Erika Strassburger is a Member of Pittsburgh City Council, representing the city’s Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods. Her Council District includes Dor Hadash, New Light, and Tree of Life, the three congregations affected by the anti-Semitic attack at Tree of Life Synagogue on October 27th, 2018.
She was the first woman elected to this seat. Previously, Erika served as Chief of Staff for the district for four years under former-Councilman Dan Gilman. Prior to that, Councilperson Strassburger worked for nearly a decade in environmental advocacy.
Councilperson Strassburger serves on the board of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Parking Authority, Conservation Consultants Inc. (CCI), and the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center. She previously served on the boards of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Uncover Squirrel Hill. She also spends time serving as a Running Mentor for PUMPed to Run, a running and walking group composed of residents of local homeless shelters.
Councilperson Strassburger graduated with honors from Bucknell University with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in International Relations. She and her husband live in Squirrel Hill.