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Daniel Gilman

Mayor's Office, Pittsburgh
Chief of Staff
Dan Gilman currently serves as chief of staff to Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto.
Previously, Dan served on Pittsburgh City Council representing the 8th District. As a Councilman, he focused on creating a more accountable city government, embracing Pittsburgh’s technological renaissance in order to improve City services, and making Pittsburgh a more family-friendly and progressive city.

He sponsored legislation to create lactation rooms in city building, ban harmful conversion therapy for LGBTQIA+ youth, prohibit housing-related discrimination against an individual based on their status as a victim of domestic violence, prohibit discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace, prohibit questions about salary history on City job applications to help reduce the gender wage gap, install free sunscreen dispensers throughout city parks, and the City for All agenda - six pieces of legislation to enhance and expand City services for immigrants and refugees.

He sponsored a package of ordinances to create a truly independent City’s Ethics Board and strengthen the City’s campaign finance laws. He protected homeowners by prohibiting city property tax appeals within two years of home purchase and three years of the last appeal.

A longtime supporter of the food truck industry, he brought together local mobile food entrepreneurs and brick-and-mortar businesses to modernize legislation originally crafted decades ago for ice cream trucks.

He has received many awards and accolades for his hard work. He was selected to join The New DEAL, a national network committed to highlighting pragmatic progressives with innovative ideas at the state and local level. He currently serves as the Chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) University Communities Council. He has also been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, as well as one of Pittsburgh’s “50 Finest” by Whirl Magazine.

He graduated from Pittsburgh’s Shady Side Academy, and then with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Ethics, History, and Public Policy. He currently serves on the board of Visit Pittsburgh. He previously served on the board of the Sports & Exhibition Authority, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and the Silk Screen Film Festival, as well as the Board of Fellows of the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics.