Meet Our Commissioners
Executive Director anupama (anu) jain
anu jain earned a BA at Bryn Mawr College and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She spent more than a decade in higher education conducting original research, teaching topics including gender and race in the U.S., and supporting equity initiatives. She is the founder of Inclusant, a consulting firm that offers cross-sector diversity and inclusion education.
Megan M. Block
As an Attorney and Shareholder at Healey & Hornack, PC, Megan represents individuals in civil rights and employment matters, labor unions in organizing campaigns and litigation, and demonstrators who are arrested for protesting and civil disobedience. In addition to serving on the Commission, Megan is a Community Advocate for the Women’s Law Project and serves on the Board of Directors for SETpoint, a non-profit dedicated to preventing physical and sexual assault through empowerment-focused self-defense training. Megan graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She also holds a Master of Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Kelauni J. Cook
Kelauni Cook is a software developer and the founder and CEO of Black Tech Nation and The Blockchain Billionaire Group. Kelauni graduated from Academy Pittsburgh Coding Boot Camp in July 2016 and accepted a contract position with The Washington Post as a software developer. In January of 2017, she co-created Academy Pittsburgh’s Beta Builders - an after school high school coding boot camp for underrepresented students. She is now the founder and CEO of Black Tech Nation, a social good organization that aims to support America’s “black tech unicorns” and link them to opportunities in the region's tech industry. She also runs The Blockchain Billionaire Group - an educational platform to train software developers and educate the general public on blockchain technology. Kelauni also works as an adviser to blockchain company, Adbank, in Toronto, Canada and consults for Google, CMU, and MIT on an unconscious bias software for K-12 computer science teachers. Kelauni was named one of "12 People To Meet in 2018" by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Magazine and featured in The Huffington Post and on NPR for her work in both blockchain and tech diversity.
Kathi R. Elliott
Dr. Kathi Elliott has held the position of Executive Director at Gwen’s Girls since August of 2015. Gwen's Girls is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit who mission is to empower girls and young women to pursue productive lives through exposure to holistic, gender-specific programs, education and experiences. Under Dr. Elliott’s leadership, Gwen’s Girls has become a lead convener in joining local systems administrators, researchers, community organizations, and individuals to share information and best practices to address issues of inequity. This spearheaded the formation of Black Girls Equity Alliance, a community-wide cross-systems initiative that aims to dismantle systemic inequities impacting black girls in the Pittsburgh region through collaborative partnerships.
Kathi R. Elliott earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Chatham University and a dual Master’s degree in Nursing and Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She holds over 20 years of experience in social service, community and individual mental health treatment. Dr. Elliott credits her mother, the late Commander Gwen Elliott, founder of Gwen's Girls, for instilling the values of advocacy and giving back to others in need.
Commissioner Fogarty is a psychologist and an executive coach. She was appointed to the Gender Equity Commission by Mayor Bill Peduto as a representative of the Pittsburgh4CEDAW group, which introduced and then worked to pass the Gender Equity Ordinance. Commissioner Fogarty is a long term member of the Zonta Club of Pittsburgh, part of Zonta International, an international advocacy and service group that envisions a world in which women's rights are human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In addition, she is a member of the Executive Womens Council of Pittsburgh and she serves on the CMU Osher Board. Commissioner Fogarty has worked on gender equity issues throughout her career, personally and professionally, with individuals, corporations, and society.
Councilwoman Deb Gross
Councilwoman Deb Gross began her first full four year term as the District 7 representative in January 2016. Her district includes the Strip District, Polish Hill, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Friendship, Stanton Heights, Morningside, and her home neighborhood Highland Park – where she lives with her husband Stan Caldwell and two children, Theodora and Stanley.
She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Duke University. She is a firm believer in the power and promise of Pittsburgh neighborhoods and has worked as a community organizer, strategic planner, and fundraiser for a variety of organizations including the Lawrenceville Corporation, Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance during her career.
Deb’s policy interests and initiatives revolve around improving the quality of life for Pittsburgh families, supporting local and minority owned businesses, creating accessible, resident-friendly infrastructure, and eliminating neighborhood blight while increasing affordable housing options. Her work also focuses on establishing connections and relationships between a diversity of stakeholders to develop cohesive, equitable plans for moving Pittsburgh forward.
Sarah E.W. Hansen
Commissioner Hansen has been a passionate voice for equity in and access to education and the workforce for over 15 years. Much of her work has focused around workforce development, most recently as Senior Director of Operations for Pennsylvania Women Work. Currently, she works as a Senior Research Associate for HPW Associates, a woman-owned business. HPW Associates specializes in applied research, evaluation, and performance measurement across multiple non-profit, government, and private sectors, including behavioral health, recovery support, education, and workforce development. Hansen holds a PhD in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. She is also a Visiting Scholar with the university’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Department. Hansen also serves as a Board of Directors member and choir member/percussionist of the Renaissance City Choir.
For the past 15 years, Sabrina worked as the Supervising Attorney of the Women’s Center and Shelter Civil Law Project. In this position, she focuses on providing systems advocacy and free legal representation on behalf of victims of intimate partner violence, in cases involving custody, protection from abuse, support, divorce and other civil legal matters, so that victims can obtain justice, autonomy, safety, and restoration. Attorney Korbel has served as a Council Member in the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Family Law Section and has been a co-chair for the Public Service Committee of the Family Law Section since 2008 through the present. She is a past member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee and Board of Governors and a current Allegheny County Bar Foundation Fellow. Sabrina is an active member and past president of the local Matrimonial Inns of Court. She presently sits as the Implementation Co-Chair of the Allegheny County Children’s Roundtable Family Violence Committee where she works to improve the court process for victims of violence in a trauma informed manner. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence’s statewide Attorney Network and presents trainings and lectures for the justice system on domestic violence and other legal issues, including annual PFA trainings for Neighborhood Legal Services Association to pro bono PFA attorneys. She has been awarded numerous awards for her work, including the 2009 Public Interest Attorney Award, the 2011 Civil Legal Aid Attorney of the Year Award, and the 2017 Women of Achievement Award. Sabrina is a 2002 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She resides in Ross Township with her husband and two daughters.
Janet K. Manuel is Director for Human Resources and Civil Service & EEO/Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the City of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the City of Pittsburgh, Ms. Manuel held the position of Vice President of Human Resources for Vincentian Collaborative Services, a HealthCare and Social Service organization. Ms. Manuel serves on the Executive and General Board for the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association (PHRA) as President-Elect and in 2019 will hold the position of President. In addition, Ms. Manuel is Chairperson for the Community College of Allegheny County Job Placement and Career Advisory Board, representing all four campuses, and serves on the General and Executive Employer Advisory Board for West PAC, a Consortium of 40 plus Colleges and Universities in Western PA. She holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Studies with a dual concentration in Leadership and Employee Relations from Robert Morris University. Ms. Manuel also holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM-CP certifications.
Amanda is currently the Program Manager for the Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program at Robert Morris University, where she supports and promotes mentorship and leadership programming to advance opportunities for women students. Amanda was previously the Diversity and Inclusion Employment Coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh, and continues that work independently as a diversity trainer and consultant. She served on the Lawrenceville Community Land Trust and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Learning and Research committees, and the board of the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh. Amanda is a an alum of the Baltimore School for the Arts, Howard University, and the Accademia Dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.
Chelsea Pallatino, Ph.D., MPH, is a Postdoctoral Associate at Magee-Women's Research Institute studying the intersection of substance use, sexual and reproductive health outcomes, and intimate partner violence among pregnant women with opioid use disorder. Her doctoral dissertation research in public health focused on Asian Indian immigrant women and their definitions, experiences, and help-seeking behaviors related to domestic violence. She has conducted research in the U.S., Italy, and India on women’s health, maternal and child health, family planning, and violence against women as well as with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Gender Equality in Public Administration Initiative. Chelsea obtained Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and an MPH in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPIA). She continued her education at GSPIA to earn her PhD in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.
Jessie B. Ramey, Ph.D., is the Founding Director of the Women’s Institute at Chatham University and Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. She is a historian of gender, race, working families, and U.S. social policy. Her book, "Child Care in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages" (University of Illinois Press, 2012), won the Lerner-Scott Prize in women’s history from the Organization of American Historians, the Herbert G. Gutman Prize from the Labor and Working-Class History Association, and the John Heinz Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance. She received a New Faculty Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and the Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement from the University of Pittsburgh in recognition of her work on public education policy, the subject of her current book project. Dr. Ramey was named one of the top “people to know” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; one of “5 People Making Pittsburgh a More Livable City for All,” by NEXT Pittsburgh; and was invited twice to President Obama’s White House to discuss education policy. A sixth-generation Pittsburgher, Dr. Ramey lives in the city and her children proudly attend Pittsburgh Public Schools. She earned a BA with honors in Social History from Carnegie Mellon University, an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MA and Ph.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University.
Sarah L. Schulz
Dr. Sarah Schulz is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Point Park University, where she also serves as the director of the MA program in Clinical-Community Psychology. She earned her Doctorate in Social Welfare with a specialization in gender and sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012. Since joining the Point Park faculty in 2013, her research interests have focused on the health and mental health needs of the LGBT/Q community, as well as the homeless community of Pittsburgh. She was a Principle Investigator on the Point Park University Campus Climate Survey, which aimed to assess students’ experiences, behaviors, and attitudes regarding sexual assault and harassment on urban college campuses. Her research interests are rooted in over 10 years of clinical experience as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in a variety of mental health settings.
As the Commission appointee who is the "employee of the City knowledgeable about the City budget," Michael works in the City Council Budget Office as Budget Manager. The Budget Office monitors City finances and conducts analyses of City operations and policy matters. This Office analyzes all legislation relating to finances that pass through City Council, prepares and distributes periodic reports on revenues, expenditures and other financial trends relative to the financial operation and fiscal condition of the City, to Council. The Office produces, supervises, and reviews the City’s final annual operating, CDBG, and capital budgets and compiles special reports and executive summaries for Council to assist them in their deliberations.
Ricardo "Rick" Williams
Ricardo “ Rick” Williams has been the Manager of Equity and Inclusion for the City of Pittsburgh in the Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment since 2015. As Manager, he oversees the Equal Opportunity Review Commission. Rick and his staff work collaboratively with the City to create various entry points of opportunity for minority and women vendors to secure professional service contracts. Rick is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh – Class XXXI, a community focused program that selects emerging leaders across Allegheny County. He was awarded the 2012 Pittsburgh Courier Men of Excellence for his work in Human Services and Community Development. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management from Robert Morris University.
From 2007-2018, Magdeline Jensen served as CEO of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women and girls. The YWCA provides numerous social service programs and advocates for social and financial equity. Her prior experience includes working as Chief Federal Probation Officer in Arizona, the first woman to hold the position, and as an administrator in the headquarters of the U.S. Federal Courts. Jensen holds a Masters and Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at American University and California State University in the Criminology field.