CHR: Staff

Megan Stanley, Executive Director

Megan Stanley joined the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in April of 2018. She has over 10 years of progressive experience in social policy and advocacy, ranging from direct service to policy research and analysis, with a focus on low-income and vulnerable populations. Her areas of expertise include program design, technical assistance, and evaluation. Megan holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Northwestern University.

Wesley Speary, Deputy Director

Wesley joined the Commission in September 2019. Prior to joining the PghCHR, Wesley worked for the City’s Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections, analyzing City Code and Department policies and practices. Before that, he worked as legal aid attorney, representing clients in and conducting outreach on landlord-tenant, subsidized house, fair housing, consumer protection, custody, and domestic violence matters. Wesley has a Law degree and Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Emily F. Costello, Commission Representative
Emily F. Costello joined the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in March of 2017. Prior to joining the PghCHR, Emily served for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Office of Sustainability under the Department of Innovation and Performance. Emily has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Gerontology from Shippensburg University. 

Emily was featured on City Channel Pittsburgh's Employee Showcase in August 2018 - Check it out!

Christopher Soult, Commission Representative

Chris joined the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in April of 2019. Chris spent seven years working in administrative support and program management in government and nonprofit offices, and has a unique combination of experience in academic excellence in public policy, intergovernmental knowledge, and directing human capital. Chris has a Master's degree in public administration, urban and regional affairs, from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Jam Hammond, Commission Representative

Jam joined the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in March of 2019. Jam has a desire to create lasting change for the communities of Pittsburgh, and to lead diverse groups toward powerful collaboration and mutual understanding. Jam has a Master's degree in Public Administration and Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Rita Turpin Porterfield, Commission Representative

Rita, a fourth generation Pittsburgher from the Bloomfield neighborhood, joined the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in July of 2019. She attended Pittsburgh Public High Schools and went on to American University in Washington, D.C. There she earned Bachelor’s degrees in Audio Technology and Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government. Rita then attended Duquesne Law School and, after passing the bar exam, served as a law clerk in rural Pennsylvania for five years. 

Cheryl San Miron, Administrative Assistant
Cheryl has been employed with the City of Pittsburgh since 1998, initially in the Department of Innovation & Performance (then known as City Information Systems), followed by the Department of Finance. In 2011, Ms. San Miron transferred to the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, where she functions as an Administrative Assistant. 


Rachel Salem Shepherd, Secretary
Rachel joined the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in June of 2016.  Prior to joining the PghCHR, Rachel worked as a paralegal for various Pittsburgh law firms, as an executive and legal assistant in a corporate office for a local steel company, and as an assistant to the Zoning Administrator in the Department of City Planning. Rachel has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Point Park University with specialties in Global Cultural Studies and Forensics.