The North Central Special Services District (NCSSD) is led by a board of directors and funded by founding sponsor Temple University. The nine-member board comprises individuals familiar with and invested in the prosperity of the district community. Five of the seats are held by North Philadelphia residents and four are held by Temple University representatives with expertise in safety, community relations, student behavior and facilities.

The board members’ diverse backgrounds and perspectives enable them to collaboratively advance the mission of the NCSSD. Their experience encompasses more than three decades of public safety, two decades of leadership in higher education and over two decades of community engagement including work in the local elementary schools. 

Board members: (back row, left to right) Andrea Swan, Valerie Harrison, Milton Pollard, Charlotte Savage, Kenny Turner; (seated) Joan Briley, Estelle Wilson, Kay Thompson, Capt. Eileen Bradley
2021 North Central Special Services District Board Members
Joan Briley (President)Community Representative1500 block of Norris Street
Valerie Harrison (Secretary)Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance, Temple
Milton Pollard (Chaplain)Community Representative1800 block of Bouvier Street
Kay Thompson (Treasurer)Community Representative2200 block of N. Carlisle Street
Captain Eileen BradleyCampus Safety
Andrea SwanCarver High School parent, Temple University Community Affairs
Charlotte SavageCommunity Representative1500 block of Page Street
Herb ReidCommunity
Kenny TurnerNorth Philadelphia resident, Temple

Tara Miller, the executive director of the NCSSD, oversees the management of the district operations and reports directly to the board. Several members of the district’s board will advise Temple University’s Board of Trustees committee on community relations. This committee also includes representation from the West Side Neighbors, Yorktown and the Diamond Street Corridor.

This coalition of resident, business and organizational partners is dedicated to serving the proudly diverse North Central Philadelphia neighborhood. "By building and strengthening connections among all residents, local businesses, landlords and Temple University we can promote a cleaner and safer community respectful of all individuals living in the area," says Miller.