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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2022

Press release

Mayor Ed Gainey appoints team to manage neighborhood and constituent services

Three key positions will focus on working collaboratively with city departments and community leaders to coordinate neighborhood initiatives and resolve constituent concerns

PITTSBURG – Mayor Ed Gainey today announced the appointment of three key positions to manage neighborhood and constituent services. Melvin “Brother Mel” Hubbard El has been appointed Community Advisor to the Mayor. Rebekkah Ranallo has been named Director of Neighborhood Services and Chrisarah Johnson has been named Community Liaison Officer. All three positions will focus on strengthening neighborhood partnerships and initiatives and addressing constituent concerns.

“I am proud to announce the appointments of Melvin Hubbard El, Rebekkah Ranallo and Chrisarah Johnson to my administration,” Mayor Gainey said. “One of my priorities as mayor is to ensure that our residents receive the best municipal services and have an open line of communication with their government. These individuals all bring a wealth of knowledge and commitment to public service and I am confident they will be invaluable to the residents of our city.

As the Mayor’s Community Advisor, Melvin “Brother Mel” Hubbard El will work to develop community outreach projects to support and advocate for a better quality of life for all city residents. As Neighborhood Services Manager, Rebekkah Ranallo will work with city departments and government agencies to ensure residents receive city services in a timely, cost-effective and satisfactory manner. Chrisarah Johnson will support Rebekkah in this community liaison role. Neighborhood Services will also attend community meetings and meet with citizens to keep them informed of city services and changes, provide community crisis response, and network with social service agencies, communities, businesses and interfaith organizations to promote cooperation, creative initiatives and involvement with the city.

Melvin “Brother Mel” Hubbard El is a proud graduate of our Pittsburgh Public Schools who previously served as Mayor Gainey’s Chief of Staff during his time in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He has spent much of his life improving the lives of families in the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. From his role as a mentor at Pittsburgh Westinghouse Academy to receiving numerous awards and honors for community service, he has more than 20 years of experience helping students, individuals, and families through strategic partnerships. and awareness.

Rebekkah has over ten years of experience in social impact and strategic communications. Previously, she served as Director of External Affairs for Maitri Medicinals, where she created social impact partnerships with community organizations and elected officials and established a people-centered culture through workforce development partnerships. creative work and DE&I programs. Chrisarah Johnson is a graduate of our Pittsburgh Public Schools, artist-entrepreneur, known advocate for South Side communities, and previously served as a classroom assistant providing support to students with autism in the district.

This release was updated at 3:19 p.m. to correct the name of Melvin Hubbard El.


Donald E. Patel