We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of our leader, Miles H. Wilson.
For nearly a decade, Miles was the face and the heart of our organization, a driving force whose service in support of at-risk children and young adults positively impacted thousands of lives across the city of Philadelphia. At the same time, Miles oversaw the growth of EducationWorks to become a leading voice for out of school-time programs and PowerCorpsPHL, the AmeriCorps service program administered by EducationWorks for the City of Philadelphia.
Our prayers and deepest sympathies go out to his family and the legion of friends and colleagues who, like all of us, will miss him dearly.
Miles Wilson served as President and CEO of EducationWorks beginning in 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.
Miles also served 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 served on the board of the Children’s Scholarship Fund and Inner Explorer. He was a member of the Greater Chamber of Commerce for Philadelphia’s Roadmap for Growth Action Team. Miles was a fellow of The Pahara-Aspen Fellowship (Summer 2018 cohort) which seeks to strengthen and sustain diverse, high potential leaders who are reimagining public education. He was a graduate of Lincoln University and held a Master’s in Education Leadership from Arcadia University.Back to about page