Council District 5
District 5 Staff

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 Master's 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 with honors 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, 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.

Cassie Hourlland, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Intern

Cassie is an intern in the Office of Councilman O'Connor. Originally from Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, she graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Bloomsburg University in May of 2016. Cassie is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Pittsburgh with a community organization and social administration concentration. In the future, she hopes to work to influence policies to fight for social justice.

Cassidy Martin, University of Pittsburgh Intern

Cassidy is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and history, and is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Cassidy works as a tour guide and student ambassador with the Pitt Pathfinders and is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity and the Phi Alpha Theta National Honors History Fraternity. Cassidy has also interned with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, where she worked on marketing projects. In the future, Cassidy would perhaps want to attend law school or work in local government.

Alex Clark, University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics Intern

Alex is a legislative intern in the Office of Councilman O'Connor. She is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, studying political science and urban studies with concentrations in American politics and community organizing. Alex has previously interned for Bread for the World, an anti-hunger lobbying group, as well as the Thomas Merton Center, and is currently working as an Education Program Assistant at Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania. In the future, Alex would like to work at the intersection of social justice and public policy.

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