Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs

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The logo for the African American Affairs Commission. The logo is in the shape of a keystone, with interlocking hands sin the center of the keystone.

The purpose of the Commission is to gather information regarding African American Pennsylvanians’ experiences and needs; review, evaluate, and assess programs affecting them; provide the Governor with information and recommendations regarding how best to meet their needs; and provide information about programs and services that may be relevant to African American Pennsylvanians’ needs. The Commission and its Executive Director also serve as an extension of the Governor’s office in their respective communities and are responsible for communicating the priorities and accomplishments of the Governor and his Administration. This effort seeks to spread awareness and increase access to programs and services provided by the Commonwealth that benefit every-day Pennsylvanians. 

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Executive Director of the Commission

Anette Nance

With eight years of dedicated service in the United States Marine Corps and an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, she embodies the values of honor and commitment. Anette is a distinguished alumna of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her master’s degree in social work with a focus on community organization and social action, complemented by a certificate in Human Services Management. Her bachelor’s degree in psychology further enhances her expertise as a social service practitioner.

Anette’s advocacy work within the veteran space has garnered recognition at local, regional, and national levels. Notably, she was among the ten student veterans nominated as a finalist for the esteemed 2020 Student Veteran of the Year award, conferred by Student Veterans of America, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

As a master’s-level social worker, Anette actively participates in several nonprofit boards, including the Age Friendly- Greater Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Alumni, and The Sons of God Ministry Inc. In April 2021, she took on the esteemed role of Commissioner on Governor Wolf’s Commission on African American Affairs, where she also served as the Co-Chair for the Public Health Committee.

Anette’s contributions to the Pittsburgh region have been celebrated widely. In 2021, she received the prestigious PUMP’s 40 Under 40 honor, recognizing her creative vision and unwavering passion that enrich the community. The School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh bestowed upon her the Rising Star Distinguished Alumni Award, acknowledging her significant impact on the social work field within a decade of graduating.

In January 2022, Anette’s commitment to public service led her to become a Council Member of the Braddock Hills Borough Council, where she diligently serves as the Chairperson for the Health and Sanitation committee. Additionally in March 2023, Nance was awarded the SWAG (Social Worker Appreciation of Greatness) for her consistent efforts in the field of social work. Alongside her many achievements, Anette is pursuing her doctorate in Community Engagement at Point Park University, further expanding her knowledge and expertise.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Anette is a woman of faith, a loving wife, and a devoted mother of two. Her purpose-filled mindset serves as a guiding force in all her endeavors, inspiring those around her to reach for their full potential.