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Back to Blog March 19, 2024

Tyler GAID Professor Honored Among Women Leading the 175th Initiative

Author: Jordan Cameron
Abby Guido

Every year for Women’s History Month, Pennsylvania State Rep. Mary Isaacson, in coordination with community leaders and advocates, honors exceptional women living or working in her legislative  district who have led efforts to improve the daily lives of Pennsylvanians. The 2024 cohort includes Abby Guido, Associate Professor of Graphic and Interactive Design. 

Isaacson, who represents Philadelphia’s 175th State Legislative District, selected Guido for the recognition, “due to the actions [she has] taken in shaping the everyday lives of Pennsylvanians, future of our neighborhoods and our great City” through her community-focused volunteer work. The district includes Fishtown, Northern Liberties, part of Center City, Society Hill and Queen Village.

Guido said that she discovered the nonprofit organization Friends of Hackett when she was volunteering at the Horatio B. Hackett Elementary School’s annual block party in Kensington, the neighborhood where she lives with her husband, Chris, and their two children, Ayla and Remy. After taking on leadership roles within the group, Guido now serves as president. 

Friends of Hackett supports the students, staff, and community of the public school. Guido noted that a highlight of the group’s recent work is the schoolyard renovation and rain garden, which is a testament to more than a decade of commitment from the Friends of Hackett, the school’s leadership, and the neighborhood community—and showcases the power of sustained community effort and collaboration. 

“Receiving this honor feels deeply meaningful. It reflects the combined impact of my teaching at Tyler and my community work,” Guido said. “It's not just about the projects I've been involved in or my roles; it's a recognition of my commitment to enhancing learning environments and supporting our community.”

Professor Abby Guido posing with a group of Tyler GAID students outside in an elementary school playground

Guido’s community work intersected with her teaching practice when she assigned one of her classes at Tyler to rebrand Friends of Hackett—the students’ work is available in an online gallery. The students also attended a cleanup day at the school as part of the project.

The work Guido is being recognized for extends beyond her role with Friends of Hackett. “Participating in other civic-focused efforts, such as the research project PhillyRow and helping at local polling stations, showcases my commitment to strengthening the bonds within our community,” she explained. 

Guido will receive a Pennsylvania House of Representatives citation as part of this recognition. A reception will be held at Lutheran Settlement House on March 28, 2024, from 5:30—7:30 p.m. 

Images: Abby Guido by Joseph Labolito; Hackett cleanup day with student team (from left to right, Abby Guido, Anthony Sanchas-Rojas, Sophia Mazza,  Sean Delmore, Charlotte Friedman, Liv Schroeder), courtesy of Abby Guido