Carey Harris is the newly appointed executive director of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission. Carey provides leadership recruiting business, civic, and educational leaders across the Commonwealth to support investment in early childhood initiatives and the formation and successful implementation of public-private partnerships across program sectors.
Prior to her appointment at the Commission, Carey served as Deputy and then Executive Director of A+ Schools for more than 12 years since its inception in 2003. Under her leadership A+ Schools became a respected and trusted voice on public education issues regionally and nationally. Before her tenure at A+ Schools, Ms. Harris was the executive director of South Side Local Development Company – a nationally recognized community development organization that developed residential and commercial real estate, developed and managed community plans and engaged in a variety of programs to build and support human and physical development in South Pittsburgh. Harris began her career at the Mon Valley Initiative – a coalition of community economic development organizations. Harris is a graduate of Temple University and holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Certified Economic Development Professional and a graduate of EPLC’s Education and Policy Fellowship. Harris serves on the Board of the Birmingham Foundation and resides in Pittsburgh with her husband John Werling and their three children.
Gina Langley is the Executive Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Early Learning investment Commission. Gina provides administrative support to Early Learning Investment Commission staff and to their commission members. Gina is directly responsible for the daily maintenance of the commission’s website and events held by the commission.
Before joining the Pennsylvania Key in 2011, Gina served as the interim Director of the African American Chamber of Commerce where she assisted the organization in raising funds and implementing an annual strategic plan. Gina also spent eight years at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where she held various positions. Gina was the Procurement Liaison at the Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunites in the Department of General Services from 2005-2007, where she was instrumental in helping the Rendell administration reach ten percent utilization of minority and women businesses on all state contracts. Prior to her position at the Department of General Services she was worked for the PA Governor’s Commission on African American Affairs as the Deputy Director from 2003-2005 and as Special Assistant to the Director from 1999-2003.
Gina attended Harrisburg Area Community College and University of Phoenix. She lives in Harrisburg with her two children.