Philadelphia Councilwoman Cherelle Parker and Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner were named to the 2017 class of the Women in Government Leadership Program by the Governing Institute.
Governing Magazine is an offshoot of Congressional Quarterly and focuses on politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders. The Institute describes the Class of 2017, its third, as a, “cohort of extraordinary women invited to participate in the leadership program. Individually, they are smart, accomplished, determined women at various stages in their political careers.”
Parker and Wagner are the first Pennsylvania officials honored by the Institute.
Parker is in her first term as a councilwoman after serving in the state House for 10 years. When Parker was the youngest African African-American woman ever elected to the state house when she took office in 2005.
“I love fixing things for individuals, for the community,” Parker said in her profile.
Wagner is in her second term as the Allegheny County Comptroller after three terms in the state House for three terms. Wagner is the only woman holding countywide office in Allegheny County other than judges. She has fought to bring openness and transparency to Allegheny’s government.
“You see all these different things that ‘wow’ people where Pittsburgh has been able to put itself on the map. But the government is still in many respects in the Dark Ages,” Wagner said in her profile.