CHR COMMISSIONERS

PghCHR Commissioners

Commission Factsheet

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The Rev. Liddy Barlow (Commission Chairperson) serves as Executive Minister of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania. She is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ. She lives in East Liberty with her husband Greg and their two kids, Pippa and Edmund. 

Tracy C Baton LCSW (she/her) is a Black LGBTQ psychotherapist, community organizer, and clinical social worker. She has supported Pittsburgh youth and families for more than a decade.  Tracy’s training includes culturally competent therapy,  CBT, motivational interviewing, person-centered planning, and family-focused treatment. She is also a trained anti-racism organizer and SOGIE trainer.  Tracy is an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a BA in anthropology and a Master's in social work. In addition, she is an alumnus of the University of Florida, where she received a Master's in Medical Anthropology and a Masters in African history.  Among her many honors are the William J. Fulbright (IIE) Fellowship, the Linda S. Vance Award for Historical Writing on Women, a University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Scholarship, a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, and a Ford Foundation Fellowship.  She has also received two “Best of Pittsburgh” awards.

Wasiullah (Wasi) Mohamed is a life-long Pennsylvania resident and community advocate committed to changing systems and structures that perpetuate poverty and inequity. Wasi has focused his career on building bridges across diverse communities and developing campaigns of collective action. Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Foundation in 2020, Wasi served as the Pittsburgh Director of Community Entrepreneurship for Forward Cities, and as the Executive Director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. 

Rabbi Jamie Gibson is the Emeritus Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill where he served from 1988-2020.  He is glad to participate in the work of the Commission because, in his words, “Justice for all Pittsburghers is our unique charge.  We help people of all backgrounds deal with charges of discrimination. To me this is a religious obligation, as it says in Deuteronomy, 'Justice, justice, shall you pursue.'"

Biography coming soon!

Alberto Benzaquen Economist /MBA Intl business - PA State Auditor (Dep. Auditor General) USA Citizen - Immigrant/Human Being/ Helper - passionate about equity/ human rights/ empathetic ( being in other people shoes most of the time ) while walking my own walk.  happily married with Alexandra. Travelers ( no tourists), Cooking, all my Family in Spain.  everything else in my LinkedIn profile. 

Genevieve Rosselot has been serving as a commissioner since 2023. She is a lifelong Pittsburgher who has lived on all sides of the city and currently resides in the North Side.  We are the home of Mister Rogers neighborhood but we know from recent studies that not all of our neighbors are thriving. It's an honor to play a small part protecting human rights and advancing equity in the City.

Luz Blandon, a native of Colombia, is the Executive Vice President for Immigrant Children Services of the Holy Family Institute and was honored in 2020 as one of Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 Under 40 for her work helping minors who come to the United States and trying to foster a more welcoming Pittsburgh.

Namita Dwarakanath (she/her) joins the commission from a background in public health and law. She previously worked in anti-violence spaces, particularly those centered on gender-based violence, in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. I am grateful to be part of the Commission because I believe that our collective safety is tied to our collective equality, rights, and dignity.

Carleen King, MBA, is graduate of Point Park Univeristy and the owner of Carmi Soul Food Restaurant since 2011 along with her husband, Michael. She joined the Commission in 2023.

Teaira Collins is a founder and food equity ambassador on the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Food Policy Counil, the owner and founder of Lion of Judah Enterprises, an elected board member of Pittsburghers for Public Transit and since 2023, a Commissioner, too.