Sylvia C. Wilson is a retired elementary education professional. She was a classroom teacher for 26 years and then joined the staff of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers as the assistant to the President for 14 years. Sylvia was a member of the union's executive board from 1979 until 2010, during which she worked on behalf of the union at the local, state, and national levels. She has two sons -- both educated within Pittsburgh Public Schools
In 2013, Sylvia was elected to represent District 1 on the Pittsburgh Board of Education and is currently serving a second elected term. She has been elected by the members of the Board to serve as Board President.
Sylvia's community involvement is extensive: As the Director of the Act Your Best (AYB) Afterschool - Summer Enrichment Program (serving Homewood, East Hills, Larimer, and Lincoln-Lemington), Sylvia has volunteered over 5,000 hours of community service providing safe places for District 1 residents to learn and be fed after school and during the summer months. Over 2,000 youth have benefited from activities organized and chaired by Sylvia, including an annual Easter Egg Hunt, annual Christmas Toy Giveaway & Tree Lighting and the local Youth March against Gun Violence. Sylvia also organized the MLK Gun Buy-back Program that received national and international media coverage.
For more than 20 years, she was an active volunteer with community youth baseball and football organizations. Talk Magazine recognized Sylvia for her Community Service and as one of the "Top 100 Leaders in Pennsylvania."
In her former position with the PFT and as a school board member, Sylvia has participated in negotiations that has included over $100 million dollars in contracts, overseen Healthcare Cost containment which sets the premium costs to be affordable for Pittsburgh educators and other employees.
Sylvia was educated in public schools in the North Hills and Pittsburgh; a graduate of Peabody High School. Sylvia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh.