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Joyce S. Wilkerson, Chair

Joyce S. Wilkerson, Chair

Chair, SRC

Joyce S. WilkersonJoyce Wilkerson serves as senior advisor for community relations and development at Temple University working to strengthen and expand the university's relationship with its North Philadelphia neighbors.

A Cleveland native, Wilkerson started her career in Philadelphia as an attorney representing public housing tenants with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

She went on to spend six years at the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, where she worked closely with then-Councilman John Street on housing issues in North Philadelphia. In 1992, when Street became City Council president, Wilkerson joined his staff.

She continued to work as Street’s chief of staff when he became mayor in 2000 and played a major role in the development and oversight of his signature program, the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, the turnaround of the Philadelphia Gas Works and the coordination of work throughout government.

More recently, Wilkerson served as executive director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. For two years she led efforts to restore the historic city’s neighborhoods after Hurricane Katrina.

Wilkerson has served on a number of boards and is currently a member of the boards of directors at the Merchant Fund, Scribe Video Center, Project Home and the Committee of Seventy.

Wilkerson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.