Office of Mayor William Peduto
Mayor William Peduto Hosts National Meeting On Youth, Education & Families
National League of Cities council includes local and national education and government leaders

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 23, 2015) Mayor William Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh are hosting education and government leaders from around the country the next two days, to discuss Pittsburgh’s education initiatives and study nationwide best practices to support youth.

The summer meeting of the National League of Cities Council on Youth, Education and Families is being held today and tomorrow at the Omni William Penn hotel Downtown, and includes a presentation on Pittsburgh’s Remake Learning Network and a visit to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on the North Side.

Mayor Peduto was named co-chair of the YEF Council in January. Issues covered by the council include early childhood development and education, health and wellness, afterschool programming, youth violence prevention and family economic success.

The National League of Cities is holding its national convention in Pittsburgh in November 2016, which will draw an estimated 3,500 municipal officials to the city.

“I’m proud as usual to show off Pittsburgh, but especially proud that our city’s education experts will get another chance to show off Pittsburgh’s innovative and equitable efforts to bring quality education to all,” Mayor Peduto said.

At this week’s session council members will discuss a new “education playbook” for city leaders nationwide and will hear in-depth presentations at the Children’s Museum regarding Pittsburgh’s innovative learning initiatives.  

On Friday, the council will have a presentation and discussion on NLC’s REAL Initiative (Race, Equity and Leadership).

An agenda for today’s session is here. Highlights of Friday’s agenda include a 9 a.m. discussion of the REAL Initiative and a 10:15 a.m. discussion of the education playbook.

Attendees at the YEF meetings include:

Charlottesville, Va., Councilmember Kristin Szakos, co-chair

Trotwood, Ohio, Mayor Joyce Sutton Cameron, vice-chair

Burleson, Tex., Mayor Ken Shetter, vice-chair

Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Lovely Warren

Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley

Winchester, Ken., Mayor Pro Tem Shannon J. Cox

Tualatin, Ore., Mayor Lou Ogden

Madison, Wis., Mayor Paul Soglin

Tempe, Ariz., Councilmember Robin Arredondo-Savage

Jackson, Miss., Councilmember Margaret Barrett-Simon

Jackson, Tenn., Councilmember Ernest Brooks, II

Wichita, Kan., youth representative Alexis Garcia-Villatoro

Jackson, Miss., Councilmember Tyrone Hendrix

East Point, Ga., Councilmember Deana Holiday Ingraham

St. Petersburg, Fla., Councilmember Steve Kornell

Longmont, Colo., Councilmember Sarah Levison

Little Rock, Ark., youth representative Benjamin Paladino

Athens, Ga., Councilmember Dick Pelley

Richmond, Va., Councilmember Ellen Robertson

Tukwila, Wash., Councilmember Verna Seal

Garland, Tex., youth representative Elizabeth Sinclair

Nashville, Tenn., Councilmember Ronnie Steine

Little Rock, Ark., Alderman Maurice Taylor

San Francisco youth representative Jillian Wu


Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane

Fred Rogers Company CEO William Isler

Jackson State University Professor Albert J. Simon

Allies for Children Executive Director Patrick Dowd

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Executive Director Jane Werner

Sprout Fund Executive Director Cathy Lewis Long

Grable Foundation Executive Director Gregg S. Behr

City of Pittsburgh Chief Urban Affairs Officer Valerie McDonald‐Roberts

City of Pittsburgh Operations and Administration Deputy Chief LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill


NLC YEF Executive Director Clifford M. Johnson

NLC REAL Director Leon T. Andrews, Jr.

NLC YEF Education and Expanding Learning Director Audrey M. Hutchinson

NLC YEF Youth and Young Adult Connections Director Andrew O. Moore

NLC YEF Justice Reform and Youth Engagement Program Manager Laura Furr

NLC YEF Communications Principal Associate Emily Pickren

NLC YEF Education Senior Associate Miles Sandler

NLC YEF Senior Meeting and Event Planner Sharie Wood



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