Vicki Ellis, Executive Director
Vicki has held various positions in the District since 1999 – always working with partners who provide a range of supports to students.
Prior to working at the District, Vicki was a social worker on the HIV/AIDS multidisciplinary team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She also served as the Educational Coordinator at Youth Service, Inc.
Vicki received her Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She counts her social work training and longstanding involvement with her neighborhood school as critical in her understanding of what makes schools and communities work.
Ayana Lewis, Esq., Assistant Director
Prior to joining the District, Ayana worked as a litigation attorney at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP, where she also represented abused and neglected children as a volunteer child advocate. Prior to attending law school, Ayana served as program coordinator and retention specialist for the Harlem Children’s Zone’s (HCZ) College Success Office. At HCZ, Ayana worked to develop retention programs for at-risk students to ensure their successful integration into, and graduation from, higher education institutions.
In 2012, Ayana earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as well as a certificate in cross-sector innovation from UPenn’s School of Social Policy & Practice. While in law school, as Community Liaison of Penn Law’s Leaders in Education Advocacy and Reform Network (LEARN), Ayana developed a special education awareness program for parents of children with learning disabilities. She received her B.A. in sociology from Spelman College in 2006. Ayana and her husband Michael Lewis spend much of their free time chasing after their spunky, fearless four-year-old daughter, Zala Lewis.
Severin Tucker, Assistant Director
Severin is a proud native of Philadelphia and has been working in the fields of education and youth development since 2008. Severin grew up in East Falls and attended Germantown Friends School (Class of 2005). He then spent a four-year stretch in North Carolina, where he attended Davidson College. While there, he developed a love of outdoor activities, like whitewater canoeing and rock climbing. Upon graduating, he began work at the School District of Philadelphia. Severin recently completed graduate work at The Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR). Outside of work, Severin loves to play music and clean up after his 4-year-old pit bull (“Ellie”) with his wife Amanda.
Severin’s work in OSP focuses on serving as a liaison between school-based out-of-school time (OST) programs, schools and the central office. He also works extensively with the data used by the office in partner matchmaking and strategy.
Anjela Alvarado, Partnerships Manager
Anjela Alvarado has an extensive background serving the Greater Philadelphia region through a variety of non-profit organizations including Junior Achievement, The Enterprise Center and The Marriott Foundation. Her experience includes recruiting early literacy volunteers to serve as reading coaches, training high school students living with disabilities to enter the workforce, and coordinating large scale volunteer events to serve local schools, shelters, and other non-profit agencies. Anjela graduated from the Fox School of Business at Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She later continued her studies at Temple earning a master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on Community and Policy Arenas.
Anjela has partnered with the District in many of her prior roles so she is happy to bring her work full circle by joining OSP. As a Philly native and Girls’ High alum she is proud to continue her work increasing access to opportunities for students in the region. In her spare time Anjela enjoys spending time with her 2 high-spirited daughters, her husband, and her doggie. When she finds the time she’d like to finish some of the many books in her library, learn to become a better cook, and take dance lessons.
Marianna Sann, Program Coordinator
Born and raised in south Philadelphia, Marianna is committed to embracing her story as a first-generation college graduate and daughter of refugees. She is a product of the Philadelphia School District, with a proud background as an alumna of Central High School (Go 273!) and G.W. Childs Elementary School. Marianna spent much of her youth participating in various school-based partnerships like the many connected to OSP, to which she attributes as a big factor in her academic success and desire to serve the Philadelphia community.
Prior to joining the office, she was an undergraduate student studying Journalism at Temple University, where she was also a Resident Assistant and Administrative Assistant at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for three years. Her time at Temple reaffirmed her desire to stay in the city in hopes of assisting students like her gain access to higher education. During her spare time, she likes to paint, go dancing, and practice cooking traditional Cambodian dishes to reconnect with her culture.
Katja Krieger, VISTA Fellow
Katja Krieger is our AmeriCorps PHENND VISTA Fellow. Katja grew up in State College, Pennsylvania and is happy to be exploring another part of PA; Philadelphia. She received a B.A. from Ithaca College in Culture and Communications with a concentration in Education, Research and Policy. Both her communications and education coursework have served as lenses emphasizing the significance of cultural identities and multimodal communications in education and policy. She hopes to apply her skills derived from her coursework as well as experiences creating mentorship and after-school programs to her work in Philadelphia. Ultimately she strives to be an active listener, advocate, and voracious reader. Some day she hopes to get a graduate degree in education policy, teaching or law.