Charlesretta Meade, chairwoman

Posted: May 03, 2009

Salary: $75,000

Meade, 56, is an unabashed Trekkie. Her home answering machine tells callers they've reached her "starbase" and closes with, "Live long and prosper."

Meade earned her law degree from Temple University in 1982 and quickly became a Democratic committeewoman in North Philadelphia. Her mother counseled her that working in politics was a good way to help people.

As a committeewoman, Meade worked to elect Mayor W. Wilson Goode in 1983. He appointed Meade to the board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which was the city's largest Democratic patronage redoubt.

In 1992, Mayor Edward G. Rendell bumped her off the parking authority board. That year, Meade said, she asked the Democratic and Republican Party chairmen and "anybody who knew any judges to help me" get selected for the BRT post. She became chair in 2007.

No longer a committeewoman, Meade still regularly contributes to Democratic Party coffers and to the campaign fund of the party's chairman, Rep. Robert Brady (D., Pa.).

In addition to her work with the tax board, Meade has a private law practice. She is a state trustee for the college of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University.

Meade, who lives north of Center City, owns no real estate in Philadelphia.

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