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Sylvia P. Simms, Member

Sylvia P. Simms, Member

Commissioner, SRC

Sylvia P. SimmsAppointed by the Mayor on January 28, 2013, Sylvia P. Simms has dedicated her life to helping Philadelphia’s children through sustained parental advocacy, voicing concerns regarding education equity and volunteer service. In 2009, she founded “PARENT POWER,” a family driven organization focused on protecting the rights of young people and eliminating the academic achievement gap in Philadelphia’s schools. Presently, Ms. Simms works for the Urban Affairs Coalition as a Broadband Adoption Community Liaison where she helps to expand digital access to underserved communities in Philadelphia.  This role is funded through a partnership from Comcast Corporation and was designed, in part, to help spread the word about Internet Essentials, its signature program designed to help close the digital divide for low-income families. Prior to this position, she served as a bus attendant for students with disabilities for more than 15 years as a School District employee. Ms. Simms has been honored by local community organizations for her long-lasting commitment to Philadelphia’s youth and championing for passionate parental involvement at every level. She has sat on the Mayor’s Office of Community Service Advisory Board, has represented the School District on the PA State and National Parent Advisory Council and most recently served on the Superintendent Task Force that selected Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. as the new leader for Philadelphia’s schools. Ms. Simms is the proud mother of two adult daughters and two grandchildren.

Term Expiration: January 2017