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Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr., Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman

Dr. Goode is CEO and Board Chairman of Philadelphia Leadership Foundation (PLF), Director and organizer of the nationally acclaimed Amachi Program, a national faith-based mentoring model for children of incarcerated parents. Because of his innovative and ground-breaking work, in 2006 he received two prestigious awards: the Civic Ventures $100,000 Purpose Prize, and the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Citizen of the Year. He is an ordained Baptist Minister with 54 years of service at the First Baptist Church of Paschall located in southwest Philadelphia.

Dr. Goode has served as an officer in the U. S. Army. He also led ground-breaking work in faith-based housing for low and moderate income persons.  He was the first African American member, and later became Chairman, of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.  He again broke racial barriers with his appointment as Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia.  He would follow that as the City’s first African American Mayor for two terms.  He subsequently spent 7 years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education under the Clinton Administration.  He left that position in 2000 to help organize the Amachi program, which is now his ministry and life’s work.

Dr. Goode has earned degrees from Morgan State University (BA), the University of Pennsylvania (MA), Eastern Baptist [now Palmer] Theological Seminary (D. Min.), and fourteen honorary doctorates.

Dr. Goode is Chairman of the Leadership Foundation of America, PLF, and Self, Inc., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to homeless men and women. He is a Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast PA, and previously served as the Chairman. He is also a Board Member of America’s Promise Alliance, Eastern University, Palmer Theological Seminary, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Cornerstone Christian Academy, Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School, Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc., and Partners for Sacred Places.  He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternities.

Dr. Joseph Meade, Ph.D, President & Chief Operating Officer
Joseph Meade (PLF) is President and COO of the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation where he has served since 2005.  He has spent thirty years as an administrator in public education in fields such as research, program evaluation and program management.  He was the critical staff person responsible to the Philadelphia Superintendent of Schools when the district launched its first formal Communities of Faith and Schools partnership in the late 1990’s, and coordinated the district’s first national conference on Faith Based and Public School Partnerships in 1999. He also developed and managed the majority of volunteer based programs for the School District from long term opportunities for community and student volunteers to one day special events. Prior to his community based work at the school district, he coordinated the Title One programs there.  Dr. Meade has published widely in educational administration, and served as a public speaker, radio and television show host in a variety of contexts. He has also served in a number of oversight positions for community groups such as the Wissahickon Boys and Girls Clubs, the Christian St. YMCA, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Philadelphia. Dr. Meade completed his undergraduate studies at Lincoln University, and holds advanced degrees in education from Temple University (M.Ed.) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ed.D.).  He is an active layman at the Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, in Philadelphia.

Rev. Dr. H. Dean Trulear, National Director, Healing Communities

Harold Dean Trulear is Director of the Healing Communities Prison Ministry and Prisoner Reentry Project of the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation. Designed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Healing Communities has been implemented in over 20 sites nationally, in partnership with such organizations as the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Christian Association for Prisoner Aftercare and the National Women’s Prison Project. Dr. Trulear is an ordained American Baptist minister and serves as Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Howard University, where he is also president of the Gamma of DC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.He is on the pastoral staff of Praise and Glory Tabernacle in Southwest Philadelphia. He also serves as a Fellow at the Center for Public Justice in Annapolis, MD.He has taught religion, public policy and community studies in several institutions, including Yale University, the University of Southern California, Hartford Seminary, Eastern University and Vanderbilt University.His research interests include religion and culture, the church and domestic violence, and religion and criminal justice.From 1998-2001 he served as vice president of faith based initiatives at Public/Private Ventures, in Philadelphia, having come to P/PV from New York Theological Seminary, where he served six years as dean for first professional studies.

A graduate of Morehouse College (BA) and Drew University (PhD), Dr. Trulear has authored over seventy published monographs, articles, essays, sermons and reviews, including African American Churches and Welfare Reform (Center for Public Justice) and Faith Based Initiatives with High Risk Youth (P/PV. His edited volume, George Kelsey: Unsung Hero was published by the Andover Newton Theological Seminary in honor of their storied alumnus who was Martin Luther King’s mentor and academic advisor at Morehouse, and he has co-edited Ministry with Prisoners and Their Families: The Way Forward, with W. Wilson Goode and Charles E. Lewis. His writings on religion, culture and political affairs have appeared in PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, the Center for Public Justice’ Capital Commentary and Prism: America’s Alternative Evangelical Voice.

Dr. Trulear has served as a consultant to a number of organizations concerning faith based community development and outreach, including AEL Laboratories (Charleston W. VA), the Leadership Center of Morehouse College, Mahoning Valley (Ohio) Council of Churches, Churches Active In Northside (Cincinnati, OH), the University of Delaware, Tuskegee University, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, the Pew Forum and Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. He is a member of the Society for the Study of Black Religion, the American Academy of Religion, the Christian Association for Prisoner Aftercare, the Correctional Chaplains and Ministries Association, and the Faith and Spiritual Affairs Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disabilities Services.