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 experiences in Pittsburgh’s East End with community development corporations provided ample opportunity for Brenton to learn and experience the history and future of the City of Pittsburgh.
As the Community Relations Coordinator Brenton works to support and resolve constituent cases and maintain communication between residents, community & neighborhood groups, and the District 7 office. He also works to develop new and creative initiatives and programs aimed at improving service delivery for residents and community members including Coffee with Council and District 7 at your Doorstep. He manages the monthly newsletter, social media accounts, website, and calendar and writes articles on behalf of the office as well. Brenton frequently can be found representing the office at community and neighborhood meetings throughout the district.
Originally, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Brenton is now excited to call Pittsburgh and District 7 home.
Brittany Gernhard, Data Manager and Constituent Liaison
Brittany moved to Highland Park with her husband in 2013 to participate in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. As a Coro Fellow she worked with The Pittsburgh Promise, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Christian Associates of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Brittany is currently a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon Heinz College where she studies public policy and management.
Brittany works part-time in the District 7 office where she connects constituents with appropriate contacts and helps constituents access city government services. Brittany also helps with the office's website and database design.