One of the mayor's appointees is a pediatrician. Others have backgrounds in business, social work, teaching, and more.
Estelle Richman will chair the body for the rest of its term.
The moves were made as the School District transitions to governance by the new Board of Education.
The list includes more parents and educators.
Kenney told the nominating panel that he wants more diversity on the new list of at least 18 people. He's not ruling out making his choices from the first group of 27 names, however.
The group includes two current School Reform Commission members.
More than 3,000 people filled out a citywide questionnaire about Philadelphia schools.
The main concerns discussed were inequity, transparency, and resources.