Biography

Dan Gilman, 30, has spent the past eight years serving the residents of Pittsburgh’s 8th City Council District as chief of staff to City Councilman Bill Peduto. As Bill’s chief of staff, Dan has worked tirelessly on neighborhood quality of life issues while attending community meetings in all of the district’s neighborhoods.

Dan has worked with residents to address neighborhood flooding problems, facilitate neighborhood crime watches, curb illegal overnight garbage collection, and to discourage aggressive towing practices. Dan works closely every day with the local police to address public safety issues throughout the district. Over eight years, he has been involved in every aspect of City government.

Dan has played an instrumental role in the transformation of the East End, including working on over $1 billion of economic growth in District 8 over the last several years. He regularly meets with developers, engineers, architects, labor organizations, and community groups to facilitate open communication among all and to guarantee development and growth continue without negatively impacting neighborhood livability.

Dan has played a crucial role in many legislative successes, authoring Pittsburgh’s campaign finance reform law, lobbyist registration and disclosure laws, green building incentive program, and the City’s tax abatement program for new development. He also worked tirelessly on legislation promoting equal representation on City boards and the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.

Dan graduated from Shady Side Academy in 2000 and with honors from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004, with a degree in Ethics, History, and Public Policy. While at CMU, Dan served as Student Body President, was selected as student representative to the Board of Trustees, and gained further recognition as an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar.

Dan was an early volunteer with Senator Al Gore’s presidential campaign, interned for the American Civil Liberties Union, and as a Pittsburgh Foundation Fulton Fellow for Congressman Mike Doyle on Capitol Hill. He also served as a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington DC.

In addition to his work on City Council, Dan serves on the boards of Pittsburgh Cares, the Community Technical Assistance Center, Prevention Point Pittsburgh, and Shady Side Academy’s Alumni Council. He also serves as a committee member for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Dan has been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP, as well as one of Pittsburgh’s “50 Finest” by Whirl Magazine.

Dan currently lives in Shadyside. He is the son of Fred Gilman, the Dean of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and Barbara Gilman, a busy community volunteer. Dan attends Congregation Beth Shalom in Squirrel Hill.