Borough President Melinda Katz appointed Deborah Dillingham of Forest Hills to be Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy Tuesday.
Dillingham was the Queens borough appointee to the Community Education Council in District 28, which includes Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, Briarwood, Jamaica and South Jamaica, where she served as president. She also served on the Queens Borough President’s Parent Advisory Committee, the District 28 Leadership Team and the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Committee and has been president of the Parent’s Association of PS 101.
“Through her extensive work with our city’s school system, Deborah has shown she has the knowledge, savvy and commitment necessary to be an outstanding member of the Panel for Educational Policy,” Katz said in an announcement of the appointment. “She cares deeply about our children and the schooling they receive and has a track record of making sure our kids get the best education possible. I know she will be a great asset to the PEP.”
Dillingham worked in the field of consumer products marketing from 1990 to 2000. Before that, she was a program compliance officer for the Massachusetts Board of Regents from 1987 to 1990. She also served as a board member of the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation.
“Deborah is an excellent choice to serve as the Queens rep on the Panel For Educational Policy,” said her predecessor, Dmytro Fedkowskyj. “Our borough president selected a winner and I’m confident our school communities will be well represented and supported.”
Dillingham, who holds a masters in psychology from Harvard University, has three children in the city’s public school system. Chandler, 14, attends Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts; Harrison, 14, is a student at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts; and Abigail, 12, attends the Professional Performing Arts School.