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Lisa Johnson Nutter

2013 Speaker

Lisa Johnson Nutter is president of Philadelphia Academies, Inc., a non-profit youth development organization that works in Philadelphia’s public high schools to provide career-based learning, college readiness supports and supportive adult networks that motivate young people to stay engaged in school.  The overarching goal is to prepare young people for the 21st century economy and expand life and economic options for these students. Nutter’s diverse professional background includes work in the fields of education, community organizing, human services, community development and arts and culture. Her experience in communities nationally as a practitioner, researcher and consultant shaped her work with youth and belief that education is a central factor in individual and community economic stability.  She is actively engaged locally and nationally in issues related to social change and youth development and presently serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Community Revitalization Project, Big Picture Philadelphia and the Institute for Education Leadership. She also serves on the advisory council for the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. Nutter earned a B.S. in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.  In 2005, she completed a year-long fellowship in the Emerging Leaders Programme which is administered by the Centre for Leadership and Public Values at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and Duke University.  @PhilAcadInc