Mayor Peduto Named Co-Chair of US Conference of Mayors Committee on Eliminating Poverty

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 2, 2020) Mayor William Peduto has been named co-chair of a national committee on Eliminating Poverty by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

Fischer has created five bipartisan committees to review and inform key nationwide policy ideas through the end of July, which will be placed in the Mayors’ 2020 Vision for America. That vision plan will be issued to both the Democratic and Republican conventions in August. 

The committees are: 

  1. Police Reform and Racial Justice  
  2. COVID-19 Response and Health Equity 
  3. Eliminating Poverty 
  4. Dismantling Systemic Racism 
  5. Economic Recovery 

Mayor Peduto will co-chair the Eliminating Poverty committee with Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton and Mayor Michelle De La Isla of Topeka.  

Mayor Tubbs is the founder of Mayors for Guaranteed Income, a groundbreaking initiative of a dozen cities nationwide that Pittsburgh joined on Wednesday.

Other members of the committee are: Mayor London Breed of San Francisco, Mayor Steve Williams of Huntington (WV), Mayor Victoria Woodards of Tacoma (WA), Mayor Kathy Sheehan of Albany, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge, Mayor Acquanetta Warren of Fontana, Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose, Mayor Jamael Tito Brown of Youngstown, and Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird of Lincoln. 

Their mission is the following: 

“The grind of poverty impedes the dreams and potential of our people. This working group will seek to eliminate poverty in America and increase upward mobility by considering policy reforms in the following areas: education, jobs, workforce disruption caused by COVID-19 and technology, opportunities for youth, affordable housing, community and economic development, banking, tax policy, and support for minority and women-owned small businesses. The group will develop recommendations on the reforms, resources, and private and intergovernmental partnerships needed to implement economic models that create a growing and inclusive middle-class in the U.S.” 



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Timothy McNulty
Communications Director
Mayor's Office