Vanessa Garrett Harley, Esq. oversees several City agencies in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, including the Office of Violence Prevention, Office of Criminal Justice, Office of Reentry Partnerships, Philadelphia Department of Prisons, and the Department of Licenses and Inspections among others. She also works closely with the Police and Fire Departments as both are part of the public safety cabinet.
Garrett Harley provides direct oversight of the Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities (the Roadmap); the City’s comprehensive strategy for gun violence prevention and reduction. The Roadmap uses a public health approach to violence prevention which relies on science and data to better understand the problem and allocate City services to respond and intervene. Deputy Managing Director Garrett Harley also co-chairs the Executive Level Roadmap Implementation Team with the Police Commissioner.
Previously, Garrett Harley was the Chair of the Social Services Group in the Philadelphia Law Department. In that capacity, she managed the Child Welfare Unit, the Health and Adult Services Unit and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Unit. Garrett Harley joined the Child Welfare Unit in 2002 and was promoted to Divisional Deputy City Solicitor in 2003 and ultimately to Chair in 2007. Prior to working in the Child Welfare Unit, she was a Deputy City Solicitor in the Major Trials Division of the Claims Unit of the Law Department.
In October 2010, Garrett Harley assumed the position of Deputy Commissioner of the Children and Youth Division in the Department of Human Services. In August 2014, Garrett Harley was appointed as the Commissioner of DHS. A lifelong Philadelphian, Garrett Harley is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a dual major in Government (Public Administration) and Sociology; she received her Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law.
Theron Pride leads the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), which is responsible for implementing strategies and initiatives to prevent and reduce violence in Philadelphia. The OVP coordinates resources across multiple City agencies, including law enforcement, workforce development, education, and health and human services.
Pride previously served as a senior policy advisor and special counsel on justice initiatives in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.
During the Obama Administration, Pride held several positions at the U.S. Department of Justice. He led several high-profile federal initiatives to reduce violence and improve the welfare of children, youth, and families across the country.
With a background in social work and social services, Shondell Revell had dedicated his life to serving youth, young adults, and families in Philadelphia.
As the executive director of OVP, he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the City’s investments in anti-violence programs across multiple departments.
For 10 years, Shondell served as the executive director of the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP), an initiative to reduce homicides that focuses on high-risk young people.