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Mayor assembles panel to advise potential restructuring of PWSA


Mayor William Peduto assembled a meeting last week of a Blue Ribbon Panel to assist with the selection of a professional advisory team to manage a possible restructuring of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA).

Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin chaired the meeting, and encouraged the panel to utilize their expertise to help guide the PWSA Board of Directors and the Peduto Administration toward improving and optimizing the publicly owned water and sewer asset.

A request for proposals was issued by the city on February 3, to procure the services an advisory team to manage evaluations of a possible restructuring the PWSA to enhance water and sewer service delivery. The eight-person Blue Ribbon Panel will review and evaluate the RFP submissions and attend interview sessions of the finalists. 

Members of the panel are: 

Kevin Acklin, chief of staff to Mayor William Peduto;

Kenya Boswell, president, BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania;

Fred Brown, president/CEO, Homewood Children’s Village;

Jared Cohon, director of Scott Institute for Energy Innovation; University Professor; president (1997-2013), Carnegie Mellon University;

Jen Presutti, director, Office of Management and Budget, City of Pittsburgh;

Lourdes Sanchez Ridge, solicitor/chief legal officer, City of Pittsburgh;

Sharene Shealey, environmental manager, NRG Energy; and,

Mark Stulga, vice president, WesBanco.


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