Kelly Siegel McGinnis, MSW, LCSW


Kelly Siegel McGinnis joined Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) as a Stoneleigh Foundation Emerging Leader Fellow. Kelly worked with PCCY's education colleagues to help advance the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBS) within the Philadelphia School District.

PBS is a nationally recognized approach for establishing the social culture and individual behavior supports needed for schools to be effective learning environments for all students.

PBS is comprised of simple, effective strategies for improving school climate and safety on a district-wide level, operating from the principle that students cannot learn and teachers cannot teach effectively if basic needs of safety and trust are not being met within schools. PCCY is partnering with the School District of Philadelphia, United Way, Devereux, the Office of the Mayor and the Education Law Center of Philadelphia, in this exciting endeavor. To learn more about PBS, click here.

Prior to joining PCCY, Kelly worked as a therapist and advocate for child victims of trauma in Philadelphia through a non-profit, children's behavioral health agency. In addition to providing individual and family counseling, Kelly also facilitated grief and loss support groups for West African refugee students attending schools within Southwest Philadelphia.

A 2005 Master of Social Work graduate from the University Of Pennsylvania, Kelly obtained her Pennsylvania State Clinical Social Work license in 2007. Kelly is a native of South Florida and attended the University of Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2003, majoring in Psychology. In spite of the cold and the snow, Kelly is a proud resident of Philadelphia and feels fortunate to be able to serve the city's children through both policy and practice.