Welcome from the Chief Equity Officer
Welcome to the City of Pittsburgh Office of Equity. The Office of Equity was established in 2019 through an Executive Order signed by Mayor William Peduto that created the fifth equity office in the United States to support the administration’s priorities to make Pittsburgh a livable city for all. These priorities are reflected in the administrative structure of our office and affirm our commitment to vulnerable and underserved communities in Pittsburgh because when those communities succeed, our city becomes stronger.
We infuse our work with the belief that our young people and children, especially black young men and boys, and women of all ages deserve access to opportunities to succeed. All persons in our city deserve to feel respected, safe and welcome regardless of their race, identity, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, place of origin, housing status, substance use, age or veteran status. Our small businesses, especially those owned by minorities and women, deserve support to succeed to make our neighborhoods, communities and economy stronger.
We believe this work is dignifying and important for the City of Pittsburgh. This work is done in collaboration and partnership with all city departments, governmental agencies, local community organizations, and national organizations through creating policy, programs, and services that put people first because, as Mayor Peduto says - if it’s not for all, it’s not for us.
Chief Equity Officer
Office of Equity
The Office of Equity conducts continuous in-depth analysis of outcomes, services and best practices of city departments to examine how they are contributing to inequity around the City of Pittsburgh. They provide recommendations on policies and national best practices to address systemic inequities in government and cities.
The Office of Equity for the City of Pittsburgh seeks to normalize social and racial equity within city government and our communities. Our staff works closely with community partners, government agencies, experts and communities to inform and implement equitable policies, programs, procedures and expenditures to make Pittsburgh a community for all.
The Office of Equity for the City of Pittsburgh works to see a Pittsburgh where all city residents have access to the opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, advance their well-being and achieve their full potential where social and economic outcomes cannot be projected based upon race, gender, age, or sexual orientation.
The Office of Equity serves as the administrative liaison for the following City of Pittsburgh advisory groups, committees and commissions:
Coming Soon - LGBTQIA+ Commission
Read more about the new LGBTQIA+ Commission
Read about the Pittsburgh Equity Indicators Here