Nathaniel Hanson is a government affairs and communications professional serving as Chief of Staff to Councilwoman Deb Gross and the District 7 office. Nate is the office’s media and communications representative, charged with press relations, community, development, and grassroots efforts throughout the District. Additionally, Nate regularly represents Deb and the District 7 office at neighborhood meetings. Before his role as Chief of Staff, Nate was the Communications Manager for former District 7 City Councilman Patrick Dowd.
Nate graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh's University Honors College with a B.Phil degree, double majoring in Politics-Philosophy and Urban Studies concentrating in Urban Policy and Administration. During his time at Pitt, Nate was the Station Manager of WPTS-FM and a regular guest music columnist for The Pitt News.
Nate has served on Lawrenceville United's Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC)'s Pedestrian-Bicycle Advisory Committee. Nate is a recently nominated member of Pittsburgh's PROPEL Commission, where he is the chair of the commission's Diversity Committee. Nate also serves on the board of the Union Project.
Brenton came to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2012 to begin his graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work. Before moving to Pittsburgh he served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania. He worked as an Education Volunteer in Vaslui County and served his school and surrounding communities with a number of programs and initiatives during his two-year commitment.
He completed his MSW in the spring of 2014 with a concentration in community organizing and focus on neighborhood development. Valuable internship and work experiences in Pittsburgh’s East End with local nonprofit organizations provided ample opportunity for Brenton to learn the history and future of the district as well as gain first hand experience with the issues and concerns of its residents.
As the Community Relations Coordinator Brenton works to support and resolve constituent cases and serves as the main point of contact between residents and Councilwoman Gross's office. He strives to develop new and creative initiatives and programs to assist in this process and manages Coffee with Council and District 7 at your Doorstep. He also handles the communication efforts of the office including the monthly e-newsletter, social media accounts, website, and calendar. Brenton frequently can be found engaging with District 7 residents and representing the office at community and neighborhood meetings.
Originally, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Brenton is now excited to call Pittsburgh and District 7 home.