Board & Board Meetings

Special Notice

To protect public health, the Board of The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will hold future board meetings via a telephone conference line. The dedicated telephone conference information is as follows: 

Conference Call Phone Number: 1-646-558-8656 

Meeting/Webinar ID: 882-2660-3773 

Alternatively, you may join online via Zoom.  

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.

Read our Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.

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. 

Board Members

Photo of Alex Sciulli

Alex Sciulli 

Chair 

Early in his professional career, Alex G. Sciulli served as the Director of the City of Pittsburgh Water Department and the Director of Engineering and Construction. 
Sciulli previously held a consulting role with PWSA, where he served as the Chief of Program Management, led the effort to incorporate a stormwater master plan, and managed the design of the Four Mile Run Stormwater Improvement project. During his career, he has helped to coordinate critical water and sewer infrastructure projects with City and County officials and facilitated complex discussions and negotiations with elected officials and other community leaders. 

Sciulli is a licensed civil engineer in Pennsylvania and has a master’s degree in business administration. Prior to forming his own engineering firm, ALEM Consulting in 2014, he served as the Executive Vice President for Highmark and held executive-level positions at National City Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio, Mellon Financial Corporation (now BNY Mellon), in Pittsburgh, Camp Dresser & McKee (now CDM Smith), an international civil and environmental engineering firm, where he focused his attention on the firm’s large public infrastructure projects. 

He is excited to serve in a volunteer capacity as Board Chair for PWSA and is looking forward to guiding the Authority through the changes that will establish the quality water services expected in Pittsburgh. 


Board Member, Erika Strassburger.

Erika Strassburger

Vice Chair 

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.


Board Secretary, Jim Turner.

Jim Turner

Secretary 

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. 


 

Board Member, Michael Domach.

Michael Domach

Assistant Secretary/Treasurer  

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. 


Board member Audrey Murrell

Audrey Murrell

Board Member 

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.


Board member BJ Leber

BJ Leber 

Board Member 

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.


Board member, Rosamaria Cristello.

Rosamaria Cristello 

Board Member 

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 member, Mark Thomas.

Mark Thomas

Board Member

Mark Anthony Thomas was appointed president of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, effective July 2019. He is responsible for creating, developing, and executing the 10-county Pittsburgh region’s economic development strategy and advancing partnerships to drive job creation and business investment. Mark has nearly two decades of experience crafting and executing economic growth strategies and cross-sector collaboration for New York City, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. In 2016, Mark was selected by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to serve as its first Senior Vice President of Partnerships, establishing teams to foster and manage industry and international relationships and business attraction. He played a pivotal role in launching the city’s $1.3 billion effort to catalyze 100,000 jobs in emerging industry sectors and further diversify the local economy. He’s led efforts to partner with New York’s international trade community to advance the city’s global startup attraction, an approach recognized as the top North American FDI Strategy by fDi (Foreign Direct Investment) magazine in 2019.

Prior to NYCEDC, Mark served as the City of Los Angeles’ inaugural FUSE Executive Fellow, leading efforts to make the city’s neighborhoods more livable. He then served as Director of the Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team, a partnership between the Mayor’s Office and the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, to spearhead reforms of the city’s procurement, real estate asset management, and risk management operations. Before entering the public sector, Mark worked in the media sector, shaping content and investigative journalism on social impact, economic development, and effective governance.

Mark serves on the Board of Directors for the Power of 32 Site Development Fund (Chairman), Fuse Corps, and the Camille A. Brown Dance Company. He is a graduate of MIT (MBA), Columbia University (MPA), and the University of Georgia.


Board member Peg McCormick Barron (Photo by Steve Mellon, Post-Gazette)

Margaret (Peg) McCormick Barron

Board Member

Throughout her nearly 35 years in public affairs, including government relations, communications and marketing, Peg has advised public officials and candidates, established institutional programs and served as a spokesperson. Early in her career, Peg held positions in the offices of U.S. Representatives Doug Walgren and Leon Panetta. Later she served on the senior staff of Governor Robert P. Casey.

Over more than a dozen years she established and grew the government affairs program at Carnegie Mellon University. Peg worked directly for the university President and supported university-wide research and economic development initiatives. She developed a similar office at Magee-Womens Hospital.

Perhaps her most visible role was that of Press Secretary and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy. Peg transitioned from full-time work in 2013 after ten years of continuously increasing management responsibilities at the West Penn Allegheny Health System, including government affairs, communications and marketing, and fund development. As Executive Vice President, she reported to the CEO and worked closely with board members. 

Peg has served as a strategic consultant at various times throughout her career for the Carnegie Library and Museums, City of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Sports & Exhibition Authority and America and the Importance of Work, Inc. 

In the past eight years, Peg has been invited to serve on the boards of non-profit organizations and governmental authorities in the Pittsburgh region. She is past Chair of Riverlife, and current Chair of the Squirrel Hill Health Center. Peg also serves as Vice Chair of a five Allegheny County economic development authorities. She was named to the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority in May 2021.

Past board positions include the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh, Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh, the Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh Marathon.

Peg is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She lives with her husband, Bill, on the City’s South Side Slopes. They are the proud parents of daughter, Mara, a Pitt alumnus and employee.


Board Minutes & Agendas

Read the minutes and agendas from past board meetings on the Board Minutes & Agendas page. 

Watch all recorded virtual board meetings here