City of Pittsburgh Council District 8
The Team
Erika Staaf Strassburger, Chief of Staff
Prior to joining the office of Councilman Gilman as Chief of Staff, Erika Strassburger spent nine years working with environmental advocacy organizations PennEnvironment and Environment New Hampshire.
Erika has led local, state, and federal campaigns on a variety of issues that impact the Pittsburgh region, including river restoration, air quality, and shale gas extraction. She also engaged in fundraising, campaign development, media and communication, grassroots engagement and coalition-building for the organization.
She currently serves on the boards of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center.
Erika graduated from with honors from Bucknell University with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in International Relations. She and her husband live in Squirrel Hill.
Jodi Hirsh, Director of Communications
Jodi Hirsh has spent the majority of her career as a communications and advocacy professional in the non-profit world. Jodi has developed and implemented countless public policy, communications, advocacy, and legislative strategies designed to expand reproductive, economic, and civil rights and justice for various organizations and issue campaigns. 
In addition to serving as Director of Communications for Councilman Gilman, Jodi is the founder and principal consultant at JustAction, LLC, where she specializes in strategic communications, message development, and issue advocacy.
Jodi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, History and Women’s Studies from the University of Rochester and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the Graduate School of International and Public Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.
Alicia Carberry, Legislative Associate
Alicia Carberry has spent the last few years working on improving quality-of-life issues in Pittsburgh from a community organization perspective at Oakland Planning and Development Corporation.
Previously, she has worked in marketing and for florists. Alicia serves as an at-large member of the Clean Pittsburgh Commission, a clinic escort for Planned Parenthood of Western PA, a DumpBuster for AlleghenyCleanways, and mentor for the African American Achievement Trust through the Urban League. She cares very much about people, community, and the vitality of Pittsburgh. 
Alicia holds an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from the Community College of Allegheny County. 



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