Per the City of Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter § 216. - HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION:
The mayor shall appoint a fifteen member human relations commission. Each member shall serve for a term of four years or until a successor is appointed and qualified.
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Eric L. Holmes, has served the City of Pittsburgh for 20 years as a law enforcement officer, currently holding the rank of Commander and serving as the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Chief of Staff.
Commissioner Holmes has an M.A. from Point Park University. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh LDI XVIII. Commissioner Holmes was appointed by the Clinton administration to The White House Intern Program in the early 90’s. He belongs to a number of professional and volunteer activities to include: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Robert Morris University Criminal Justice and Sociology Advisory Committee, and the YWCA Community Advisory Board just to name of few.
In June of 2008, the Eric L. Holmes Criminal Justice Scholarship was established at Slippery Rock University.
Commissioner Wasiullah Mohamed was appointed to serve on the Commission on Human Relations in April 2016 by Mayor William Peduto.
Commissioner Mohamed currently serves as Executive Director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. Commissioner Mohamed also serves as Director of Community Relations for Nourish International. Previously, Commissioner Mohamed worked as a Labor Rights Advocate with Americans for an Informed Democracy, a non-profit, non-partisan political advocacy organization.
Commissioner Mohamed earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed majors in Neuroscience, Philosophy, and History and Philosophy of Science. At the University of Pittsburgh, Commissioner Mohamed served as Registration Chair for Pitt Make a Difference Day, Resident Assistant for the Office of Residence Life, and as Executive Board President of the Resident Student Association. In Spring 2012, Commissioner Mohamed founded the Office of Pitt Serves within the Division of Student Affairs. Commissioner Mohamed served as Executive Director of the Student Civic Engagement Council to help lead the Office of Pitt Serves during his time at the University of Pittsburgh.
Commissioner Mohamed has volunteered at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Pittsburgh and the Holy Spirit Hospital in Harrisburg, PA. As Service Chair of Beta Theta Pi, his collegiate fraternity, Commissioner Mohamed coordinated service projects with the Hazelwood YMCA, created four urban gardens in Hazelwood, and directed a tutoring program for Hazelwood students.
Rev. Liddy Barlow was appointed to the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in March 2018. She currently serves as the Commission's secretary.
In April 2014, the Rev. Liddy Barlow became the first woman to be installed as Executive Minister of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, greater Pittsburgh’s regional ecumenical agency. She reports to the Council of Bishops and Judicatory Executives, who represent 28 Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox church bodies. As Executive Minister, Rev. Barlow sets a vision for Christian Associates and manages all of the organization's projects and relationships.
Under her leadership, Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania has made unanimous public statements on ending racism and welcoming refugees. She is a key organizer of public worship services and events, including interfaith services in support of immigrants, mourning lives lost at Mother Emanuel in Charleston, SC, and standing against bigotry after the demonstrations in Charlottesville, VA. Rev. Barlow edits Christian Associates’ publications, including The Call newsletter, The Word in Our Voices series of sermon collections, and worship resources produced in partnership with community organizations.
Through Christian Associates' ministry of connectedness, Rev. Barlow holds a variety of leadership roles in local organizations, serving as chair of the Allegheny County Emergency Food & Shelter Board, secretary of the Western PA Regional VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters), steering team member for All for All, planning team member for the Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition, and board member for the Foundation of HOPE and Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute. In 2015, she traveled to Israel and Palestine in the inaugural journey of Interfaith Partners for Peace.
Rev. Barlow is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She served for six years as Chair of the Pittsburgh Association Committee on Ministry, and was a member of the Habakkuk Group, a national United Church of Christ task force that rewrote the church's Manual on Ministry.
Rabbi Sharyn Henry was appointed to serve on the Commission on Human Relations in April 2016 by Mayor William Peduto.
Commissioner Henry joined the staff of Rodef Shalom Congregation in Shadyside in 1999. She has served as Religious School Principal, Youth, Education, and Activities Director, Associate Rabbi, and Rabbi. As Rabbi, Commissioner Henry seeks to create new prayer initiatives and establish an environmentally-friendly section of the Congregation’s cemetery. Previously, Commissioner Henry held the positions of Rabbi/Educator at Temple Ohav Shalom in Allison Park, PA and Assistant Rabbi at The Temple—Congregation B’nai Jedudah in Kansas City, MO, where she was Kansas City’s first full-time female rabbi. Throughout her career, Commissioner Henry has focused on social action, inclusion, and worship.
Commissioner Henry earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where she graduated with honors in Psychology. She received her Rabbinic Ordination with a Master’s in Hebrew Letters (MAHL) from the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati. In 2013, Commissioner Henry was presented with an honorary doctorate by HUC-JIR for her 25 years of outstanding teaching of Reform Judaism’s faith, culture, and ethics.
After the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Commissioner Henry traveled to Haiti and taught women how to knit, helping them to heal and recover from the earthquake’s stresses and aftermath. She inspired several of the women to start their own businesses that sell knitted items and help provide for their families.
Commissioner Henry was recognized by Community Living and Support Services (CLASS) with a Humanitarian Award for her advocacy of equality and inclusion. She is a member of the Community Day School’s Board of Trustees.