Councilperson Erika Strassburger
Erika Strassburger is a Member of Pittsburgh City Council serving District 8, which includes the Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods. She was the first woman elected to this seat. Previously, Erika served as Chief of Staff for the district for four years under former-Councilman Dan Gilman.
Prior to that, Councilperson Strassburger worked for nearly a decade for environmental advocacy organizations PennEnvironment and Environment New Hampshire, taking the lead on several legislative victories including passage of renewable electricity standards, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and building efficiency and appliance efficiency standards.
Councilperson Strassburger serves on the board of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Parking Authority, Conservation Consultants Inc. (CCI), an organization that helps families create healthier, safer, more energy efficient homes, and the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center. She previously served on the boards of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Uncover Squirrel Hill. She also spends time serving as a Running Mentor for PUMPed to Run, a running and walking group composed of residents of local homeless shelters.
Councilperson Strassburger graduated with honors from Bucknell University with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in International Relations. She and her husband live in Squirrel Hill.