Kendrick Davis currently serves as the Director of STEM Initiatives in the Mayor’s Office in Philadelphia. In this role he oversees the US2020 STEM Mentoring Initiative, coordinates the city’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) efforts, and helps to support, connect, and amplify STEM activities and initiatives happening in Philadelphia. Formerly, Kendrick managed STEM programs at the School District of Philadelphia for two federally-funded Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Grants; he also coordinated the contracts and compliances processes for both grants. Additionally, he established the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics program in Philadelphia and organized STEM competitions, symposia, and professional development opportunities for teachers. Kendrick also served as the Research Director for the National Society of Black Engineers Public Policy Special Interest Group (SIG). He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Temple University, a master’s degree in robotics engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently enrolled in a dual degree program pursuing a master of law and Ph.D in higher education.
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Phil Brooks is a native of Philadelphia and attended Girard College High School. He then attended American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts where he received his B.S. in Biology. Returning to Philadelphia he joined the education based AmeriCorps program City Year Philadelphia where he served as a Senior Program Manager and led over 200 18-24 year old young adults in full time volunteer service. After a 10 year commitment to City Year, he joined the Mayor’s Office of Education as the US2020 Program Manager of STEM Initiatives. Phillip now oversees the function of the US2020 STEM mentoring efforts for the city in the Commerce Department’s Talent Development Unit.
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Tess Mailey is currently a Program Assistant Fellow within the Talent Development Unit. She is a recent graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During her time at Temple, she interned with four nonprofit organizations including Baytree Centre in London, A Woman’s Place in Doylestown, Dress for Success Philadelphia, and facilitated STEM programming with Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
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