Dan Gilman is currently serving his first term as City Council member for the 8th Council District of Pittsburgh. While on Council, Councilman Gilman introduced and passed several critical pieces of legislation, including:
- Prohibiting perpetrators of illegal hillside dumping from bidding on or participating in city contracts;
- Passing reasonable accommodations legislation that provides real workplace solutions for pregnant city workers experiencing pregnancy discrimination;
- Authorizing data sharing between the city and the Parking Authority in order to facilitate the recovery of wanted or stolen vehicles; thereby helping to identify wanted persons and assisting in monitoring Amber Alerts;
- Directing Pittsburgh’s Authorities to develop non-discrimination policies in order to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity.
Councilman Gilman is consistently regarded as the voice of younger Pittsburghers who are redefining the City as a place of burgeoning growth and endless potential and is continually recognized for his tireless advocacy on behalf of Pittsburgh’s technology boom. Gilman is perhaps the single most effective proponent of Pittsburgh as a nationwide hub of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Councilman Gilman is a champion for education. He has been organizing a diverse group of advocates who are working to fight hunger throughout city schools by operationalizing a citywide backpack feeding program. He has also been convening quarterly meetings of all the school principals in his district to discuss issues of importance to both the City and its schools, and to forge working relationships across schools and neighborhoods.
Councilman Gilman also helped create and develop Street Stages, a new, designated performance space that adds vibrancy to District 8 neighborhoods and business districts. He’s also begun setting up a series of mobile council office hours throughout the City in order to increase accessibility to City government and provide information about City services to young people and students on college campuses who may not be otherwise engaged with their local government.
Councilman Gilman organized and hosted a small business roundtable to discuss the challenges and opportunities of small, locally owned businesses in Pittsburgh, and worked with the Mayoral Administration on a 2015 budget that contained a 300 percent increase in spending for small businesses. The Councilman also worked extensively with the Mayor’s office to implement smart technology that vastly improved city services such as snow removal, paving, online permitting, and the 311 system.
Gilman was selected as one of only twelve leaders nationwide to join The NewDEAL, a national network committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders. He was also appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) University Communities Council and the Community and Economic Development Steering Committee. He was recognized as one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s “15 Future Power Brokers,” and “40 under 40.” He was also listed as one of Pittsburgh’s “50 Finest” by Whirl Magazine.
Councilman Gilman graduated from Pittsburgh’s Shady Side Academy, and with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Ethics, History, and Public Policy. He currently serves on the boards of the Sports & Exhibition Authority, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival and Arts Organization, and the Advisory Board of the National Veterans Art Museum.