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
Rio Acuna Castillo, Artist and Activist – Elected 2020
Bonnie Fan, the People’s data wizard – Elected 2020
Debra Green, Duquesne Resident and Organizing Committee Leader, Coordinating Committee Recording Secretary – Elected 2018, Re-elected 2020
James Hanna, PPT Coordinating Committee Co-Vice Chair, Port Authority Bus Operator & Member of ATU Local 85 – Elected 2019
Kevin Joa, Port Authority Bus Operator & Member of ATU Local 85 – Elected 2019
Verna Johnson, Lincoln-Lemington Resident, Disability Justice Activist – Elected 2020
Alison Keating, PPT Coordinating Committee Treasurer, Manchester Resident – Elected 2018, Re-elected 2020
Gabriel McMoreland, Executive Director of the Thomas Merton Center – Joined 2017
Dean Mougianis, PPT Communications Committee Chair, Videographer & PPT Cofounder – Elected 2013, Re-elected, 2015, Re-elected 2017, Re-elected 2019
Briann Moye, PPT Coordinating Committee Chair, Environmental Justice Lead Organizer with One PA – Elected 2019
Mayor Nickole Nesby, Mayor of Duquesne – Elected 2019
Fawn Walker-Montgomery, McKeesport Resident, Executive Director of Take Action Mon Valley – Elected 2020
Non-voting “Emeritus” Board Members
Lisa Gonzalez, Carrick Resident and Housing Justice Leader – Served 2015-2020
Jonah McAllister-Erickson, PPT Coordinating Committee Chair, Librarian and Friendship Resident – Served 2010-2020
Sue Scanlon, PPT Coordinating Committee Co-Vice Chair, Port Authority Bus Operator, Member of ATU Local 85, and PPT Cofounder – Served 2012-2020
Joshua Malloy, Community Organizer, Hired 2018
Joshua Malloy started his organizing career as a worker organizer with Hospital Workers Rising, an organization backed by SEIU. He worked toward giving workers a voice on the job and fair and equitable wages. He saw the effect that poverty, racism, and gentrification had on his community and he wanted to do something to address it. Now working with Pittsburghers for Public Transit, he plans on continuing to fight to ensure that marginalized people’s voices are heard and respected.
Josh can be reached at email@example.com
Laura Chu Wiens, Executive Director, Hired 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Yablonsky, Director of Communications & Development, Hired 2018
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 email@example.com