Councilwoman Smith was elected as a member of Pittsburgh City Council representing the neighborhoods of District 2 since February of 2009. 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 Safety and is currently serving her second consecutive term in that position. In addition, Theresa is serving her second consecutive term as Council President Pro Tempore.
Theresa lived in the City of Pittsburgh nearly her entire life and raised her three children in the City of 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, formerly known as Wireless Neighborhoods and local Athletic Associations, Community Groups just to name a few. She has nearly three decades of volunteerism. Through her extensive volunteerism, she gained a vast amount of knowledge of the neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh and its residents. Theresa helped to organize 2 rallies in Harrisburg for education, and also for special education. Theresa was a strong opponent of the WE-HAV program. 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.
As a member of Council, Theresa is dedicated to everyday quality of life issues which she promotes in
various ways including providing a free grass cutting program to seniors, disabled folks and veterans,
allocated a large amount of funding directed towards Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh who helps seniors,
veterans and disabled residents stay in their homes comfortably.
Theresa serves on the Boards of ALCOSAN and the Pittsburgh Economic Industrial Development
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 development dollars, housing plans,
youth programming, environmental projects/funding and much more for District 2. Theresa also works with
the two other CDC’s representing areas of District 2 in terms of development.
Theresa comes from a very large family and is proud of her entire family. Theresa resides in the Westwood
section of District 2 and has raised three wonderful children and enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren.