Members of the Gender Equity Commission

Jessie Ramey

Jessie is the Founding Director of the Women’s Institute at Chatham University and Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. She is also the Founding Chair of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission. Dr. Ramey is a historian of gender, race, working families, and U.S. social policy. Her book, Child Care in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages, won the Lerner-Scott Prize in women’s history from the Organization of American Historians, the Herbert G. Gutman Prize from the Labor and Working-Class History Association, and the John Heinz Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance. For her work connecting scholarship and activism, she received the Feminist Change Agent Award from the National Women’s Studies Association, a Special Recognition Award from Strong Women/Strong Girls, Pittsburgh’s BEST Ally Award from SisTersPGH, and the Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement from the University of Pittsburgh. A parent of two seventh-generation Pittsburghers, Dr. Ramey lives in the city and has been active in the Pittsburgh Public Schools for 15 years.

Megan represents individuals in civil rights and employment matters, labor unions in organizing campaigns and litigation, and demonstrators who are arrested for protesting and civil disobedience. Megan graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She also holds a Master of Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Kelauni J. Cook (served 2018-2020)

Kelauni Cook founded Black Tech Nation (BTN) and co-founded Distributed49, a blockchain education and consulting company. Kelauni served on City Council's Startup and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.

Kathi R. Elliott (served 2018-2020)

Dr. Kathi Elliott began serving as the Executive Director of Gwen’s Girls in 2015. Dr. Elliott earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Chatham University and a dual Master’s degree in Nursing and Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Lee Fogarty (served 2018-2020)

Commissioner Fogarty is a psychologist and an executive coach. She was appointed to the Gender Equity Commission by Mayor Bill Peduto as a representative of the Pittsburgh4CEDAW group, which introduced and then worked to pass the Gender Equity Ordinance. 

Magdeline Jensen (served 2018)

From 2007-2018, Magdeline Jensen served as CEO of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. Jensen holds a Masters and Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at American University and California State University in the Criminology field.

Chelsea Pallatino (served 2018-2019)

Chelsea Pallatino researches at the intersection of substance use, sexual and reproductive health outcomes, and intimate partner violence among pregnant women with opioid use disorder. Chelsea obtained Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and an MPH/PhD from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH). 

Michael Strelic (served 2018-2020)

Michael represented City Council in his role as Budget Manager. The Budget Office monitors City finances and conducts analyses of City operations and policy matters.

Ricardo Williams (served 2018-2021)

From 2015-2021, Ricardo “ Rick” Williams promoted Equity and Inclusion for the City of Pittsburgh and helped to establish the Mayor's Office of Equity.