Coordinating Committee and Staff

Pittsburghers for Public Transit is a grassroots democratic organization lead by our members. Since our start in 2010, PPT members vote annually on a slate of nominees to join the Coordinating Committee, which functions as PPT’s Board of Directors. The Coordinating Committee is responsible for hiring and overseeing paid staff, defining organizational and campaign goals, and ensuring the financial viability of the organization.

PPT Coordinating Committee

Alison Keating, PPT Coordinating Committee, Manchester Resident – Elected 2018, Re-elected 2020

Alison Keating, Manchester Resident

Barb Warwick, Greenfield Resident and PPT Vice Chair – Elected 2021

Barb Warwick, Greenfield Resident – Elected 2021

Bonnie Fan, the People’s data wizard – Elected 2020

Bonnie Fan, the People’s data wizard – Elected 2020

Dean Mougianis, PPT Communications Committee Chair, Videographer – Elected 2013, Re-elected 2015, Re-elected 2017, Re-elected 2019, Re-elected 2021

Dean Mougianis, Videographer & PPT Cofounder

Debra Green, Duquesne Resident and Organizing Committee Leader- Elected 2018, Re-elected 2020

Debra Green, Duquesne Resident

Fawn Walker-Montgomery, McKeesport Resident, Executive Director of Take Action Mon Valley and PPT Recording Secretary- Elected 2020

Fawn Walker-Montgomery, McKeesport Resident, Executive Director of Take Action Mon Valley

Gabriel McMoreland, Executive Director of the Thomas Merton Center – Joined 2017

Gabriel McMoreland, Executive Director of the Thomas Merton Center

Kevin Joa, Port Authority Bus Operator & Member of ATU Local 85 – Elected 2019, Re-elected 2021

Kevin Joa, Port Authority Bus Operator & Member of ATU Local 85

Mayor Nickole Nesby, Mayor of Duquesne and Coordinating Committee Treasurer – Elected 2019, Relected 2021

Mayor Nickole Nesby, Mayor of Duquesne

Paul W. O’Hanlon, City of Pittsburgh Resident, Disability Justice Advocate – Elected 2021

Paul W. O’Hanlon, City of Pittsburgh Resident, Disability Justice Advocate – Elected 2021

Swetha Jasti, City of Pittsburgh Resident – Elected 2021

Swetha Jasti, City of Pittsburgh Resident – Elected 2021

Verna Johnson, Lincoln-Lemington Resident, Disability Justice Activist and PPT Coordinating Committee Chair- Elected 2020

Verna Johnson, Lincoln-Lemington Resident, Disability Justice Activist

Non-voting “Emeritus” Board Members

Lisa Gonzalez, Carrick Resident and Housing Justice Leader – Served 2015-2020

Lisa Gonzalez, Carrick Resident

Jonah McAllister-Erickson, PPT Coordinating Committee Chair, Librarian and Friendship Resident – Served 2010-2020

Jonah McAllister-Erickson, PPT Coordinating Committee Chair, Librarian and Friendship Resident

Sue Scanlon, PPT Coordinating Committee Co-Vice Chair, Port Authority Bus Operator, Member of ATU Local 85, and PPT Cofounder – Served 2012-2020

Sue Scanlon, PPT Coordinating Committee Co-Vice Chair, Port Authority Bus Operator, Member of ATU Local 85, and PPT Cofounder

Staff

Cheryl Stephens, Community Organizer, Hired 2021

Cheryl Stephens, PPT’s Community Organizer

Growing up in Pittsburgh and an avid public transit rider, Cheryl has seen the developing landscape of transit and understands firsthand how access to transportation can have a life-changing impact on opportunity outcomes. Civic engagement, public outreach, and service to others run at the heart of her previous experiences, beginning with her as a resident assistant and serving as a senator in the Student Government Association in college. After graduating with bachelors degrees in History and Political Science from Penn State University, she worked as an organizer with NextGen America to increase young adult voter registration and electoral participation in State College, PA. In her free time, Cheryl enjoys going to the museum (any museum) and taking walks in the park.

Cheryl can be reached at cheryl@pittsburghforpublictransit.org

Dan Yablonsky, Director of Communications, Hired 2018

Dan Yablonsky, PPT’s Director of Communications & Development

After a drunk driver left him in a coma, hospitalized, and unable to walk for months, Dan became a committed advocate for the dignity of those who travel without a car. He worked for six years at BikePGH, where he started education programs, managed development, and mobilized communities to speak up for change in their streets. It was through the resident-led campaign to combat the Penn Plaza mass eviction that Dan got involved in housing justice issues. He works with PPT to center riders as leaders in campaigns for accessible transportation, affordable housing, public transparency, and our shared right to the city. Dan also loves to boogie-down, so invite him out to a dance floor near you!

Dan can be reached at 551-206-3320 or dan@pittsburghforpublictransit.org

Laura Chu Wiens, Executive Director, Hired 2017

Laura Chu Wiens, PPT’s Executive Director

Laura Chu Wiens has been a member of the PPT board since 2013 and involved in its resident campaigns to restore bus service to transit deserts. She assumed the staff position in June 2017. Laura has her roots in labor organizing with Unite HERE, and draws from her experience recruiting and training leaders in the service industry to mobilize transit riders in the fight for equity, access and transparency within our public agencies. Laura is Chinese-American, and believes in the collective power of people to transform their communities. In her free time, she sings with a jazz ensemble and plays with her two babes, Gabriel and Hazel.

Laura can be reached at (703) 424-0854 or laura@pittsburghforpublictransit.org

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