Angela McIver, Board Secretary and Chief Executive Officer
Angela McIver, a national leader and advocate for Fair Housing for all. Angela joined the Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania in 2007 as Executive Director, and by 2013, she was promoted to Chief Executive Officer and elected Board Secretary. In 2016, Angela was appointed to the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Last year (2018), she was elected to the board of the National Fair Housing Alliance. The second Monday of each month, Angela delivers housing commentary on the radio show Turning Life Corners on WPPM 106.5 FM, a program of PhillyCam. She was also featured on KYW News radio, WURD 900 AM, Praise 107.9 FM, PBS News Hour, and Reveal.
Angela has over 26 years of experience and specializes in developing institutional and organizational networking, community partnerships, and coalitions affecting adults and youths. Her former professional roles include: Executive Director of Enough Is Enough, Inc., Court Administrative Officer III (Resource Coordinator) for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Pretrial Services Division; Administrator for the School District of Philadelphia Office Secondary Education; and Case Manager and Counselor in behavioral healthcare settings at earlier times in her career. She has also served on the Philadelphia Forensic and the Philadelphia Ex-Offenders task forces; served as Vice-Chairperson and then Chair of the Montgomery County Advisory Council to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; volunteered on the Health Committee of City Lights and on the Executive Committee of the Black Male Development Symposium.
In addition to everything else Angela is co-founder of Women Cultivating Women, an association that serves to strengthen intergenerational relationships among women and empower women and girls from various socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds on social and gender specific issues. She volunteers with several community and grassroots organizations and will advocate or operate as a broker of human services for anyone who expresses the need. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Willow Grove Branch of the NAACP Humanitarian Award for Community Service.
Angela’s mass media skills proceed her, as she has produced the two-time award winning independent film, Life Isn’t Fair, and in 2018, she created and released an independent docuseries entitled, Memoir of a Home, a short biography featuring residents and a historical account of their address and community.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from Pennsylvania State University. She also earned a Master of Social Services and a Master of Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College.
Sterling Johnson, Director of Enforcement
Sterling Johnson is the Director of Enforcement at the Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania (FHRC). He is responsible for oversight of FHRC’s investigations into housing discrimination.
Sterling has had experience organizing around tenant’s rights and supporting people with disabilities in the City of Philadelphia. He holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations from American University, a Masters degree from George Washington University in Geography and a Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of Law.
Karléh Wilson, Testing Coordinator
Karléh Wilson grew up in small-town Louisiana where she was surrounded by the farm lands of her ancestors. After the Civil War, Wilson’s ancestors purchased the land that they were forced to toil, and set up a homestead for the future generations of Wilsons. Wilson grew up with stories of her parents’ experiences during the 70’s and 80’s, the years that integration was enforced in the deep South. Her ancestors’ victories and her parents’ experiences during the Civil Rights Era are her main motivators today.
As a student and young adult, Wilson has worked as a grass-roots organizer to tackle political issues such as: immigration, police brutality, Flint’s water crisis, mass incarceration, and indigenous sovereignty. Her article about the metaphysics of racist naming practices on college campuses was published in the Boston Review in 2016. Wilson graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy after writing her senior thesis on Racial Contempt.
Karleh joined the Fair Housing Rights Center as a volunteer in 2017 and eventually became the Testing Coordinator for the organization. She loves her investigative role at the center, admittedly calling it “truth finding” in an era of fake news and misleading headlines.
Chandra Palmer, Education & Outreach Coordinator
Chandra Palmer, a native of Philadelphia is a seasoned professional human services advocate with 25 years’ experience assisting people with meeting their needs. Her former professional roles include: Drug & Alcohol Counselor for Genesis II., an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment program, Foster Care Social Worker for Episcopal Community Services, monitoring children in the system and finding adoptive families, a former Child Advocate Social Services worker for The Support Center for Child Advocates, representing children in dependency and criminal courts and a Work Force Advisor for PA CareerLink West, assisting clients with obtaining training and employment before joining FHRC.
She earned the reputation as a strong advocate in the legal and medical communities. Chandra is a graduate of Temple University where she earned a BA in Criminal Justice.
She was trained as a rental tester before joining the organization full–time as the Education/Outreach Coordinator for Fair Housing Rights Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania.