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The City of Pittsburgh, Office of Mayor William Peduto is proud to announce that Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission (GEC) announced the election of its first officers. The Commission will be led by its Executive Committee, consisting of: 

Chair: Jessie B. Ramey, Ph.D., Director, Women’s Institute, and Associate Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies, Chatham University  (Jessie B. Ramey pictured)


Vice Chair: Amanda Neatrour, Program Manager, Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program, Robert Morris University 

Vice Chair: Lee Fogarty, Psychologist and Pittsburgh4CEDAW member 

Secretary: Chelsea Pallatino, Ph.D., MPH, Postdoctoral Associate, Magee-Women's Research Institute  

Treasurer: Sarah E.W. Hansen, Senior Research Associate, HPW Associates 

The Gender Equity Commission is the city’s newest commission, formed in 2016 by City Council ordinance. Commissioners were appointed by Mayor Peduto and confirmed by City Council and began their work at the beginning of this year. 

The mission of the Gender Equity Commission is to achieve equity for women and girls in the City of Pittsburgh. Our vision is a future in which everyone in the City of Pittsburgh, regardless of gender identity or expression, is safe in all spaces, empowered to achieve their full potential, and no longer faces structural or institutional barriers to economic, social, and political equality.  

The Commission is currently working on an intersectional analysis of all city functions and will be making strategic recommendations to promote gender equity. 

The other members of the Commission are: 

Megan Block, Attorney, Healey Block & Hornack, PC 

Kelauni Cook, Founder & Executive Director, Black Tech Nation, Co-Founder, Distributed49 

Kathi Elliott, Executive Director, Gwen's Girls 

Deb Gross, Councilmember, Pittsburgh, District 7 

Sabrina Korbel, Supervising Attorney, Women's Center and Shelter Civil Law Project 

Janet Manuel, Director, Department of Human Resources & Civil Service, City of Pittsburgh  

Sarah Schulz, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department & Director, Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University 

Michael Strelic, Budget Manager, City Council Budget Office 

Rick Williams, Manager of Equity and Inclusion, City of Pittsburgh 

The Commission’s Executive Director is anupama jain, Ph.D., working in the Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment in the Office of Mayor William Peduto. 


Source: City of Pittsburgh

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