About City of Pittsburgh Council District 4
Councilmember Natalia Rudiak represents Pittsburgh’s fourth district on City Council District 4 is the area covering the neighborhoods of Beechview, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick, Overbrook, a portion of Mount Washington. On November 3, 2009, Natalia was elected to City Council with more than 98% of the vote after winning the Democratic Primary the previous May. She was re-elected on November 5, 2013 and was sworn in for a second term on January 6, 2014.
Natalia’s professional experience is in management and technology. She previously worked at Deloitte Consulting, where she implemented a state-wide information technology system. She has also done press work for the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. and worked for a public health organization in New York promoting safe and healthy motherhood.
Natalia earned her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University through scholarships from the Pennsylvania and national AFL-CIO. During her undergraduate career, she studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as the Jagiellonian University in Poland. Born and raised in South Pittsburgh, she graduated from Carrick High School and Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management.
Natalia was named one of the 40 Under 40 by PUMP and Pittsburgh Magazine in 2009, and was voted Young Democrat of the Year in 2011 by the Young Democrats of Allegheny County. She was then named a 2012 Outstanding Elected Democratic Woman by the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women. In April of 2013, Natalia was named Pennsylvania State Director of the Young Elected Officials Network.
Natalia is currently a Board Member of both the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh as well as the Pittsburgh Economic & Industrial Development Corporation. The Young Elected Officials Network in 2014 awarded Natalia the prestigious Leadership Award for her work engaging young elected officials in the State of Pennsylvania.
On Council, she serves as the Finance and Law Committee Chair.
Councilmember represents the fourth district of Pittsburgh City Council, which includes the neighborhoods of Beechview, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick, Overbrook, and McKinley Park.
District 4 History
“South Pittsburgh,” as this region of the City is colloquially known, was originally settled in the late eighteenth century. Incorporated in 1788 as part of St. Clair Township—named for Revolutionary War General Arthur St. Clair, who presided over the passage of the United States constitution in 1787. St. Clair Township included the present day Upper St. Clair Township, and most of the municipalities between it and the Monongahela River. In 1791, St. Clair Township was the site of the Whiskey Rebellion, a protest led by farmers in Western Pennsylvania against the federal implementation of an excise tax on whiskey.
In 1836, St. Clair Township was divided into two townships, Upper St. Clair Township and Lower St. Clair Township. Upper St. Clair Township still exists today, while Lower St. Clair Township slowly split into multiple other municipalities. The portion that became Brookline split into West Liberty Borough in 1876 and existed as such until January 6, 1908 when it was annexed by the City of Pittsburgh and became the neighborhood of Brookline. Beechview Borough was annexed into the City on January 4, 1909. Carrick Borough joined on January 3, 1927, and Overbrook Borough joined on January 6, 1930. While these represent the major land acquisitions that made up the district, annexations that added to the City’s southern border continued into the 1950s.
At the turn of the 20th century, immediately prior to the majority of the annexations, the coal mining industry began to take off in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. Most residents of Brookline, Beechview and Overbrook were employed as either farmers or miners, and large portions of present day Brookline were farm land at the time of its annexation. Carrick Borough was a higher income neighborhood, featuring beautiful Victorian mansions built by the owners and management of the City’s booming coal and steel industries.
Today, South Pittsburgh is a diverse community of working class families. Many City employees call South Pittsburgh home, charmed by its neighborly attitude, quality housing, and walkable business districts.
Beechview is located southwest of Downtown, and is situated between Brookline, Banksville, and Dormont. Serviced by the "T", Beechview's Broadway Avenue business district is currently seeing revitalization in new businesses and a renovation of its historic architecture. Recent additions to the corridor include Brew on Broadway, the Crested Duck Charcuterie, and the IGA grocery store.
The neighborhood offers a great number of amenities, including a branch of the Carnegie Library, a spray park, ball fields, and a senior center. Nature enthusiasts love exploring the Seldom Seen Greenway, one of the last undeveloped parcels of green in the City. Beechview is also home to two excellent Pittsburgh Public schools, Beechwood Elementary and Brashear High School.
Bon Air is best known by its reputation of 'country living in the City.' A spacious neighborhood, Bon Air boasts larger than average residential parcels, dotted with mid-century single-family homes. Recreational amenities include the Marc Kolenda basketball court and the Bon Air parklet. The community also borders McKinley Park and is serviced by the Blue Line "T", with service to Downtown and South Hills Village. It is truly a great pocket for new and long standing families.
Bordered by Overbrook and Beechview, Brookline is a mostly residential community with a bustling main street, Brookline Blvd. In 2013, the Brookline Boulevard business district will receive a facelift, complete with a new street, sidewalks, landscape design, street lights, street furniture and more. This small business corridor has quickly become known City-wide as a destination for delicious food and drink. Take a trip to the Boulevard and you'll find authentic Greek, Italian, and Mexican cuisine, as well as delicious pastries, fresh pretzels, cool ice cream, and delicious coffee to wash it all down with. Other neighborhood amenities in Brookline include the Moore Park swimming pool, Brookline Recreation Center, ball fields, and easy access to Downtown via Port Authority bus.
South of Downtown, Carrick is surrounded by Overbrook, Brookline, Bon Air, Mt. Oliver Neighborhood, and St. Clair. Carrick today retains the traditions of its proud independence and is the first "Green Community" in the City.
There are 3 distinct business districts along the length of Brownsville Road, separated by residential blocks, as well as many free-standing stores and shopping centers. Amenities in Carrick include a neighborhood library, a swimming pool, a wide range of recreational facilities at Phillips Park, and numerous churches. The Port Authority bus provides easy transportation along Brownsville Road.
Overbrook is bordered by Carrick and Brookline, and runs along Rt. 51. This community is also convenient to the Brownsville Road business district, and has access to Downtown via Port Authority bus or T. Amenities for Overbrook residents include the Fran Accamando Community Center, a Senior Center, ball fields, and nearby Phillips Park in Carrick. Like the other District 4 neighborhoods Overbrook is a pocket with much potential and a rich history to build off.
Ashleigh Deemer, Chief of Staff
Ashleigh serves as the Chief of Staff for Councilmember Rudiak. Before joining the District 4 team in 2011, Ashleigh was a campaign organizer in the non-profit world, working primarily on campaigns for clean air on the local and national levels. A native of the Pittsburgh region, Ashleigh is a 2005 graduate of Chatham University, where she focused on sustainability and environmental policy. She and her husband live in Beechview.
Bethani Cameron, Community Relations Manager
Bethani serves as Community Relations Manager for Councilmember Rudiak. Born in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, she came to Pittsburgh to attend university, where she studied English writing and engineering coursework at the University of Pittsburgh. Bethani spent a significant amount of time at Clean Water Action, a national environmental non-profit, started two businesses, and helped local businesses through marketing and business plan consulting. She lives in the South Pittsburgh neighborhood of Knoxville.