City of Philadelphia for 33 years.

Leticia was appointed to the Board of Education in 2018 and continues her service to date. She co-chaired the Finance and Facilities Committee, was co-chair of the Superintendent Search Committee, and presently chairs the Governance Workgroup for the Board.  She was also the Vice President of the Board of Education until December 2022.

Leticia is a former Philadelphia public school parent whose children attended a charter school and traditional public school.  She has three children and three beautiful grandchildren.

Email: lehinton@philasd.org

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Chau Wing

Chau Wing Lam

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ChauWing Lam has extensive experience in education. She previously worked in the School District’s Superintendent’s Office and in the Office of Evaluation, Research and Accountability. She has also worked in the classroom as a math tutor at Lea and the former Drew Elementary School, as an elementary and middle school English teacher abroad, and as a preschool classroom assistant. Until recently, she led Operations for a leadership development organization focused on supporting school leaders. She has also served as a consultant to the Commonwealth on a panel to review and advise on cyber charter authorizations and renewals.

Currently, Ms. Lam is the Operations Director at GVICC (Gun Violence Intervention Coordination Center) which works to expand the capacity, effectiveness and coordination of gun violence intervention programs in Philadelphia. Her drive to ensure opportunity, access and safety for youth stems from her upbringing as an immigrant and the eldest child in a single-parent family struggling to make ends meet.

ChauWing is a graduate of public schools, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a proud parent of a second grader.

E-mail: clam@philasd.org

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Lisa

Lisa Salley

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Lisa Salley’s family tree is loaded with generations of educators who pushed for equal quality education, prior to and since Brown v. Board of Education. She is a product of the Philadelphia Public School System and is a graduate of Philadelphia High School for Girls.

Ms. Salley is a trained and credentialed metallurgical engineer and senior business executive, who currently advises Arduro on its intellectual property, product strategy and commercialization. Arduro is a cleantech, 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 General Electric (GE), Underwriters’ Laboratories, and the American Petroleum Institute. Additionally, she is an angel investor and advises advanced stage start-ups, especially those that close diverse economic gaps.

Lisa has taught growth and risk management in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business program since its inception in Philadelphia and at Babson College.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical and materials engineering and a Master of Science degree in simulation and modeling of manufacturing systems from Carnegie Mellon University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, respectively.

Ms. Salley also sits on the Advisory Alumni Council of the Materials Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University, serves as the Vice President of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and sits on the board of the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center.  She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an avid reader, a chaplain focused on supporting families impacted by dementia, and a genealogist.

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 and help close generational wealth gaps. She believes that all students must have an education that prepares them to be global-minded citizens who embrace technology to live their personal dreams and make positive impacts on society.

Email: lsalley@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 

Joyce

Joyce Wilkerson

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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

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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 006 Meetings.

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Policy Committee Members

Joyce Wilkerson

Chau Wing Lam

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.

This spring, the Board invites rising Sophomores and Juniors to bring student voice to the Board by applying to become a Student Board Representative and/or alternate Student Board 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 10th or 11th 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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De’Naiza Watson

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De’Naiza Watson, serving as a Student Board Representative, is a junior at Science Leadership Academy. Ms. Watson is concerned about racial stereotypes and microaggressions in the classroom and believes that school communities can work together to ensure that students of color are not undermined and overlooked.

“Speaking up about issues and letting people know how their actions make others feel can help, especially in classroom-like settings,” Ms. Watson says.

Cavance Snaith

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Cavance Snaith, serving as a Student Board Representative, is a junior at Constitution High School. Mr. Snaith leads the Voter Registration Club at his school and would like to encourage District schools to register all eligible students to vote so that leaders will take students seriously.

“It is important to me to motivate Philadelphia youth to make informed decisions through voting based on their personal experiences and advocating for the things they are most passionate about,” Mr. Snaith said.

Doha Gassem

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Doha Gassem, serving as the Alternate Student Representative, is a junior at Academy of Palumbo. Ms. Gassem is deeply concerned about student mental health and advocates for more attention and action to help all students manage their mental health effectively.

“I am currently working to bring meaningful action within my school through my website and resources,” Ms. Gassem said. “I think it is crucial to have support such as mental health workshops, peer support groups and accessible counseling services to create a more safe and comforting environment for students.”

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)

Next Application Release: 2024

Council Roles:

  • Act as champions for public education in Philadelphia, supporting District governance by communicating the interest and concerns of public school communities to the Board
  • Take on responsibility to encourage stakeholder engagement and awareness of the decision making process through the hosting of community conversations and other means
  • Be available to attend and participate in monthly PCAC meetings

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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Section of the City: 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.”

Jennifer Fisher

Jennifer R. Fisher

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Section of the City: 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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Section of the City: 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.”

Marilyn Rodriguez

Marilyn Rodriguez

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Section of the City: 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.”

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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Section of the City: 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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Section of the City: Brewerytown

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

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Quibila Divine

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Section of the City: North Philadelphia

“I am humbled to have been selected to the School Board’s Parent and Community Advisory Committee.  My goal is to give credence to the voices of those students, families and community members in our poorer neighborhoods; especially given that Philadelphia has been designated the country’s poorest big city for 20 years.  It is unacceptable that a child’s educational attainment is and has been limited based on zip code.  This is unacceptable and Philadelphia must do better.

Michael Gorman

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Section of the City: 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.”

Elyse Castillo

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Section of the City: Northwest Philadelphia