Reggie Shuford Executive Director, ACLU-PA
Reggie Shuford became Executive Director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania in September 2011. Prior to joining the ACLU-PA, he served as the director of law and policy at the Equal Justice Society (EJS), a national strategy group heightening consciousness on race in the law and popular discourse. From 1995-2010, Reggie served as senior staff counsel in the national ACLU’s Racial Justice Program. During his tenure there, he helped to pioneer legal challenges to racial profiling practices nationwide. He was the ACLU’s chief litigator in challenges to racial profiling, leading national litigation efforts and consulting with ACLU state affiliates and others in cases of “driving while black or brown,” airport profiling, and profiling related to the war on terror. Reggie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina’s School of Law in Chapel Hill, where he was his graduating class president. In 2009, he received the Law School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Reggie is a former Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow and received the 2014 Minority Business Leader Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal and the 2014 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the William Way LGBT Community Center. In 2015, Reggie was selected as a CBSPhilly GameChanger, named Diverse Attorney of the Year by the Legal Intelligencer, and received the Philadelphia Business Journal’s LGBT Business Advocate Award. He is the recipient of the 2016 Living Legal Legend Award from Penn State Law’s Black Law Students Association and Multicultural Undergraduate Law Association. Reggie also received the 2016 David M. Rosenblum GLBT Public Policy Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Rights Committee and was named one of Philadelphia’s Most Influential African Americans of 2016 by the Philadelphia Tribune.
Dr. David E. Thomas Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Dean, Division of Access & Community Engagement, Community College of Philadelphia
Dr. David E. Thomas is Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Dean, Division of Access & Community Engagement, Community College of Philadelphia. Dr. Thomas has been with the Community College of Philadelphia for six years and is currently the Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Dean of the Division of Access and Community Engagement. In this role, he fosters a culture of excellence in program development, implementation, and outcome assessments for literacy programs, K-16 partnerships, workforce programs, experiential and service learning and other programs in alignment with the College’s strategic plan. Prior to this, Dr. Thomas served as the Director for School Support Services at Victory Education Partners in New York, NY; was a Career Counselor in the Office of Career Development Services at Temple University; and was a Behavioral Therapist for the Intercultural Family Services and Devereux Foundation. Dr. Thomas has been the recipient of service and leadership awards from GEAR UP, YouthBuild USA, BMe, League for Innovation in the Community College, National Principals Leadership Institute and Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School, among others. He has served on Advisory Councils for Project HOME’s Honickman Learning Center and the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology, among others. Dr. Thomas is a founding board member for the Urban Passage in Alexandria, Virginia a current board member of YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School and serves as the Philadelphia Lead Higher Education Representative for President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiatives.