PLSE Names Phoenicia Wallace Its Next Executive Director
October 1, 2019. Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) announced today that Phoenicia D.W. Wallace has been appointed its new Executive Director. She is the second to hold the post, following Mike Lee, who was one of the organization’s founders and left PLSE to become Director of Legislation and Public Affairs for District Attorney Krasner. She takes office today.
“We are thrilled to have such a well-respected and well-connected attorney join PLSE at this exciting time,” said Ryan Allen Hancock, Chair of the PLSE Board of Directors and one of the organization’s founders. “For many reasons, our society is now very concerned about the fairness of the discretion exercised throughout the criminal justice system, and about the truly horrible, inter-generational damage done by criminal history records to individuals, their families, and whole neighborhoods. PLSE is at the forefront in organizing low-income communities around this crisis, and in advocating for statewide changes to our pardon and record expungement systems. Phoenicia Wallace is well prepared to lead these efforts at the local, state and even federal levels.”
Now in her seventh year of practice, Ms. Wallace was most recently a Deputy Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, serving in the Bureau of Consumer Protection. A life-long Philadelphian who lives in Germantown, her path to PLSE has taken her through the Entrepreneurship Program at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, the Peace Corps in Kenya, the district office of State Senator Anthony H. Williams and the legislative office of City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, and four years as a staff attorney and law clerk within the Philadelphia Court System. For two years, she was the weekly host of “Universally Speaking” on WURD, where she connected community leaders and helped to develop and support the implementation of a consensus agenda for change and progress. Among other things, she serves on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Federal Judicial Advisory Panel for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and speaks Swahili and Spanish.
“I am passionate about public service,” said Ms. Wallace, “and particularly passionate about helping people and communities in the city that I love. I am humbled by the confidence that the Board of Directors has in me, and proud to be asked to follow Mike Lee and Tobey Oxholm in leadership of such a vibrant organization.”
Tobey Oxholm, who had served as interim executive director, will continue with PLSE as the Director of its Pardon Project.