Councilperson Erika Strassburger
Erika Strassburger is a Member of Pittsburgh City Council serving District 8, which includes the Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods. She was the first woman elected to this seat. During her time on Council, Erika's legislative accomplishments include a firearms bill to prevent gun violence, pregnancy fairness legislation to prohibit employment discrimination against pregnant workers and their partners, and updating City Code to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Additionally, Erika championed important legislation to update Pittsburgh's Waste and Recycling Code, to further the City's Zero Waste Goal.
Previously, Erika served as Chief of Staff for the district under former-Councilman Dan Gilman. Prior to that, Councilperson Strassburger worked for nearly a decade for environmental advocacy organizations PennEnvironment and Environment New Hampshire.
Councilperson Strassburger serves on the board of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Parking Authority, Conservation Consultants Inc. (CCI), and the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center. She previously served on the boards of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Uncover Squirrel Hill. She also spends time serving on the advisory committee for the NCJW Center for Women, and is a NEWDeal Pro-Growth Progressive Leader.
Councilperson Strassburger graduated with honors from Bucknell University with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in International Relations. She and her husband live in Squirrel Hill with their son, Evan.