To protect public health, the Board of The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will hold the upcoming October Board Meeting via a telephone conference line.
The meeting will occur Friday, October 23, at 10:00 am. The dedicated telephone conference information is as follows:
Conference Call Phone Number: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting/Webinar ID: 882-2660-3773
While on the conference line, you will be able to listen to the board meeting, but board members will not be able to hear you. PWSA is accommodating requests for public comment using the conference line. If you wish to make a public comment at this meeting, please submit a request to speak by going to www.pgh2o.com/request-speak-board-meeting at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting.
For more information on PWSA's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, go to www.pgh2o.com/covid-19.
The PWSA Board of Directors is the governing body of the Authority. The Board is responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight to the PWSA management team, as well as adopting the Authority’s annual operating and capital budgets, approving contracts, and setting rates. Rate changes proposed by the Board are subject to final review and approval by the Public Utility Commission (PUC). Board Members are nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.
All PWSA Board Meetings are held in the Board Room, on the 1st floor of 1200 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Board meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. every fourth Friday of the month, with exceptions for holidays.
Upcoming Board Meetings are listed on the Events & Meetings page.
Request to Speak at a Board Meeting
If you would like to make a public comment at a Board Meeting, please fill out the Request to Speak at a Board Meeting webform.
A notice of ten (10) days prior to date of regular meeting must be given to the Executive Director or the Chairman in order to address the Board.
Paul Leger serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. He has extensive experience in public sector and nonprofit management and in projects that support government and public education.
Erika Strassburger is a Member of Pittsburgh City Council, representing the city’s Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods. Prior to her time in local government, Erika worked for nearly a decade in environmental advocacy. Erika 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 with their son, Evan.
Former City of Pittsburgh official and adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Jim Turner currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. He also worked with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and at the Pennsylvania Economy League.
Since receiving his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 1983, Michael Domach has served on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University as a Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Domach’s many accomplishments include being appointed Editor of Biotechnology Progress, authoring multiple significant research publications, and receiving a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.
Audrey J. Murrell is currently Professor and Associate Dean within the College of Business Administration. She is also the Director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Business. Dr. Murrell conducts research on mentoring, careers in organizations, workplace/supplier diversity and social issues in management. This work has been published widely in management and psychology journals including several books: “Mentoring Dilemmas: Developmental Relationships within Multicultural Organizations” (with Crosby and Ely); “Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge and Relationships” (with Forte-Trummel and Bing); and, the recent book entitled, “Mentoring Diverse Leaders: Creating Change for People, Processes and Paradigms” (McGraw-Hill) with Stacy Blake-Beard. Dr. Murrell serves as a consultant in the areas of mentoring, leadership development, and diversity/inclusion. Audrey’s community service activities include having served on and chaired a number of non-profit and community boards.
BJ Leber has been President & CEO of Adagio Health since 2014. During her time at Adagio Health, she has led the organization to expand services and geographic coverage; and Adagio Health has become a regional leader in women-focused healthcare delivery and advocacy. Adagio Health serves 110,000 patients and clients per year in Pennsylvania.
BJ is a recognized leader in the field of nonprofit management. She previously served as President & CEO of The Western Pennsylvania Hospital Foundation. Prior to that, she served as Interim CEO for the YWCA and Chief of Staff for Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O’Connor. BJ was VP & Station Manager for WQED Pittsburgh’s Public TV and Radio Stations.
BJ is a member and past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. She serves on the National Advisory Council of the Elsie Hillman Civic Advisory Forum at the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics. She is on the boards of Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting (WESA and WYEP Public Radio Stations), Highmark Caring Foundation and Family Planning Councils of America. BJ is a former board chair of Pittsburgh’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, an appointment by Governor Tom Wolf. She is also a past chair of Leadership Pittsburgh, VisitPittsburgh, Brother’s Brother International Foundation and Pressley Ridge Schools.
BJ lives in Highland Park with her husband Jeff. They have two sons. Daniel and his girlfriend Jenna Baron live in Pittsburgh. Alan and his wife Hyojin live in Brooklyn, NY.
Rosamaria Cristello is the Executive Director and Founder of the Latino Community Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The Latino Center supports the growing Latino community through Youth Development and Enrichment opportunities, advocacy, leadership, and education. Before launching the community center, Rosamaria directed the Latino Family Center under the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, which focuses on early childhood development. Under her leadership, a Latino Community Assessment for Allegheny County was conducted to better understand the dreams and goals of the more vulnerable Latinos and the barriers they are facing in achieving their goals.
Rosamaria serves on several boards. She is the Co-Chair for the Immigrants & Internationals Advisory Council for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, which was created to advance the Department’s vision of an accessible, culturally competent, human services system. She also serves on the board of the Office of Child Development under the University of Pittsburgh and on the Mayor’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Steering Committee.
Rosamaria was named one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 in 2016 and was the first recipient of the Barbara McNeese Spirit of Athena Award which provides free tuition to the CMU Women’s Leadership and Negotiation Academy. Originally from Guatemala, Rosamaria grew up in Arlington, Virginia and now resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Regional Planning and Geographic Information Systems from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in Public Administration through the Graduate School of Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Board Minutes & Agendas
Read the minutes and agendas from past Board Meetings on the Board Minutes & Agendas page.