Jen lives in Moon Township with her husband, two young children, and an unnecessary amount of pets. After a decade in college administration, she’s now a small business owner working as an educational consultant who counsels high school students and their families through the college admissions process. She is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, and a member of the Pennsylvania Association of College Admissions Counseling, Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, and Pittsburgh Women’s Mastermind for Entrepreneurs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in writing from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, and completed all coursework in the Master of Science in Education program at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.
Devon L. Taliaferro is a native of Pittsburgh, PA currently living in the East Allegheny (Deutschtown) section of the North Side. With a background in event planning and community organizing, Devon seeks to use her natural gifts and talents to make an impact on the communities throughout the City of Pittsburgh. She is a proud alumna of Public Allies Pittsburgh 2015-2016 cohort and served with Amachi Pittsburgh during her year of AmeriCorps service with Public Allies. Devon currently serves as Program Associate with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. She coordinates programming for the “Bigs in Blue” program, which pairs law enforcement agents in one-to-one mentoring relationships with children in the communities they serve. The program currently works with elementary children from Pittsburgh Public Schools and North Allegheny SD matched with Bigs from McCandless PD and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She also assists with the mentor2.0 program at Brashear High School providing community enrichment opportunities for students. Working closely with the Chief Community Affairs Officer on recruitment efforts, Devon reaches adult volunteers and families to benefit from BBBS services through developing partnerships, coordinating events, and speaking on behalf of the agency.
In addition to her work at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Devon is active in the community as a volunteer and leader. She serves as Board President of Get Involved, Volunteer Course Coordinator for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, and as a mentor to Ra’Naija (2016) and A’ona (2017). Her efforts led her to being selected in as The Incline’s Who’s Next: Community Leaders & Activists (2017), recipient of the Pittsburgh Circle of Courage in Education (2018) and The New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence (2018).
I have been a resident of the Woodland HIlls School District for most of my life, in Forest HIlls as a child, East Pittsburgh as an adolescent, and currently residing in Edgewood with my husband and daughter. I am also a Woodland Hills High School graduate and was a student at the former Good Shepherd Catholic School in Braddock prior to that.
My ties to the district and the individual communities it encompasses are vast and longstanding. In my professional career, I have spent the majority of my time working in the non-profit sector and am passionate about working towards changing systems of inequality.
I feel my personal experience of having lived in socioeconomically diverse areas of the district affords me a unique perspective which would be an asset to the board. I am dedicated to the notion that ALL kids in Woodland HIlls are deserving of respect,dignity, and access to a quality education that prepares them for their future.
If elected, I will utilize my first-hand experience in conjunction with my parenting and professional expertise to advocate for and argue in the best interest of the residents of Braddock, Rankin, Swissvale, and Edgewood and their children.
My name is Richard E Bradford. I am 32 years old and a lifelong resident of the Borough of Wilkinsburg. During my formative years growing up in Wilkinsburg, I attended Wilkinsburg Public School System graduating from Wilkinsburg High School in June 2005. After graduating from Wilkinsburg High School, I attended the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. While attending Edinboro; I majored in History focusing on Biography and Archiving. After graduating from Edinboro in December 2008; I’ve moved back to Wilkinsburg.
My first employment post-graduation was working for a third-party mortgage processing company during the height of the great recession/mortgage crisis of the early 2000s. During my 2 1/2 year tenure working for this third-party mortgaging processing company; I learned a great deal about mortgages, taxation, and the effect of the real estate industry on the economy and local municipalities. After the housing market stabilized I took employment with Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, and Families as a caseworker, and then eventually being promoted as a program specialist.
After 3 1/2 years as a public administrator with Allegheny County; I decided to take a position with a federal government contractor working for the Congressional Library of Congress. This position lasted for about 18 months which at that point I returned to Wilkinsburg and accepted an Assistant Manager position for Kuhn’s Market in which I currently hold.
Prior to my moving to the DC Metro area; I was/still am I highly respected member of the Wilkinsburg Community. I have served my community and numerous capacities. I served one term on the Wilkinsburg Borough School District Board of Education. Which I held the position of vice president for two years, chair of the Public Relations/School Image committee, co-chaired the Policy and Procedure committee, the school district representatives to the borough’s Park and Recreation committee, the school districts representative to the Pennsylvania School Board Association as well as the National School Board Association, and serving as the unofficial liaison of the school board to any local gathering that would benefit of having a school board representative present.
In my leisure time, I have served or participated on numerous boards, committees, and civic organizations including but not limited to the Kiwanis Club of Wilkinsburg, the Wilkinsburg Historical Society, the Wilkinsburg Sun, and many more. I am currently single never married without any offspring.
I’m currently seated on the Sewickley Borough Council, serving as Secretary of the Sewickley Democrats, and an active member of the Quaker Valley Democrats.
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Dynamic Professional with Public & Private Sector experience.
Sewickley Community Center
Past Volunteer Positions:
Planned Parenthood of Western PA
NARAL PGH Steering Committee
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Jacob grew up in Kittanning, Pennsylvania and has lived in the Summer Hill area of Pittsburgh for 5 years.
He has been involved in Democratic politics and progressive organizations for over ten years, beginning with volunteering for the campaign of Ed Rendell for Governor in 2006. He served as a field intern for Hillary Clinton for President in 2008, and a communications intern for Dan Onorato for Governor in 2010. He also gained valuable experience interning with the communications office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl in 2009.
Moreover, along with his internship experiences, Jacob has volunteered with the campaigns of Barack Obama for President 2008/2012, Corey O’Connor for City Council 2011, and Hillary Clinton for President in 2016. Currently, he serves as an Allegheny County Democratic Committeeman for Pittsburgh’s 26th Ward.
Jacob graduated from Duquesne University and works for Bonobos. He also serves as the treasurer of the Summer Hill Citizen’s Committee and is currently pursuing his MBA at Point Park University.
Ashley Lynn Priore is Pittsburgh native and a current student at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in English and Business with a focus on political science, legal studies, and psychology. An award-winning and nationally ranked player under the United States Chess Federation, Ashley is a competitive chess player, writer and poet, and social entrepreneur. In 2014, Ashley founded The Queen’s Gambit Chess Institute, a Pittsburgh based non-profit organization dedicated to teaching chess to the community and ensuring every child has the necessary tools and opportunities to learn the game through a twenty-first-century approach to education. A chess educator, programmer, and leader around the city, Ashley and the Queen’s Gambit have made partnerships with Pittsburgh City Government, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Remake Learning, City Schools and many more to use chess to impact the city. Ashley is an innovate speaker and activist with a message to change the greater community through positive leadership. She started playing competitive chess at the age of four and began teaching at eight years old. Ashley currently serves as the only female and youngest board member of the Pittsburgh Chess Club, the PA Chess Coordinator under the Women’s Committee, and a member of the Advisory Team for Kidsburgh. Ashley is also a member of the Pittsburgh Women’s Alliance and Women in Digital Pittsburgh. Ashley is a catalyst for change who started her own business at the early age of 14 years old.
Chris Rosselot began his career in public service working as an aide for US Senator Bob Casey in Pittsburgh. Chris focused on regional issues including economic and community development, environmental stewardship, transportation improvements, infrastructure projects, increasing healthcare access, and expanding early childhood education.
After leaving public service, Chris has played an integral role in community development projects in under-served communities. Chris has experience working with local governments, redevelopment authorities, non-profits, lenders and private investors in advancing projects that help revitalize communities, create local jobs, and increase tax revenue. Chris is also an active community volunteer and the former President of the Community Alliance of Spring Garden and East Deutschtown (CASGED), where he helped drive neighborhood initiatives, increase grant dollars, and expand participation in neighborhood meetings and events.
Chris has been a proud Northsider since he first moved to Pittsburgh in 2003. Chris and his wife Genevieve were married at St. Anthony’s Chapel in Troy Hill and now live in Spring Garden where they’re raising their two little native Northsiders a few doors down from Chris’ parents. Their two children attend Pittsburgh Public’s Allegheny Traditional Academy on the Northside.
When Chris has free time you may find him paddling in his kayak on the Allegheny River or hiking in Riverview Park. As an avid baseball fan and former Division 1 pitcher, Chris also enjoys walking down to PNC Park to take in a Buccos game.