Councilwoman Smith was elected in February of 2009 as a member of Pittsburgh City Council representing theDistrict 2 neighborhoods. District 2 includes Banksville, Chartiers City, Crafton Heights, Duquesne Heights, East Carnegie, Elliott, Esplen, Fairywood, Mount Washington, Oakwood, Ridgemont, Sheraden, South Shore, West End, Westwood, and Windgap. She was appointed as chairperson of Public Works and is serving as Council President Pro Tempore.
Theresa lived in the city nearly her entire life and raised her three children in the Pittsburgh. As her children grew, so did her civic engagements. She became involved with and worked at a host of nonprofit organizations such as the Pittsburgh Public Schools, The Neighborhood Learning Alliance, and many other local Athletic Associations and Community Groups. She has nearly three decades of experience in volunteerism. Through her extensive volunterring experiences, she gained a vast amount of knowledge of the neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh and its residents. Theresa currently serves on the Boards of The Carnegie Library and the Pittsburgh Economic Industrial Development Corporation.
Theresa was a strong opponent of the WE-HAV program. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Theresa fought to build committees and groups to challenge the WE-HAV program, which was successfully defeated. Through her strong advocacy work, she has developed strong relationships with City Departments and with residents across the City of Pittsburgh. Also, Theresa has helped to organize two rallies in Harrisburg in support of education reform, and special education reform.
As a member of Council, Theresa is dedicated to everyday quality of life issues which she promotes in various ways, allocating a large amount of funding directed towards Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, an organization which helps seniors, Veterans and disabled residents stay in their homes comfortably.
Since being elected in 2009, she has worked on the social service, development and environmental needs
of District 2. In 2011, Theresa began the West End Alliance Community Development Corporation, a group
representing nearly all of the neighborhoods in District 2, to secure funding for housing plans,
youth programming, environmental projects and much more for District 2. Theresa also works with
the two other Community Development Corporations representing areas of District 2.
Theresa comes from a very large family and is proud of her entire family. Currently, Theresa resides in the Westwood
section of District 2 and has raised three wonderful children and enjoys spending quality time with her four grandchildren.