Who We Are
State Representative Summer Lee
Summer Lee serves as State Representative for the 34th District. Summer attended Woodland Hills High School and the Howard University School of Law. Summer worked with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she was an Oliver White Hill Fellow, and in the Office of the General Counsel for the District of Columbia Public Schools. She also served as a student attorney in the Howard University School of Law Civil Rights Clinic, representing and assisting clients with civil rights complaints.
Ms. Lee worked as a field organizer for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party in 2016, organizing the community where she grew up. She organized with the Fight for $15, working to ensure fair wages and the right to unionize for fast food workers, and was a leader in struggles to improve the Woodland Hills School District.
Ashley Comans currently serves as a School Board Director for the Wilkinsburg School District since December 2017.
In addition to serving the Wilkinsburg School Board, Ashley works as a Project Coordinator for the Hill Youth Partnership for Enrichment (HYPE) - a system building initiative through the Allegheny Partners for Out if School Time (APOST). She’s a board member for Circles Greater Pittsburgh, Chatham University’s Eden Hall K-12 advisory board, and volunteers for The United Way’s – Be A Middle School Mentor program.
Ashley was selected for The Incline Magazine’s Who’s Next Politics 2018 as well as the 2018 Young Democrat of the Year by the Allegheny County Young Democrat’s. She’s a member of Young Elected Officials Network and Local Progress a national network of locally elected officials.
Ashley obtained a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism and Communication Studies from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Brandi Fisher is the President and CEO of the Alliance for Police Accountability. She works to end racial profiling, police brutality, and injustice in our communities. She resides in Penn Hills.
Lisa Frank is Executive Vice President and Director of Strategic Campaigns at SEIU Healthcare. She thinks our really huge investment in healthcare should result in really excellent health, for every person in our community. Only a small part of our overall health is determined by the care we receive in the healthcare system. Good wages, healthy food, clean air and water, freedom from stress, and community inclusion are all a part of the story. But our healthcare system needs massive change, to make sure we all have access, that we’re focused on the most needed care, not the most lucrative care, and that adequate staffing, culturally competent caregiving, and equitable health outcomes are our healthcare priorities.
Over two decades of organizing, Lisa has helped tens of thousands of homecare and hospital workers to build collective power to improve their own lives and deliver better care to their patients, residents and consumers. She has sued providers who steal workers’ wages, helped Pennsylvania’s uninsured to fight for Medicaid expansion, put the Fight for $15.00 on our health agenda, organized to defend the ACA, and worked to hold giant healthcare providers accountable to their communities.
Lisa serves on the boards of Pennsylvania United, Pennsylvania Health Access Network and is a member of the Action Council of Planned Parenthood of Western PA.
Jonathan Mayo is a member of Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh's Steering Committee. He has previously served on Summer Lee's campaign committee and worked on many other area elections. He served as vice president of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network for four years. He lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife, Sara, and his two children, Ziv and Elena.
Monica Ruiz is the Executive Director at Casa San José. Monica has been working with the Latino community for over 15 years. She started at Casa San José as the Service Coordinator for ISAC (Immigrant Services and Connections). Previously, Monica worked for Catholic Charities as a Chemical Dependency/Mental Health Case Manager with Latino youth and as an Employment and Training Case Manager.
Monica has also been a powerful advocate for Latinos on legal, housing, development, and educational issues. She fights for those facing deportation proceedings and launches projects to assist women, youth and high school students. In addition, she partners with political, labor, religious, and law enforcement leadership to make Pittsburgh stronger and more welcoming to all. Monica earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on Community Organizing and Social Action. She has also been part of the Neighborworks Leadership Collaboratory and received training in Community Engagement and Community and Neighborhood Revitalization.
Terri Minor Spencer
Terri Minor Spencer is a celebrated community activist in Pittsburgh who has dedicated herself to elevating her community. Terri is the founder and President of Westend P.O.W.E.R., a grassroots nonprofit committee focused on addressing community needs and concerns, as well as director of community engagement for White Lily Baptist Church, and a member of the Democratic Committee for Pittsburgh Ward 20, District 12. Terri currently works as a Family Engagement Specialist at Amachi Pittsburgh.
Wasiullah (Wasi) Mohamed is a life-long Pennsylvania resident. He was born in Harrisburg, raised in Enola, and moved to Pittsburgh in 2011 to attend the University of Pittsburgh.
During his time at the University of Pittsburgh, Wasi served in the leadership of many campus-wide organizations and initiatives, most notably he spent his four years helping to build the Office of PittServes, an arm of the Division of Student Affairs meant to ensure Pitt has a lasting positive impact on the local community while students grow from relationships and experiences with our neighbors.
After serving as the Director of Islamic Center of Pittsburgh Food Pantry for two years, Wasi was selected to be ICP’s next Executive Director in 2015. In this position, Wasi works to empower, educate, and unite the diverse community in Western PA through social services and outreach programs.
In 2016, he was appointed by Mayor Bill Peduto to the Commission on Human Relations (protecting civil rights) and Welcoming Pittsburgh Commission (encouraging immigrant and refugee inclusion), he was elected chair of the latter. He was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to serve on the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. Also in 2018, Wasi was elected to the ACLU Pennsylvania State Board of Directors. In 2016, Wasi was named the Executive Director of Emgage PA, where he coordinates political education and organizing activities throughout the commonwealth. Mohamed was recently named "40 under 40" by Pittsburgh Magazine and "Who’s Next in Pittsburgh Politics?" by The Incline, the youngest on both lists.