Chatham News

Pennsylvania Center for Women In Politics Director named to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women

PITTSBURGH: Dana Brown, Ph.D., the Executive Director of The Pennsylvania Center for Women In Politics at Chatham University, has been appointed a member of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. The Commission for Women consists of twenty-six members from across the state of Pennsylvania, and acts as an advocate for policies and legislation it feels serves the best interest of women and girls in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Commission for Women, which was created by Executive Order and consists of volunteer members, is responsible for advising the Pennsylvania Governor on policies and legislation that impact women; supporting economic and civic opportunities for women; encouraging mentoring programs for girls and young women; identifying programs and opportunities for the benefit and advancement of women; and serving as a resource center for Pennsylvania women.

About Dana Brown
Dr. Brown began her tenure as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women In Politics and assistant professor of political science at Chatham University in July of 2010. The White House has acknowledged her work at the Center by inviting her to participate in a conference on girls’ leadership and civic education. Dr. Brown earned her doctorate in American Politics and Women and Politics at Rutgers University where she also received her master’s degree in political science. Prior to her work at the Center she completed a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Allegheny College where she earned her BA in political science.

Dr. Brown is currently a member of the Community Advisory Board for the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s Center for Race & Gender Equity, the Executive Women’s Council and its Women on Boards Committee, and 74% Kitchen Cabinet at Robert Morris University Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management. Dr. Brown is also a Pennsylvania delegate to the Vision 2020 program at the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University, the Ellis School’s Council on Innovation, and serves on the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. In 2014 Dr. Brown was recognized in Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” and served on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Transition Team for the Department of State.

About The Pennsylvania Center for Women In Politics
The Pennsylvania Center for Women In Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is a non–partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment, and action.

The first to focus on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania, the Center integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education, and coalition building while examining the intersection of women and public policy. The Center conducts candidate and advocacy trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics, and provides timely analysis on women’s issues. The Center is also home to the University’s membership in Project Pericles – a select group of liberal arts colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to promoting participatory citizenship and social responsibility. More information at