Councilwoman Rudiak honored as a Pittsburgh Public Schools alumni
Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak of the 1997 Pittsburgh Carrick High School graduating class was inducted into the Pittsburgh Public Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Heinz Field on April 27.
Ms. Rudiak was among seven others inductees including Billy Porter (Allderdice/CAPA '87), Dr. Rhamon Hart, Sr. (Perry '90), Anna Tarka-DiNunzio (Schenley '90), and Samantha Paige Davis (Schenley '06).
The event also launched Pittsburgh Public School Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet's five-year Strategic Plan. Also participating were the Pittsburgh Perry JROTC Color Guard, All City Choir, and "Anything Goes" by Pittsburgh CAPA.
Ms. Rudiak is a Pittsburgh Public School graduate having attended Concord Elementary, Sterrett Classical Academy and Carrick High School. Her accomplishments include earning her bachelor's degree from George Washington University and the London School of Economics and a master's degree in public policy from the Heinz School of Carnegie Mellon.
She was named one of the 40 Under 40 by PUMP and Pittsburgh magazine in 2009, the Young Democrat of the Year in 2001, the 2010 Women of Achievement Award Honoree, the 2012 Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women Oustanding Elected Democratic Women Award and the 2014 Pittsburgh Business Times Fast Track Award. She is also District 4 Pittsburgh councilwoman and head of the Pennsylvania Young Elected Officials Network.
Recently on March 23, 2017, she was awarded by The Zonta Club of Pittsburgh in partnership with the Executive Women's Council of Greater Pittsburgh 2017 Women Who Make a Difference Award. Zonta International was established in 1919 to advocate for women's rights in their place of business and professional fields. The Executive Women's Council (EWC) was established to promote the economic and political advancement of leading women in business and the professions within the Pittsburgh region.
The award recognizes women who have made extraordinary contributions in the workplace and /or in their communities by going above and beyond. In presenting the award the groups noted Councilwoman Rudiak has passed legislation for quality early childhood education for all children and is steadfast in her commitment to families, introducing and passing family-friendly legislation for the workplace, and advocating for livable wages. It was noted she was responsible for sponsoring CEDAW legislation in October of 2016.
CEDAW is an acronym for the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The bill makes sure issues such as violence against women, and delivery of city services, such as recreational opportunities for young girls are addressed methodically and systemically. For example, violence by domestic homicide in Allegheny County is the highest in the state, surpassing even Philadelphia. This bill will enhance mechanisms to address domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault throughout the City of Pittsburgh, and make the city safer for all.