Meet Our Advisory Board
Amber Coleman-Mortley is the Director of Social Engagement at iCivics where she recruits teacher influencers; elevates diverse voices and perspectives within the civic education space; and manages the Youth Fellowship. She holds a B.A. in African American Studies from Oberlin College and an M.A. from American University in Media Entrepreneurship. A decorated three-sport varsity athlete, Amber continued her athletic passion as a P.E./Health teacher and varsity head coach at Sidwell Friends School for nine years. Amber covers civics, K12 education, edtech, and family life at MomOfAllCapes and on her podcast with her daughters, LetsK12Better. She has been featured in the LA Times, NY Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, and a variety of other broadcast, podcast, and online media outlets.
Shawn Healy, PhD, Senior Director, State Policy and Advocacy, leads iCivics’ state policy and advocacy work through the CivXNow Coalition and oversees civic education campaigns in several key states. He plays an active role in recruiting supporters to fund policy, advocacy, and implementation efforts in the states to ensure impact.
Healy chaired the Illinois Task Force on Civic Education in 2014 and later led separate, successful legislative campaigns for a required civics course in Illinois in middle and high school, respectively. He also led the Illinois Social Science Standards Task Force. Its recommendations were adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2015.
Healy makes regular appearances as a guest speaker and panelist at academic and professional development conferences across the country, is a frequent contributor to local and national media, and produces original scholarship in the area of political participation and civic education. Healy also serves as an adjunct professor in Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a Serve Illinois Commissioner.
Before joining iCivics, Healy worked for fifteen years at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in various capacities, most recently serving as Democracy Program Director. He began his career as a social studies teacher at West Chicago Community High School (IL) and Sheboygan North High School (WI). A 2001 James Madison Fellow from the State of Wisconsin, he holds a MA and PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in political science and earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in Political Science, History and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His dissertation is titled “Essential School Supports for Civic Learning.”
Maryam served as Executive Director and Community Lawyer at the Citizen Advocacy Center in Elmhurst, Illinois for nearly 12 years. She was the chief spokesperson for the organization and was primarily responsible for fundraising, lobbying, legislative and program strategy, media appearances, and all other activities, including supervision of staff and determining budget priorities. She served as an appointee to the Illinois Task Force on Civics Education in 2014, which resulted in the high school graduation requirement of a stand-alone civics education course. Maryam’s work with students from Benedictine University resulted in amendments to the Open Meetings Act.
Prior, Maryam clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She also worked as the managing attorney for the Legal Services of Northern California’s health rights advocacy program where she utilized a grassroots and systemic approach to solving community members’ health care concerns.
Maryam graduated from Northwestern University and subsequently received her Master in Public Health from The George Washington University. Maryam had the unique opportunity to be a health communications volunteer serving in Peace Corps Madagascar. There, she identified pressing health education needs in local communities, trained health care professionals in outreach communication strategies and counseling skills, and implemented outreach programs and the development of educational materials.
Maryam graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law with certificates in Public Interest Law & Policy, and in Critical Race Studies, and she is a member of the Illinois and California Bars.