These individuals are working hard to represent you:
Curt Conrad, MSW, Chief of Staff
Curt Conrad, originally from Elkins, West Virginia, is the Chief of Staff to Councilman O’Connor, but began his career at Pittsburgh City Council as the Constituent Services Coordinator for the District 5 Office. Prior to coming to City Council, Curt was a community organizer in the Hill District and a residential services intern at the mixed-income housing community New Pennley Place in East Liberty.
He graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University where he received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology and Religious Studies. He later earned his Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh where he focused on Community Organizing and Social Administration.
Connie Sukernek, Executive Assistant
Connie is an Executive Assistant to Councilman O’Connor. A Pittsburgh native, she attended Colfax Elementary and Taylor Allderdice High School before graduating cum laude from Chatham College. For 20 years, she was a partner in a successful boutique advertising and public relations agency, which was followed by almost a decade of working with the late Mayor Bob O’Connor.
With expertise in media, marketing, communications and public relations, Connie has worked in media relations and development at Presbyterian University Hospital, Chatham College and Children’s Hospital Regional Pediatric Program, as well as for City Council Presidents Gene Ricciardi and Doug Shields. She is a resident of Squirrel Hill.
Lynette Lederman, Executive Assistant
Lynette is currently an Executive Assistant to Councilman Corey O’Connor. A Registered Nurse by profession, Lynette has been involved in Democratic politics and government for 36 years and has been active in community service and social justice issues throughout the region.
She is a former President of the National Council of Jewish Women, currently the Chair of the Children’s Rooms in the Courts, a member of the Partner’s Council for the Center for Women, and on the Boards of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Jewish Residential Services and the Bob O'Connor Foundation. Lynette is married to attorney Stanley Lederman and is the mother of two children and grandmother of two grandsons. She is a resident of Squirrel Hill.
Matt Singer, Legislative Aide
Matt is a Legislative Aide working in Councilman O’Connor’s office specializing in policy research, analysis and writing. Additionally, he works with constituents to resolve various issues and address the concerns of District 5 residents. He also has experience tracking grants and with written and professional communication.
He graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in politics and philosophy from the University Honors College, where his studies focused on contemporary applications of democratic theory. While at Pitt, Matt was highly involved in campus media, having played significant roles in each of the campus’ major media outlets, working as the editor in chief of Pitt Political Review, the news director at WPTS Radio and as a senior staff writer at The Pitt News, as well as serving as the first press secretary and chief of staff of the University’s Student Government Board.
Sasha Plotnikova, Intern
Sasha is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing degrees in political science and Russian, and a certificate in Russian and Eastern European studies. Originally from Ukraine, she grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and is fluent in Russian. She wants to use her language skills in the future working in foreign affairs or for the Secret Service. She was placed in Councilman O'Connor's office through the University of Pittsburgh's Elsie Hillman Civic Forum and Institute of Politics internship program.