In truth, I stumbled upon Coro Pittsburgh’s Running for Public Office (RPO): Emerging Leaders in Public Service course. Coro Pittsburgh was mentioned in a piece in local online magazine Pop City on getting involved in local politics last Fall, and I was intrigued. Having recently moved from Chicago, where I had volunteered for years for progressive political magazine In These Times, I was looking to get a better understanding of local politics and see how I could get involved. After researching Coro Pittsburgh and the RPO course, I decided it looked like a perfect opportunity to learn more. And, I can now verify, it was that and more!
While several of my classmates had been involved in political campaigns or run for public office in Pittsburgh before, I had little similar experience as a recent transplant. I was extremely pleased to find out that, thanks to the structure of the course and the professionalism and attentiveness of course facilitators Tom Baker and Iysha Evelyn, my relative newness to politics in Allegheny County was not a liability at all. Both Tom and Iysha fostered an environment of openness that allowed our questions to drive the course and were always careful to make sure everyone was on the same page.
I was also very appreciative of the non-partisan approach of the course, which allowed many different political perspectives to be heard Continue Reading