FightFor15-McDsInsidePittsburgh United is a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. We aspire to create a community where all workers are able to care for themselves and raise their families, sharing in the prosperity generated by economic growth and development.

Our past and current campaigns have positioned us to forward an organizing strategy and policy agenda to make that vision a reality. Since our beginning in 2007, we have spearheaded and supported campaigns for:

  • Community benefit agreements to ensure equitable economic development in the Hill District and Northside
  • City ordinances that make sure publicly-funded development projects don’t contribute to air and water pollution
  • Good jobs with the right to form a union at places like UPMC, McDonald’s, the Rivers Casino, and dozens of other workplaces
  • Green infrastructure and community benefits in the federally-mandated sewer overhaul
  • Policies that guarantee affordable housing for all and protect residents from displacement
  • Safe, affordable, publicly-controlled water for all Pittsburgh residents

We are constantly developing organizing, education, advocacy, and communications strategies to fight and win progressive policy campaigns that ensure sustainable communities, raise standards for low-wage workers, and harness economic development and public investment for community benefit. Join us in building a better Pittsburgh for everyone.

Pittsburgh United is affiliated with The Partnership for Working Families, a national network of 19 leading regional advocacy organizations that support innovative solutions to our nation’s economic and environmental challenges.


Board of Directors

  • Rachel Filippini (Co-Chair), Executive Director, Group Against Smog and Pollution
  • Amanda Green-Hawkins, Director of Civil and Human Rights Department, United Steelworkers
  • Steve Hvozdovich, Pennsylvania Campaigns Coordinator, Clean Water Action
  • Reverend Rodney Lyde
  • Carl Redwood (Co-Chair), Chair, Hill District Consensus Group
  • Ken Regal (Treasurer), Executive Director, Just Harvest
  • Monica Ruiz, Executive Director, Casa San Jose
  • Silas Russell (Secretary), Political Director, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania
  • Tom Torres, Executive Director, Sierra Club PA Chapter


  • Jennifer Rafanan Kennedy, Executive Director
  • Celina Culver, Westmoreland County Organizer
  • Dan Davis, Economic Justice Organizer
  • Brandi Fisher, Organizing Director
  • Darrell Groomes, Chief of Staff
  • Jeimy Ibarra, Digital Organizer
  • Elspeth Koehle, Erie County Community Organizer
  • Marty Nwachukwu, Erie County Community Organizer
  • Celeste Scott, Affordable Housing Organizer
  • Deanna Sylte, Operations Manager
  • Alex Wallach Hanson, Field Organizer
  • Madeline Weiss, Environmental Justice Organizer
  • Dean Williams, Beaver County Community Organizer