Sharon Phillips is Chair of the MCS Board’s Committee on Trustees. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Sharon is an attorney in solo practice focusing on business and family immigration. She has a special interest and extensive experience in immigration matters relating to the arts, and works regularly with fine art galleries, museums, architecture and design firms, among others. Sharon has maintained a commitment to pro bono practice and service throughout her career. As a young associate in the litigation department of Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia she supported the trial team on Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Later, she organized and served as a member of the petitioners’ steering committee in Yang You Yi v. Janet Reno, a class action challenging the Clinton Administration’s effort to fast-track the deportation of Chinese refugees whose ship, the Golden Venture, went aground near Rockaway Beach in 1993. More recently, Sharon made trips to the border to provide "credible fear" counseling to women and child asylum seekers. She volunteers with the Safe Passage Project in New York representing unaccompanied immigrant youth seeking SIJS (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status) protection.
How does MCS’ vision, promise, and education impact our world?
Manhattan Country School was founded on the premise that a progressive PreK-8 school, with a social justice curriculum and purposefully diverse enrollment and staff, can produce critical thinkers who center community, belonging and dignity in their lives and work. It was intended not just to provide an excellent education, but also to be a catalyst for a more just society. A half century of history proves that it’s working. MCS students and graduates don’t just tolerate diverse identities and perspectives, they value them – and they seek and cultivate communities founded on inclusion and equity as they move on to high school, college and beyond.