Sharif El-Mekki

Founder
Center for Black Educator Development

Sharif El-Mekki is the principal of Mastery Charter School–Shoemaker Campus, a neighborhood public charter school in Philadelphia that serves 750 students in grades 7-12. From 2013-2015, he was one of three principal ambassador fellows working on issues of education policy and practice with U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan.
El-Mekki himself was a finalist for the prestigious Ryan Fellowship, he served on Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Commission on African American Males, and he is a fellow with America Achieves. El-Mekki is also a founding board member and secretary of the David P. Richardson Jr. Institute for Leadership and Civic Participation.
El-Mekki holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and gained his master’s degree and principal certification from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania



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