Chatham University

Staff

Dana Brown, Ph.D.

Dana Brown

PCWP Executive Director
Assistant Professor of Political Science
(412) 365-2725

Dr. Dana Brown began her tenure as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics and assistant professor of political science at Chatham University in July of 2010. 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. Dr. Brown has presented research on women in politics, political psychology, political media, and political participation by women of color.

Dr. Brown is also active in the community. She currently serves in the following capacity: Governor Wolf's Pennsylvania Commission for Women, PLEN's (Public Leadership Education Network) Board of Directors, Adagio Health's Advisory Council, a Pennsylvania delegate to the Vision 2020 program at the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University, an Advisory Board member to 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, and the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Dr. Brown's work and leadership in women and politics has been recognized in the following ways: the Obama White House acknowledged her work at the Center by inviting her to participate in a conference on girls' leadership and civic education. In 2014 Dr. Brown was recognized in Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh's "40 Under 40." In 2018 City & State PA recognized Dr. Brown as one of 25 women from across the Commonwealth who have exhibited exemplary leadership in their field as well as earning AAUW PA's Gateway to Equity Award.

Annie Guadagnino

Annie Guadagnino

Program Coordinator
(412) 365-1878

Annie Guadagnino is the Program Coordinator for the Center. Before joining PCWP's staff in 2012 she was a Campaign Director for Fund for the Public Interest and a Campus Organizer for the Public Interest Research Group. Annie is a 2009 graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science.

Claire Raines

Claire Raines

Outreach Assistant

Claire Raines is a Senior at Chatham University, majoring in Social Work with a minor in Food Studies with a Women's Leadership Certificate. She serves as the Outreach Assistant for the PCWP. Claire conducts outreach with students and student organizations on campus, in addition to the Center's various partners. One of her main tasks is to assist students in registering to vote and work with the Program Assistant to plan events throughout the year. Her interests include food access policy and voter advocacy. She someday hopes to work for a nonprofit to address food insecurity and eventually run for local or state office.

Lalah C. Williams

Lalah C. Williams

Program Assistant

Lalah C. Williams (she/hers) is a senior at Chatham University majoring in Policy Studies and pursuing the Women's Leadership Certificate. Lalah is passionate about engaging youth & young adults in the political process, combating voter suppression, state and local politics, and Black maternal health care policy.

Dedicated to community service through leadership, Lalah serves as the Vice President for Student Diversity & Inclusion of Chatham Undergraduate Student Government, serves on the university's Diversity and Inclusion Council, and is an active member of the Chatham Democrats. At PCWP, Lalah conducts research, aides in designing, promoting, and executing events, and creates programming opportunities for students to become more involved in the political process.

Michaela Snider

Michaela Snider

Outreach Coordinator

Michaela Snider is a current AmeriCorps member with Public Allies Pittsburgh and is serving as the Outreach Coordinator for the PCWP during her 10-month national leadership development program. Michaela recently graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Muskingum University in New Concord, OH. She is passionate about housing justice and anti-poverty education, as well as ensuring that women and other underrepresented populations have their voices heard.

Lexus Griffin

LexusGriffin

Graduate Assistant

Lexus Griffin is a first year Masters student in Chatham's Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program. She is excited to be a graduate assistant and is eager to learn all she can from Pittsburgh's Center for Women & Politics!

Haley Koch

Haley Koch

Graduate Assistant

Haley Koch is in her first year of Chatham's Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program. She recently graduated from Albright college with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology. She is a passionate advocate for mental health and women's rights.

Rachel Wolfe

Rachel Wolfe

Communications Assistant

Rachel Wolfe is a Senior majoring in Policy Studies and minoring in History. She is the current President of the Chatham University College Democrats. She is the former President of the Chatham Cold Case Club and is active in Student Government's Communications and Engagement Committee. Rachel is currently looking into graduate programs and hopes to someday work in the area of criminal justice reform.