OFFICE OF FILM & EVENT MANAGEMENT

Special Events Committee

Once an application is received and logged, it moves on to the vetting process via the Special Events Committee. The Special Events Committee is a group of representatives from various City departments, including Public Safety, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Emergency Management, and Pittsburgh Regional Transit. This group meets every Tuesday morning to review the applications received the previous week, and to continue discussion on any applications that have been held over from the previous week.

The job of this committee is to review each application and determine if the proposed event is viable, make sure the dates and locations requested are available, ensure that proper procedure is being followed, and that any needed City resources are properly allocated and not over-booked.

If necessary, the committee may request that an organizer attend a committee meeting to further discuss their proposed event, and to work one-on-one with department representatives to iron out any needs from the respective departments.

The members of the Special Events Committee are:

Lee Schmidt Public Safety Director Dept. of Public Safety
Takeena White Assistant Director, Operations and Policy Dept. of Public Safety
Alisha West Executive Assistant to the Public Safety Director Dept. of Public Safety
Brian Katze Manager, Office of Film & Event Management Office of Film & Event Management
Madison Ware Film & Event Permit Coordinator Office of Film & Event Management
Anna Boekenhauer Film & Event Permit Coordinator Office of Film & Event Management
Bill Crean Streets Superintendent Dept. of Public Works
Joe Rush Parks Operations Manager Dept. of Public Works
Allison Schmidt Permits Office Dept. of Public Works
Sergey Brodskiy Project Engineer Dept. of Mobility & Infrastructure
Aaron Travers, MCP Construction Plans Examiner Dept. of Permits, Licenses, & Inspections
Alan Hausman Emergency Management Planner Emergency Management & Homeland Security
Lisa Epps-Cuda Master Firefighter & Inspector Bureau of Fire
Jennifer McDermott-Grubb Division Chief Emergency Medical Services
Wanda Duncan Commander Bureau of Police – Planning Unit
Chuck Henderson Lieutenant Bureau of Police – Planning Unit
Robert Plata Police Officer Bureau of Police – Planning Unit
Brian Marckisotto Police Officer Bureau of Police – Planning Unit
Chuck Rompala Road Operations Pittsburgh Regional Transit
Darnise Demery Special Services, Events, & Detours Pittsburgh Regional Transit
Jessica Delaney Special Services, Events, & Detours Pittsburgh Regional Transit
Jonathan Furman Lead Park Ranger Dept. of Public Safety
Susan Lucas Communications Specialist Dept. of Parks & Recreation