CHR: Staff

Carlos Torres, Executive Director

Carlos Torres is the Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations. He brings over 10 years of professional experience working in the nonprofit sector, particularly in the area of public health, working with marginalized individuals and communities. His expertise includes: advocacy, education, program design, implementation and evaluation. He currently serves as the Secretary for the National Latino AIDS Action Network. Carlos holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona.

Megan Stanley, Deputy Director

Megan Stanley joined the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in April of 2018. She has over 10 years of progressive experience in social policy and advocacy, ranging from direct service to policy research and analysis, with a focus on low-income and vulnerable populations. Her areas of expertise include program design, technical assistance, and evaluation. Megan holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Northwestern University.

Kyle Novak, Commission Representative
Kyle Novak joined the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in October of 2018. Kyle's greatest passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. He has 10 years of experience working with adults and children in social service settings, with a focus on mental health and criminal populations. Kyle graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania receiving both a B.A. and M.A. in Criminology.

Emily F. Costello, Commission Representative
Emily F. Costello joined the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in March of 2017. Prior to joining the PghCHR, Emily served for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Office of Sustainability under the Department of Innovation and Performance. Emily has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Gerontology from Shippensburg University. 

Emily was featured on City Channel Pittsburgh's Employee Showcase in August 2018 - Check it out!

Candace G. Ragin, Commission Representative
Candace G. Ragin, Esq. joined the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in June 2018. Ms. Ragin is a seasoned litigator and trial attorney with diverse background in civil and criminal matters including consumer finance and protection, civil rights, criminal and juvenile defense, employment, and landlord-tenant. Outside of the legal profession, Ms. Ragin is an intermittent adjunct professor in the Sociology and Law Department at Saint Vincent College and volunteers with local mentoring programs for disadvantaged youth. Ms. Ragin holds Bachelor's degree in English and Political Science from Saint Vincent College, and a law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law.

Cheryl San Miron, Administrative Assistant
Cheryl San Miron has been employed with the City of Pittsburgh since 1998, initially in the Department of Innovation & Performance (then known as City Information Systems), followed by the Department of Finance. In 2011, Ms. San Miron transferred to the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, where she functions as an Administrative Assistant. 

Rachel Salem, Secretary to the Director
Rachel Salem joined the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in June of 2016.  Prior to joining the PghCHR, Rachel worked as a paralegal for various Pittsburgh law firms, as an executive assistant in the AMPCO-Pittsburgh corporate office, and as an assistant to the Zoning Administrator in the Department of City Planning. Rachel has a BA in Psychology from Point Park University with specialties in Global Cultural Studies and Forensics.