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Paul Socolar, editor and publisher
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Editor and director of the Notebook since 1999, Paul was one of the Notebook’s founders in 1994. He came to the Notebook as a public school parent with a background in nonprofit management and journalism as well as a long history of involvement in public education and other social justice issues. His children both graduated from Philadelphia public schools. He was an active Home & School Association member and served as a parent representative on a School Council. Prior to becoming editor, he worked on education issues for the National Coalition of Education Activists and the American Friends Service Committee. Paul started writing about public schools as a high school journalist and editor in New York City in the 1970s.

Wendy Harris, managing editor
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Wendy became the Notebook's managing editor in October 2008. She has been a contributing writer to Black Enterprise magazine, covering small businesses and previously worked as a managing editor for Hollister Creative Services, a custom publishing company in Wynnewood, Pa. She is also the author of two business books: Black Enterprise Guide to Starting Your Own Business and Against All Odds: Ten Entrepreneurs Who Followed Their Hearts and Found Success. Wendy is a Philadelphia native and Penn State graduate.

Dale Mezzacappa, contributing editor
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Dale joined the staff in February 2008 after two years as a freelance contributor. She brings to the Notebook two decades of experience covering education for the Philadelphia Inquirer, a strong local and national reputation as an award-winning reporter, and a wealth of local and national contacts. As contributing editor, Dale writes stories as well as editing content for the Notebook. She is a past president of the board of the national Education Writers Association and teaches a journalism course at Swarthmore She has worked with Philadelphia high school newspapers through the Prime Movers project.

David Limm, online editor
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David joined the Notebook in September 2012. He was formerly the education editor at Vault. He has also worked as an afterschool teacher in New York’s Chinatown and as a freelance writer for Teachers College. David is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Shawn Phillips, advertising sales / business manager
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Shawn came to the Notebook in June 2012 with 20 years' experience in publishing, advertising and marketing. He was previously the Classified Advertising Manager for ALM Media in Philadelphia and their daily newspaper The Legal Intelligencer. While at ALM Shawn was also the national sales coordinator for Shawn earned a Certificate in Editing and Publishing from Temple University. Shawn has previously worked for Gannett, the publishers of USA Today and Journal Register Company, the publishers of The Reporter in Lansdale.

Lauren Wiley, development director
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Lauren joined the staff in 2014. She is a fund-raising professional, a former journalist and a Philadelphia public school parent. Lauren began working in the nonprofit field in 2002 at the American Diabetes Association, where she gained experience in fundraising, donor cultivation and management, and event planning. More recently, she was the first-ever development director at Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, a professional laboratory science organization. Lauren earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science from Syracuse University, and is pursuing a master's of public administration at Villanova University.

Neeta Patel, associate director for operations
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Neeta came to the Notebook in March 2013. She has a long career in nonprofit management in Philadelphia with organizations including Asian Americans United, SEAMAAC, and the Folk Arts - Cultural Treasures Charter School. Neeta is a graduate of Haverford College and has a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Harvey Finkle, photography

Harvey is a still photographer who documents the activities of many progressive organizations and has produced a substantial body of work concerned with social, political and cultural issues. His work has been extensively exhibited and published, including three books entitled, "Urban Nomads," "Still Home: Jews of South Philadelphia" and "Reading."

Mildred S. Martinez, Spanish translation

Mildred has served as Spanish translator for the Notebook since 2000. She provides translation services from her home in Allentown, PA.

Joseph Kemp, designer

Joseph Kemp is a graphic designer in Morrisville, PA, a strong supporter of public education, and a former Morrisville school board member.

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