Fels Racial Equity and Social Justice Conversation Series - Philadelphia City Councilmember Derek Green

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event Information: 

Please join Fels for a virtual conversation with Philadelphia City Councilmember Derek Green.

In 2015, Councilmember Derek S. Green, Esquire won the Democratic primary for City Council At-Large in Philadelphia by receiving the highest number of votes cast in the election, and, later that year, he was elected as a member of the City Council of Philadelphia. In 2019, he was elected to another term.

As a member of City Council, Councilmember Green chairs the Committees on Finance and Disabilities and serves as the Vice Chair of the Committees on Aging and Law and Government. Additionally, he serves as the Chair of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, President of the Pennsylvania Municipal League, President of the Democratic Municipal Officials, Board Director for the City Trusts, Board Director for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Board Director for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Regional Director for the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.

Before his election, Councilmember Green was the Special Counsel to Councilmember Marian B. Tasco. He also served as counsel to the Philadelphia Gas Commission Chair and the Committees on Finance and Public Health and Human Services. Previously, Councilmember Green served as a Deputy City Solicitor in the Housing and Community Development Division of the Corporate Group of the City’s Law Department.

Additionally, Councilmember Green’s legal experience includes positions as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware (Securities and Criminal Divisions). Councilmember Green is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey. Before becoming an attorney, he was a consumer and small business lender for Meridian Bank. He is also a graduate of the University of Virginia and Temple University School of Law.

Councilmember Green and his wife, Sheila, cofounded the first autism support class at Houston Elementary School to help other autistic children like their son. To aid other families affected by autism, they are a top regional fundraiser for Autism Speaks.

About the series:

The Fels Racial Equity and Social Justice Series, led by Fels alum Matt Stitt, is designed to provide students with a variety of perspectives on how public policy impacts racial equity and social justice. The series will include conversations with elected officials, policymakers, and public sector leaders to examine how policy, legislation, and practice can further racial equity and social justice goals. Fels is proud to offer these important conversations to Fels students and alumni, the entire Penn community, and members of the public.


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