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Mayor's Office of Engagement for Women

Philadelphia Commission for Women

Our mission

The Philadelphia Commission for Women works to improve the lives of Philadelphia’s women, girls, and individuals who identify as female. In addition to advising City government on matters of public policy, the commission hosts public forums on issues that impact women. Topics have included:

  • Wage equity.
  • Education.
  • Violence against women.
  • Sexual harassment.
  • Entrepreneurship.
  • Economic development.

Ten members of the commission are chosen by the Mayor, while the rest are selected by members of City Council.


City Hall
Room 115
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Work Phone:


Jovida Hill, Executive Director

Karen Bojar, PhD

Kashmere Brooks-McCoy

Dawn Chavous

Kadidja Cisse

Erinn Corbett-Wright

Susan Crosby, Esq.

Charlita Davis

Vanessa L. Fields

Marleny Franco, MD

Aleida Garcia

Laurel Grbach

Felicia Harris

Lisa Holgash

Farzana Rashid Hossain, MD

Movita Johnson-Harrell

Lois (Soon Chun) Kang

Doreen Loury, PhD

Noelle Marconi

Danielle McDermond

Keiwana McKinney

Aasta Mehta, MD

Valentina Rosario

Julia Katz Terry

Nina Tinari

Tiphanie White

Tonie Willis


  • Annual Reports: The Philadelphia Commission for Women (PCW) annual report details the progress PCW has made in policy advocacy and strategic partnerships to address the year’s priorities.
  • Women and Reentry: A snapshot of national and local data and a spotlight on efforts in Philadelphia compiled in 2017 by the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition.
  • Maternal Mortality in Philadelphia: The aim of this report is to describe the current state of maternal mortality in Philadelphia and to highlight the Philadelphia MMRC’s recommendations to reduce it.
  • Shared Safety Philadelphia: Shared Safety is a coordinated community response to domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, and reproductive coercion in Philadelphia. It offers a citywide blueprint for more effective identification, intervention, and prevention of relational violence.
  •  2022 Housing Resource Guide: The Division of Housing and Community Development’s Housing Resource Guide is an extensive overview of housing and housing-related services in Philadelphia.