Lindsay Powell has been selected by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee members residing in PA HD 21 as the Democratic Nominee for the upcoming special election on September 19. She will face a Republican opponent on the ballot to replace the seat recently resigned by Sara Innamorato. Holding this seat is vital in ensuring we maintain the narrow Democratic majority in the PA State House.
Lindsay Powell has always been passionate about social justice and equitable development.
Working in government and politics throughout her whole career, she is a dedicated advocate and
community servant who has always centered our most vulnerable Pittsburghers and puts the needs
of our neighbors first.
Growing up, Lindsay knew the value of hard work because her family demonstrated it everyday. She
saw what it was like to work hard and still not feel like you could make it ends meet, and sees
that same struggle across our communities. She not only grew to emulate their work ethic but
used it as inspiration for all of the roles she assumed next.
Despite those challenges, Lindsay has had the opportunity to work for progressive leaders like
Senator Chuck Schumer, Representative Hakeem Jeffries and former President Barack Obama in
the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, on issues of equitable development, criminal justice
reform and social justice issues. Lindsay also spent almost half a decade working as the Assistant
Chief of Staff for the City of Pittsburgh where she ran the legislative agenda on behalf of city
departments. There she was also responsible for policy and program implementation which included
modernizing our city recreation centers, creating a small business-focused revitalization plan for
main streets across the city and pushing for more funding for affordable housing.
Lindsay currently works at a small non-profit organization that grows and diversifies Pittsburgh’s
emerging technology community by investing in entrepreneurs and underrepresented technologists.
She serves on several boards that speak to her experience implementing critical poverty alleviating
programs, expanding resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs and running housing
programs for homeowners and renters. Currently, she serves on Urban Redevelopment Authority
(URA), NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania and the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, where she
funds multimillion dollar projects that serve Pittsburghers all across the region with food programs,
homeownership services and funding for innovative equitable development projects. Lindsay is a
proud alumna of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the New Leaders Council and a former Mentor with Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. She has been recognized for her work and commitment
to the public good as a recipient of the Pittsburgh Couriers’ “Fab Forty” in 2019 and Pittsburgh
Magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2018.
Lindsay has a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College (MA) in Sociology and a Masters in Science in
Public Policy and Management, both through academic scholarships, and is a proud recipient of the
CMU Otto A. Davis Award, given to the student that exemplifies the College’s commitment to social
justice and racial equality. She also received a Fulbright Scholarship to Pantai Remis, Malaysia to
teach English classes within some of the local secondary schools. One program she ran for girls
interested in environmental justice received national recognition through the Malaysian Department
You can read more about the nomination process here: https://www.wesa.fm/politics-government/2023-07-29/dems-pick-lindsay-powell-as-nominee-for-state-house-seat-vacated-by-innamorato