City of Pittsburgh Council District 7
Meet the District 7 Team

Councilwoman Deb Gross

Deb Gross serves as a Member of Pittsburgh City Council, where she represents Pittsburgh City Council District 7. Deb was elected on November 5th, 2013, and was sworn-in on December 6th, 2013.

Deb is a lifelong progressive, community organizer, strategic planner and fundraiser. A champion for Pittsburgh neighborhoods, Deb has a track record of transformative involvement with many community development organizations including the Lawrenceville Corporation; Mildred’s Daughters Farm; the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation; The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance, as founding executive director; and the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Deb's background in community advocacy also includes having started a business Pecolater, a business whose purpose was to help community development corporations and non-profits strengthen ties within Pittsburgh's business community. 

Deb received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Florida and Master’s Degree in Sociology from the Duke University. She is married to Stan Caldwell who works at Carnegie Mellon University and has a six-year-old daughter, Theodora, and a one-year-old son, Stanley. Deb and her family live in Highland Park.


Nate Hanson, Chief of Staff

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.

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Moira Egler, Community Development Liason

Moira Egler is a native Pittsburgher who graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a degree in Sociology and Urban Studies. During her time there, she worked with both non-profit and public entities committed to urban issues such as housing, access to fresh food, and blight mitigation.

Moira moved back to Pittsburgh in the summer of 2011 ready to apply the community development skills she gained in New Orleans to her hometown of Pittsburgh as former Councilman Patrick Dowd’s constituent services assistant. In Councilwoman Deb Gross’s office, Moira will be the Community Development Liaison, acting as the office’s point person on land use issues and constituent services.

She will continue her fight against blight in District 7, and will help residents navigate municipal processes. “I am humbled to continue serving the residents of District 7, and promise to keep working toward improving our already vibrant communities across the District!”

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