Tom Corbett to Nominate Bill Green and Farah Jimenez to Philadelphia School
confirmation, Corbett to name Green as chairman of SRC
Harrisburg – Governor Corbett today announced
that he will nominate Bill Green and Farah Jimenez to the Philadelphia School
Reform Commission (SRC.) As the governing body of the School District of
Philadelphia, the SRC is responsible for setting the policy direction of the
school district to accelerate the academic achievements of its students.
firmly believe that all students deserve a safe, high-quality education that
will help them succeed,” Corbett said. “Bill Green and Farah Jimenez are strong
civic leaders who share my commitment to putting our students first. I am
confident that they will bring a high level of passion, energy and spirit of
service to support Philadelphia students and perform the critical work of the
School Reform Commission.”
nomination of Green will fill the vacancy created by Pedro Ramos’ departure
last October. Corbett’s nomination of Jimenez will fill the vacancy that will
be created by the expired term of Joseph Dworetzky. Both positions, which
are unpaid, require Senate confirmation and each are for a term of five years.
also announced today that he will name Green as chairman of the SRC after
Green’s nomination to the panel is confirmed.
has demonstrated leadership abilities with a passion for education that will
guide him in his service as Chairman of the SRC,” Corbett said. “We will work
together to ensure a brighter future for Philadelphia students.”
a Democrat Councilman-at-Large on the City Council of Philadelphia, graduated
from Auburn University before obtaining his law degree from the University of
Pennsylvania School of Law. After obtaining his law degree, he founded several
businesses, represented top Fortune 500 companies and start-ups as a corporate
lawyer, and served as president of VistaScape Security Systems. He is currently
Of Counsel at Duane Morris LLP. Green resides in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood
of Philadelphia with his wife, Margie, and their two children.
father, William J. Green III, was a member of the U.S. House, Chairman of
Philadelphia's Democratic City Committee, and Mayor of Philadelphia, and his
grandfather, William J. Green, Jr., was a Congressman and Chairman of
Philadelphia's Democratic City Committee.
William Hite and the School Reform Commission are working to build a system of
public schools that has adequate resources as well as the policies in place for
students and teachers to thrive,” Green said. “I am both honored and
humbled to have the opportunity to join them in their essential work.”
2010, Jimenez has served as the President and CEO of the People’s Emergency
Center (PEC), a comprehensive social services agency that serves women and
children experiencing homelessness, as well as the larger West Philadelphia
community, through housing, case management, and counseling services and five
on-site education centers that develop parenting, life skills, employment,
financial literacy and technology skills.
arriving at PEC, Jimenez spent 13 years at the helm of Mt. Airy USA, a
nonprofit real estate development corporation in Philadelphia’s historic Mt.
Airy neighborhood. As its Executive Director, Jimenez led Mt. Airy USA’s
efforts to transform its neighborhood’s long-blighted commercial corridor into
a dining and retail destination in Northwest Philadelphia. Jimenez graduated
from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1996 with a JD and from the
University of Pennsylvania in 1990 with a degree in History and Urban Studies.
future of our city and region depends upon high-quality schools that prepare
every student for success in the workplace or college,” Jimenez said. “I
look forward to working with the commonwealth, the city and all of our
stakeholders to meet this challenge.”
School Reform Commission is the five-member governing body of the School
of Philadelphia. The commission was established in 2001 when control of the
district was assumed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The governor appoints
three of the members, and the mayor of Philadelphia appoints two of its
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Tim Eller, Dept. of Education,