Miles H. Wilson
Miles Wilson serves as President and CEO of EducationWorks since September 2015. Immediately preceding his post at EducationWorks, Miles served as the Director of Talent & Collaboration and convener of the Great Schools Compact for the Philadelphia School Partnership, a nonprofit organization working to create and expand great schools in Philadelphia. He managed the facilitation and advancement of the Great Schools Compact, to ensure that policies, strategies and resources align to a common goal of providing a high-performing school option for every child. Great Schools Compact was created through a joint commitment of Philadelphia’s education leaders and school providers – including Mayor Michael Nutter, PA’s state Secretary of Education, the School Reform Commission, Superintendent William Hite and charter school leadership. In collaboration with Compact members, he led the development, launch and growth of PhillyPLUS, a nationally recognized selective principal residency program. Since 2013, the program has trained over 100 leaders for district, charter and private schools and was recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors as a best practice to increase school leader effectiveness and diversity.
Prior to PSP, Miles served as Regional Director for the Mid-Atlantic for the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF). A leading community development financial institution (CDFI) with over $80 million in assets, NFF has provided over $287 million in loans and access to additional financing via grants, tax credits and capital in support of over $1.4 billion in projects for thousands of organizations nationwide. NFF also provides finance consulting and advocacy for a diverse range of nonprofits and funders. As regional director, Miles was responsible for strategically building relationships with partners in philanthropic, corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors.
Previously, Miles served as Executive Vice President of People’s Emergency Center and Regional Vice President at Community Education Partners, an education organization that operates grade 6-12 schools that provide academic and behavioral support programing for students to improve academic outcomes and reduce dropout rates. Currently, Miles serves as a founding Board member of the Fellowship (Black Males in Education Convening) and advisory committees for Bryn Mawr College’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute and Jounce. Miles also serves on the board of the Children’s Scholarship Fund and Inner Explorer. He has also recently joined the Greater Chamber of Commerce for Philadelphia’s Roadmap for Growth Action Team. Miles is a graduate of Lincoln University and holds a Master’s in Education Leadership from Arcadia University.
Director of Strategic Innovation, PowerCorpsPHL
Julia currently works to hone the PowerCorpsPHL model and expand its impact by leading the development and implementation of new initiatives. In her previous role as Deputy Service Officer for Mayor Nutter’s Office of Civic Engagement & Volunteer Service, Julia co-founded PowerCorpsPHL and built out partnerships and pathways to success with and for young people most affected by our systemic failures. Prior to PowerCorpsPHL, Julia served as a SERVE Philadelphia AmeriCorps VISTA and then staff member with the Mayor’s Office of Education, where she coordinated and grew an initiative to engage parents and families as partners in their children’s education. Born and raised in Philly, Julia has worked for over 15 years as an educator, coach, and community organizer. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Temple University, was named a White House Champion of Change in 2015, an Echoing Green Finalist in 2016, and was part of the inaugural, global cohort of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy’s Executive Program.
Chief Advancement Officer
Jacquie Patterson has over 15 years’ experience in fundraising and nonprofit management. At Northern Children’s Services and in earlier positions with The Reinvestment Fund, People’s Emergency Center, PathWaysPA, and Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, she was responsible for developing, fundraising, and managing projects that resulted in positive outcomes for low-income individuals and communities. It is her understanding of project management and implementation, and program metrics that has given her the skills to both explore partnerships with corporate and nonprofit entities, and build sustainable projects. Jacquie holds a Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s in Public Administration from New York University. She was awarded a Clark Fellowship for her graduate studies. She is also a graduate of the NonProfit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College.
Jamil Rivers is an innovative financial management professional with over fifteen years of experience in leading finance teams in a variety of business sectors. Prior to her position as Controller, Jamil served at the helm of leadership in roles such as Finance Director and Divisional Controller. She is a proven change agent and leader and has provided financial advisory, financial analysis and accounting management to financial restructurings, distressed organizations and acquisitions. With a strong knowledge of budget, finance, analytics, grants management and compliance, Jamil has been responsible for multi-fund budgets as high as $800 million. Jamil’s current focus is to provide students and educators with the revenue support and financial information that are essential for learning and achievement for a high quality and equitable education, and equally important, providing leaders with the reporting tools necessary for critical decision making and strategic planning. Jamil received a Master of Business Administration from Arcadia University and a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from University of Southampton.
Chief Operating Officer
Tanya Ruley-Mayo has more than ten years of experience implementing, managing and evaluating educational programs. Tanya has supported educators at the state and local levels in developing focused strategic plans to close achievement gaps among their students through program and fiscal management, policy advisement, and organizational and professional development.
Tanya has had direct responsibility managing staff, contracted services, building stakeholder relationships and ensuring the effective use of more than $85 million in federal grant funding to assist public schools improve the quality of their academic and youth development programming. Tanya received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Johnson C. Smith University and her Master’s of Education in Educational Administration from Temple University.
Executive Director, PowerCorpsPHL
Lisa Varon has extensive experience in program development, evaluation, public policy community engagement, training and professional development.
Lisa’s experience includes active participation in the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Model’s for Change, systems reform in Juvenile Justice initiative, and oversight of many adult education and workforce services initiatives. Lisa is a recent alumni of the Aspen Institute’s Workforce Sector Skills Academy fellowship program and trained facilitator in the Sector Skills Academy Curriculum.
Lisa’s areas of expertise include, Adult Education and Workforce Development, Community based programming, and Adult and Juvenile Justice/Reentry. Lisa holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and a certificate in Global Cultures from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Director, Learning and Impact
Tiffaney Waters is a dynamic and thoughtful leader. With more than 15 years experience in the Behavioral Health and Education sectors, Tiffaney had dedicated her career to ensuring the betterment of underserved children and families in the city of Philadelphia.
As Director of Learning and Impact, Tiffaney draws on her years of experience in federal grants management, compliance monitoring, strategic partnership and staff development to enhance EW’s in-school and out-of-school time programs.
A native Philadelphian, Tiffaney is inspired by the many diversities of the city as well as its vibrancy and passion. Tiffaney received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Temple University and her Master’s of Education in Multicultural Education and Curriculum Design from Eastern University.