The Council of Wilkinsburg is a body of nine elected officials. There are three officials from each of Wilkinsburg’s three wards.
Council members elect a President among themselves. The Council President is responsible for presiding over Council meetings, establishing committees, and appointing committee chairs. There is also a Vice-President, who presides over Council meetings in the absence of the President.
The role of Council is to serve as civilian oversight of all activities of the Borough, including the management of Borough employees. Council is responsible for making policy, passing ordinances, voting appropriations, approving all personnel decisions, and establishing and maintaining the Borough’s budget. The Council also works with Pennsylvania and Allegheny County officials to find ways to stimulate economic development.
Council members serve four-year terms, with no limitation on the number of terms served. Elections occur every other year on odd-numbered years. Each election year, four or five seats on Council are open to voting. The rotation of seats ensures that there are always experienced representatives serving on Council.
Council meets the first and third Wednesdays of most months, with the exception of several months due to holidays. The first Wednesday of the month is the planning session and the third Wednesday of the month is the legislative session. Council has only one meeting in August to allow for summer vacation schedules.
Council Member Profiles
Pamela Macklin, President (2nd ward)
Pamela Macklin was elected to Wilkinsburg Council in 1997, 2001, 2009 and again in 2013. During her first term Ms Macklin served as Vice President of Council and Chair of the Finance Committee; her second term Ms Macklin served as President of Council and Co-Chair of the Economic Development Committee. For the past 4 years Ms Macklin has served on the Wilkinsburg Planning Commission, formerly as President. She also is a Board Member and chair of the Economic Restructuring Committee of the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation. Ms Macklin is the president of the Wilkinsburg Democratic Committee and was founder of the Princeton Park Block Club. Ms. Macklin was Chair of the Capital Planning Committee, served on the Finance Committee and was re-appointed to the Planning Commission in 2010. Pamela Macklin can be reached at 412-780-7730 or email@example.com.
Vanessa McCarthy-Johnson, Vice-President (2nd ward)
Vanessa McCarthy-Johnson has been involved in Wilkinsburg for many years, starting with her time at Wilkinsburg High School. Once purchasing her home in Wilkinsburg in 2005, she volunteered for the annual Community Days, yearly community clean-ups and Wilkinsburg Weed and Seed TALL Team. She eventually decided to serve her community as a Council member. She was elected to serve her first term on Council 2008, and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015. She has served Council as President, Vice President, Chair of several Council committees including Public Safety, Parks and Recreation and currently Special Events. She has been a member of other committees such as Joint Tax, Economic Development, Capital Planning and Social Media and Promotions Committees. She is a founder of Wilkinsburg HOOPS, a summer basketball league, the annual Wilkinsburg Toy Drive at Christmas, and one of the founders of the Wilkinsburg Sun. She has worked on several Wilkinsburg special events like Art in the Park, the annual Holiday Parade, Commitment to the Community – PSO Concert in Wilkinsburg and volunteers at her daughters’ school, Imani Christian Academy. In addition to Council, Ms. McCarthy-Johnson serves on the boards of the Local Government Academy and the PROGRAM. As an advocate for early childhood education, she was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to the Early Learning Council and was the Chair of the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning Parent Advisory Council. She is a graduate of Wilkinsburg High School, Community College of Allegheny County, Local Government Academy for Newly Elected Officials and Leadership Pittsburgh XXVI. Ms. McCarthy-Johnson is currently a full-time undergraduate/graduate student at Chatham University. She will be achieving her Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies in December 2017 and her MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Strategy in December 2018.
Vanessa McCarthy-Johnson can be reached at 412-867-5882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Rose, Sr.
Michael Rose is a first-term councilman who was sworn into office on January 4, 2016. A lifelong Wilkinsburg resident, he graduated from Turner Elementary and Wilkinsburg Middle Schools before graduating from Trinity Christian School in 2002. He earned a B.S. in Communications Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2010 before returning to Wilkinsburg, where he has covered many pivotal issues in distressed communities as a freelance reporter for the New Pittsburgh Courier, and is the newspaper’s expert on Wilkinsburg issues. Michael decided to try to effect change directly by running for Borough Council on a platform of modernizing community relations – with an emphasis on youth involvement – using all communication outlets, including social media. Currently, he serves on four Council committees: Special Events; Finance; Constituent and Community Relations; Social Media and Promotions and is an alternate delegate to CONNECT (Congress of Neighboring Communities). He is a member of St. Mark’s A.M.E. Church on Montier Street, where he was married in May of 2014.You can contact him at email@example.com, through his Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/1QDJAHI) or via phone at 412-354-2602.
Paige E. Trice
Paige E. Trice was raised in Wilkinsburg, attended Wilkinsburg schools and is a longtime homeowner. She was sworn in to serve her first term on Council in January 2008 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015. She currently serves as Chair of the Personnel, Policies and Procedures Committee and is a member of the Constituent Services and Special Events Committees. She is also Council’s representative to the Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments. Ms. Trice has served on the Planning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.
Other activities in which she currently participates are secretary of the Wilkinsburg Democratic Committee, Senior Activities Days, Bessica Clark Glenn Montier (BCGM) Block Club vice president, and an active volunteer of Allegheny County and local AARP (vice president) chapters.
Ms. Trice is a member of St. James Church, Wilkinsburg.
Paige Trice can be contacted at (412) 871-5367 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda A. Atkins
Linda Atkins was sworn into office on January 17th, 2018. She is a longtime resident of Wilkinsburg and a graduate of Wilkinsburg High School. Ms Atkins holds a BSN and CCM. She became more engaged in her community by forming and becoming Captain of Hilltop Block Watch in 2013. As Captain the block watch has written for several grants, hosted community block parties, Holiday parties, has done multiple clean up days, developed community partners, a FB page, and a community garden among other family-oriented activities. Ms Atkins listens to and seeks to solve problems as they arise. She recently held a successful fundraiser in Wilkinsburg for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. Ms Atkins will serve on Capital Planning and Blight, the Senior Services Committee, and Constituent Services and Special Events.
Andre Scott was sworn into office in March, 2019 and was then appointed to Capital Planning/Blight, Employment, and Public Safety Committees. A 20 plus year resident of Wilkinsburg, Andre is currently a Clinical Consultant/Therapist. He has been a homeowner in the Borough for 12 years. Working to revitalize communities through its human capital and their improved quality of life has been the focus of both his career and personal efforts for over ten years. Andre has been involved in peace efforts throughout the city and state via workshops, all age functions, and entertainment venues in order to reduce gun violence, improve police/community relations, and service a variety of people. These efforts led to an opportunity as a Legislative Assistant in state government. Andre plans to utilize community engagement skills and established resources to assist council in helping Wilkinsburg become a great place to live for everyone. Along with his fiancé Darchini and five children he is a member of Mulberry Community Church. Andre Scott can be reached at 412-969-2390 or via email at AScott@wilkinsburgpa.gov.
Michael Lefebvre has been a 3rd Ward Wilkinsburg resident since 2000. He is the Finance Chair and formerly chaired the Public Safety Committee. He also served on the Finance and Capital Planning Committees. Mr. Lefebvre is a homeowner and has organized resident-led community improvement projects such as Green Street and Whitney Park clean ups. He is a member of the Planning Commission. He has served on the Wilkinsburg Community Days and Toys for Tots committees for several years. He was elected to Council in 2009 and again in 2013. He served as an Officer in the United States Naval Reserve for 10+ years. Michael Lefebvre can be reached at email@example.com or 412-243-9978.
China Lee (President Pro-Tempore)
China began serving a 4 year term on Council in 2018. She was born and raised on the east side of Pittsburgh, spending equal time in Wilkinsburg and Homewood – she is a proud graduate of George Westinghouse High School. China earned her B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University, her M.S. in Criminal Justice from Point Park University and her J.D. from The North Carolina Central University. She is an attorney, licensed in Pennsylvania and currently focuses her practice on contracts and transactional matters. She volunteers with PPS Brashear’s Youth Court Initiative and also provides her legal expertise through pro-bono programs such as Operation Safety Net’s H.E.L.P. Clinic and the Pittsburgh Transgender Name Change Project.
China was elected as President Pro-tempore (translation: in the absence of the President) and was appointed by Council to serve on the Civil Service Commission (2017, 5 year term) and the Planning Commission (2018, 5 year term). She also serves on the following committees: Capital Planning & Blight, Personnel, Policies & Procedure, and Social Media & Promotions.
China and her husband own a home and reside in Ward 3 with their two children and dog.
Denise Edwards served on Wilkinsburg Council from 1998 – 2010, and again as of January 2018. Chairwoman of council’s Social Media and Communications committee, Wilkinsburg will be installing in 2019, a direct resident contact system, via phone, computer and land line, to inform everyone of emergencies and events. As a member of the Workforce Development committee, she connected residents to skilled building trades opportunities with nearly 100 of our neighbors, men and women, in paid apprenticeship training. She serves on the Finance Committee and Capital Planning and Blight. A 40 year resident, Denise is an administrative assistant to engineers, gardens, plays cards and walks Frick Park. Contact Denise at: (412) 401 – 6693.