Here’s Who’s on Philadelphia’s Brand-New Board of Education

The nine members will oversee Philly schools — and their roughly $3 billion budget — starting on July 1st.

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Major news for Philly schools: Mayor Jim Kenney announced the city’s new Board of Education on Wednesday morning.

The nine-member board will oversee Philly schools — and their $3 billion budget — starting on July 1st.

Kenney selected the members (who will not be paid for the position) from a list of 45 potential nominees, who were chosen by a 12-member nominating panel. When the Board of Education takes over this summer, the state-run and hotly-contested School Reform Commission will cease to exist. The move will allow for more local control of Philly schools.

Here’s who will oversee Philly schools starting on July 1st:

Joyce Wilkerson

Wilkerson, senior adviser for community relations and development at Temple University, previously served as chair of the School Reform Commission. Wilkerson has worked for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and has served as chief of staff to Mayor John F. Street. She served as executive director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority after Hurricane Katrina. Wilkerson attended the University of Pennsylvania and earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Christopher McGinley

McGinley, an associate professor at Temple University, was a member of the School Reform Commission in 2017. He has worked as a teacher, principal and administrator with the School District of Philadelphia, as well as superintendents of both the Cheltenham School District and the Lower Merion School District. McGinley led Lower Merion during a controversial time when several lawsuits were filed against the district, including over a controversial redistricting plan.

Julia Danzy

Danzy has worked in social services for more than three decades, including in the city health and welfare departments for former Mayor John F. Street. She previously served as a deputy commissioner of the city health agency. Danzy received a Master in social work from Columbia University and a Master in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Leticia Egea-Hinton

Egea-Hinton has worked in Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services/Adult Services, Office of Emergency Shelter and Services, and most recently as assistant managing director for the Office of Supportive Housing. She also served as an advisory board member at PHMC/Care Clinic, is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a board member of Trinity Health/Nazareth Hospital. She attended Chestnut Hill College and Alvernia University and received a Master in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Egea-Hinton is a bilingual speaker of English and Spanish.

Mallory Fix Lopez

Lopez, an instructor at the Community College of Philadelphia, has taught and volunteered in Philadelphia public schools for both social studies and English-as-a-second-language programs. She has also taught at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. Lopez recently served as the ESL director at the Garces Foundation. She has lived in Philadelphia for 15 years.

Lee Huang

Huang, senior vice president and principal at Econsult Solutions, has served on the boards of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia Advisory Board and the Urban Affairs Coalition Impact Development Roundtable Committee Leadership. He earned a Bachelor of science in economics at the Wharton Business School and a Master in public administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. His children attended (and are still attending) the Penn Alexander School. He has lived in Philadelphia for more than 26 years.

Maria McColgan

Maria, who works in the Pediatrics Department at Cooper University Hospital, has taught at three public schools in Philadelphia. She has served on the boards of the PA Children’s Trust Fund, Philadelphia Academy Charter School and Prevent Child Abuse (of which she was the founding chairperson). She received a Bachelor of arts and Master in education as well as a medical degree from Temple University. She is a mother of two.

Angela McIver

McIver, the CEO and founder of Math Foundations LLC and Trapezium Math Club, holds a history degree from Hampton University, a Master in education from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served on the board of the University City Arts League. She has taught in the Norristown Area School District. McIver has lived in Philadelphia for 25 years and has three children who attended public schools in the city.

Wayne Walker

Walker, founder and president of international business consulting firm Nell Partners, Inc., has previously worked at the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware, where he served as senior counsel in the Securities and Bankruptcy group. He has served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of National Philanthropic Trust, the Board of Directors of BridgeStreet Worldwide and the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity International. He has also served on the board of Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia. Wayne has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Catholic University and a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University.