DISTRICT 6 DANIEL LAVELLE

Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle

Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle

Robert Daniel Lavelle was born and raised in the Hill District of the City of Pittsburgh. He attended Pittsburgh Public Schools and graduated from Schenley High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University in 2000. Then in 2002, he completed the Leadership Pittsburgh program.

Until January 2010 his professional career involved working as a Legislative Aide for former City Councilman Sala Udin, and then Chief of Staff for the 19th Legislative District's Honorable State Representative Jake Wheatley, Jr. Through these positions, Daniel honed his skills as an advocate for working-class families, seniors, fair governance, and good democracy. He has served with Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) where he learned the inner-workings of government and how to best implement public policy that benefits neighborhood residents.

In addition to his public service, Daniel works for his family's business, Lavelle Real Estate, Inc. in various capacities including real estate brokerage. His strong work ethic comes from a tradition of family entrepreneurs whose businesses have served as cornerstones for empowering local residents and strengthening our City through good and bad times.

Motivated by his parents, Robert and Phillis Lavelle, and his grandparents, Robert and Adah Lavelle, Daniel has consistently pursued the values and practices associated with public service. His family-instilled commitment to providing service for people was reinforced by his grandfather's advice, "If you recognize a problem and then can grasp the nature of the solution, then you have an obligation to use your talents to help fix the problem."

Following his grandfather's words, Daniel chose a career in public service to help fix the myriad of problems facing his community. Daniel's significant experience in bringing people together is also driven by his passion for building coalitions amongst citizens, elected officials, and interest groups. In 2009, Daniel further followed his grandfather's advice and ran for Pittsburgh City Council. He was first elected in 2010, thereafter securing reelection bids in 2014, 2018, and most recently in 2022.

Since being elected into office, Councilman Lavelle has served with a spirit of collaboration with his Council colleagues, the Mayor’s Administration, and the City’s, County’s and State’s various governmental departments and authorities. He emphasizes the importance of addressing issues such as public safety, job preparation and development, housing, economic development and access to quality education from pre-school through college. His goal is to ensure the district is made attractive, safe, and prosperous for everyone. He believes people will come back to live here and our children will stay here and succeed.

District 6 encompasses part of the Northside (Manchester, Chateau, California-Kirkbride, Marshall-Shadeland, part of Central Northside, Perry Hilltop), part of Downtown, Uptown, the Hill District and Oak Cliffe. The district lies in the core of the City of Pittsburgh and the Southwestern Pennsylvania region.

Councilman Lavelle is currently serving a term as President of City Council. As such, he is also the Chair of Hearings, which is responsible for the scheduling of appointments/reappointments, executive sessions, public hearings and public meetings. Councilman Lavelle also serves on the URA Board as Vice Chair, the Municipal Pension Board, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Board, the Downtown Neighbors Association Board, and the Carnegie Library Board. In addition, he is an Assistant Boy Scout Master for Troop 93, based in the Hill District.

Councilman Lavelle is also a proud licensed Real Estate Agent with Lavelle Real Estate, Inc., a family owned and operated full service real estate firm since 1951. He is also Vice-President of a local film company, Fear No Man Productions, LLC.

Daniel, as family and friends know him, lives in the Hill District with his wife Rachel Riley-Lavelle, a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh. They are the proud parents of daughter Saniya and son Elijah. They reside in the Hill District.

Councilman Lavelle is also a proud licensed Real Estate Agent with Lavelle Real Estate, Inc., a family owned and operated full service real estate firm since 1951. He is also Vice-President of a local film company, Fear No Man Productions, LLC.

Councilman Lavelle was recognized by Cystic Fibrosis as one of Pittsburgh's 50 Finest in 2002. Pittsburgh Magazine most recently recognized him for being one of Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 in 2009.

Daniel, as family and friends know him, lives in the Hill District with his wife Rachel Riley-Lavelle, a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh. They are the proud parents of daughter Saniya and son Elijah. They reside in the Hill District.