Chatham University


Dana Brown, Ph.D.

Dana Brown

PCWP Executive Director
Assistant Professor of Political Science
(412) 365-2725

Dr. Dana Brown began her tenure as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics and assistant professor of political science at Chatham University in July of 2010. Dr. Brown earned her doctorate in American Politics and Women and Politics at Rutgers University where she also received her master's degree in political science. Dr. Brown has presented research on women in politics, political psychology, political media, and political participation by women of color.

Dr. Brown is also active in the community. She currently serves in the following capacity: Governor Wolf's Pennsylvania Commission for Women, PLEN's (Public Leadership Education Network) Board of Directors, Adagio Health's Advisory Council, a Pennsylvania delegate to the Vision 2020 program at the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University, an Advisory Board member to the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh's Center for Race & Gender Equity, the Executive Women's Council and its Women on Boards Committee, and 74% Kitchen Cabinet at Robert Morris University Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, and the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Dr. Brown's work and leadership in women and politics has been recognized in the following ways: the Obama White House acknowledged her work at the Center by inviting her to participate in a conference on girls' leadership and civic education. In 2014 Dr. Brown was recognized in Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh's "40 Under 40." In 2018 City & State PA recognized Dr. Brown as one of 25 women from across the Commonwealth who have exhibited exemplary leadership in their field as well as earning AAUW PA's Gateway to Equity Award.

Annie Guadagnino

Annie Guadagnino

Program Coordinator
(412) 365-1878

Annie Guadagnino is the Program Coordinator for the Center. Before joining PCWP's staff in 2012 she was a Campaign Director for Fund for the Public Interest and a Campus Organizer for the Public Interest Research Group. Annie is a 2009 graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science.

Claire Raines

Claire Raines

Outreach Assistant

Claire Raines is a Junior at Chatham University, majoring in Social Work with a minor in Food Studies with a Women's Leadership Certificate. She serves as an Office Assistant for the PCWP. Claire conducts outreach with other students and student organizations on campus, as well as with the Center's various partners. One of her main tasks is to assist students in registering to vote.

Lalah Williams

Lalah Williams

Programs Assistant

Lalah C. Williams is a sophomore at Chatham University majoring in Policy Studies and minoring in French. Originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, she enjoys camping, traveling and exploring Pittsburgh. Outside of class, she serves as the Vice President for Student Diversity & Inclusion of Chatham Undergraduate Student Government. She is a member of the R.I.S.E. mentorship program, Women's Living Learning Community, College Democrats and the campus' Diversity and Inclusion Council. She is also a proud lifetime Girl Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. At PCWP, Lalah aides in designing, promoting and executing events.

Jessica Friss

Jessica Friss

Outreach Coordinator

Jessica Friss is a current AmeriCorps member with Public Allies Pittsburgh and is serving as the Outreach Coordinator for the PCWP during her 10-month national leadership development program. Jessica has recently graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from Robert Morris University. She has a passion for environmental sustainability, photography, and Twitter.

Lexus Griffin


Graduate Assistant

Lexus Griffin is a first year Masters student in Chatham's Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program. She is excited to be a graduate assistant and is eager to learn all she can from Pittsburgh's Center for Women & Politics!