Meet our new board leadership! | Children's Law Center

Meet our new board leadership!

When asked why he moved to DC, Chip Magid laughed and said he was told the city is “under-attorneyed.”

Although he is joking, we agree in a sense. DC needs more lawyers—ones like Magid who fight tirelessly for DC children. Magid was elected this week to serve as chair of Children’s Law Center’s board of directors. His term begins in September, just in time for our 2019 Helping Children Soar Benefit on September 23rd.

Magid’s interest in advocating for children started many years ago when he volunteered as an English as a Second Language tutor for a refugee. There, he saw firsthand how education can determine the trajectory of someone’s life. 

“I’ve always seen the value of education for young people of all socio-economic backgrounds,” Magid shares. “That’s why I became involved with CLC. All children have huge potential.”

Magid compares our work to peeling an onion, saying we “peel back” every challenge that DC children are facing so we can then find the solutions.

“If you don’t have access to decent housing and healthcare, then you often are subject to conditions that make it impossible for you to have a good education. You can’t address just one. It has to be a systemic effort,” Magid explains. “That was not obvious to me in the beginning. CLC taught me these issues are related.”

When he talks about Children’s Law Center’s staff and board, Magid is animated. He credits their passion, tenacity and expertise as reasons why we make a lasting difference for individual children and in the laws and policies that impact their lives.

Magid is a trustee of the Federal City Council, board chair of College Success Foundation DC and is a member of the Economic Club of Washington’s program committee. In addition to his philanthropic pursuits, Magid has handled complex and high-profile commercial litigation matters for more than 25 years.

In his free time, he loves spending time with his wife Vicky and two daughters. Four days of the week during the pre-dawn hours you’ll find him enjoying nature as he rows on the Potomac.

Welcoming Our Advisory and Emeritus Board Chairs

In addition to Magid, we are also happy to introduce our new emeritus and advisory board chairs!

Stephanie Hales is our newly elected advisory board chair. She’s a partner in Sidley Austin’s healthcare and government strategies groups. She has been an advisory board member since 2015. Hales is a longtime Kite Club donor and is as generous with her time as she is with her gifts. She also supervises Children’s Law Center pro bono cases – particularly housing conditions. Hales lives in DC with her husband and cat. She loves music, literature and theater and has performed in musicals and other shows both as a lawyer and in her time during and before law school.

Melissa Wiley is our newest emeritus board chair. This position allows her to continue serving as treasurer of our governing board. Wiley is an assistant general counsel at Ernst & Young LLP, where she supports the firm's tax practice. She first met CLC during her almost decade-long tenure at Skadden, when she served on our advisory board and was an active pro bono attorney. She was elected to our board of directors in 2013. In her spare time Wiley enjoys hockey as a Capitals season ticket holder and is a recreational runner and avid wine taster.

Please join us in congratulating these three tenacious child advocates!