Communications Director to Leave Role with City

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 30, 2021) Mayor William Peduto announced today that Communications Director Molly Onufer will be leaving her role with the City.  

Onufer started working for the City in December of 2016 in the Office of Community Affairs, where she served as manager from 2017-2019. Mayor Peduto appointed her Assistant Communications Director in January 2020 and then Communications Director in July 2021.  

In her role with Community Affairs, Onufer worked directly with neighborhood organizations and community groups to listen to their needs, assist them with city services and resolve neighborhood concerns. 

During her time in the communications office, Onufer served as the press secretary (first as deputy) and she also: 

  • Created centralized support for city departments’ social media managers through hosting monthly meetings and introduced analytics tracking 
  • Developed rapid communications plans related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including moving press conferences and city events online, organizing a database for city staff to reference when residents called for help or information and managing the City’s COVID-19 website 
  • Introduced new ideas for communicating important city services and programs for residents such as through bus shelter ads, mobility hub ads and the Monday Morning Post, the City's weekly online news roundup 

"Molly has been a longtime friend and trusted advisor," said Mayor Peduto. "In her time with the City, Molly has worked to find new, effective means for communicating with the public. I’d like to thank her for telling the City’s story – first in person to city residents at community meetings and then as a spokesperson for the City.”

Onufer’s last day with the City will be Friday, December 3 before she joins Millcraft Investments as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations.  

Chief of Staff Dan Gilman will be the main point of contact for media inquiries. 


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Molly Onufer
Communications Director
Mayor's Office