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 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 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.


Chris Pope, Intern


Christopher, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, lives in Greenfield and is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh working on a dual master's degree program studying social work and public administration. Christopher's interests and experience include social administration, community development, public and non-profit management, welfare policy and effective governance.



Nicole Koster, Intern


Nicole is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, pursuing degrees in administration of justice and Italian language. She is originally from Long Island, New York.


She was placed in Councilman O'Connor's office through the University of Pittsburgh's Elsie Hillman Forum and Institute of Politics internship program. She has an interest in public policy and the legal side of social justice.



Fatema Juma, Coro Fellow


Fatema Juma is a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs working with Councilman O'Connor's office on a youth project. She graduated in August, 2015 from Juniata College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies.


Born and raised in Bahrain, Fatema has been involved with NGOs in Bahrain since the age of 13, where she developed her passion for advocacy and activisms. In 2012, she gained political asylum in the United States and has been involved in advocacy and lobbying efforts in the Washington, D.C. area since 2012.






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