Office of Government Affairs and Outreach

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About

The Office of Government Affairs and Outreach is responsible for maintaining strong relations between the governor, local governments and citizens of the commonwealth. The team works to cultivate, build and maintain partnerships between local government officials, communities, and state agencies to ensure prompt and satisfactory responses to issues and concerns that arise throughout our communities.

Office Regions

The Office consists of five offices placed throughout the commonwealth which are charged with engaging citizens and local government officials from the respective regions they represent.

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Regional Directors

Mark Smith – Director, Government Affairs and Outreach
Julie Slomski – Director, Governor’s Northwest Regional Office
Nedia S. Ralston – Director, Governor’s Southeast Regional Office
Erin C. Molchany – Director, Governor’s Southwest Regional Office
Cassandra Coleman – Director, Governor’s Northeast Regional Office

Mark Smith – Director, Government Affairs and Outreach

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Previous to joining the Wolf Administration, Mark Smith served nearly two terms as county commissioner in Bradford County. He became the youngest chair of the commission in 2008 at the age of 29.

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Mark has offered his service on numerous community and government related boards and commissions which have included the Endless Mountain Visitors Bureau, Endless Mountain Heritage Region Board, Bradford/Sullivan American Red Cross, Partners and Family Community Development Board and the Bradford County Tourism Committee. Mark was also elected to serve as a board member to the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) and the CCAP Natural Gas Task Force.

Prior to entering politics, Smith worked as an industrial designer in the automotive and plastics industries. Mark attended Athens Area High School, graduating in 1996. Mark went on to attend college in Pittsburgh and later The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, studying industrial design. In 2011 he was selected as one of twenty-two County Commissioners from across the nation to attend the National Association of Counties Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. provided by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Mark resides in Susquehanna Township with his wife Jane Clements-Smith.”
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Julie Slomski – Director, Governor’s Northwest Regional Office

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Julie Slomski is the Director for Governor Wolf’s Northwest Regional Office located in Erie.
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Prior to joining the Governor she worked for CMI Energy with the Logistics and Expediting team. Prior to CMI, she was the Chief of Staff for State Representative Ryan Bizzarro, representing the 3rd legislative district in Erie County. Julie spent the majority of her career in the field of Human Resources prior to working for Rep. Bizzarro, working at Logistics Plus as the Human Resources Manager. Julie is a proud alumna of Penn State Erie-the Behrend College with Bachelor of Science in General Management.
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Nedia S. Ralston – Director, Governor’s Southeast Regional Office

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Nedia S. Ralston has made history by becoming the first African American woman appointed as a Regional Director for the Governor of Pennsylvania.

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Nedia was sworn in as the Southeast Regional Director for Governor Tom Wolf on January 20, 2015.
Nedia is an alumnus of Hampton University where she received her degree in Political Science. Immediately after graduation, Nedia was hired as Deputy Finance Director for State Representative Dwight Evans. For seven years, Nedia worked with a team that raised over 7 million dollars for the former Chair of Appropriations and Philadelphia Mayoral Candidate. Nedia was later recruited to join the finance team of Wolf for Governor as a Deputy Finance Director. As a result of Governor Tom Wolf‘s election victory, Nedia went on to serve as Deputy Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the Wolf for Governor Transition Team.
Nedia has always been involved in both civic and social activities in Philadelphia. She currently serves as a committeeperson and Ward Chairperson of the Tenth Ward in West Oak Lane. She was recently elected by the Board of Directors as Vice-Chair of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission alongside Chair Dana Redd, Mayor of Camden, NJ.
Nedia firmly believes that you never know where God can place you tomorrow, but with hard work, dedication, and mentors if you believe it you will achieve it.
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Erin C. Molchany – Director, Governor’s Southwest Regional Office

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Erin C. Molchany was appointed in 2015 to serve as Director of the Southwest Office of Governor Tom Wolf.

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Prior to working in the Wolf Administration, Ms. Molchany was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives where she served from 2013 – 2014. During her tenure in the PA House, Rep. Molchany represented the 22nd legislative district in Allegheny County prior to redistricting. She was a member of several standing committees of the House including; the Education Committee, Consumer Affairs Committee and Human Services Committee. Rep. Molchany also served on the PA House’s bi-partisan and bi-cameral Equality Caucus, Women’s Health Caucus and co-chaired the Life Sciences Caucus.

Rep. Molchany introduced several pieces of legislation during the 2013-2014 session including; a patient’s rights bill known as the Physician Disclosure Act; the Purely Public Charity Non-discrimination Act; A bill mandating Gender Proportionality on Public Boards and Commissions, and a House Resolution Urging a hearing of the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to better understand transportation needs and calling for issuance of Experimental Licenses for ride-share Companies. She was an outspoken advocate for Act 89, Pennsylvania’s Transportation Infrastructure bill which was passed in 2014 and she is most proud of introducing the Pay Equity Act (HB1890) which called for equal pay for equal work.

Rep. Molchany’s path to public service started in the non-profit sector. From 2005 through 2012, Ms. Molchany served as Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP). During her 7-year tenure as Executive Director, PUMP’s annual operating budget more than doubled, an additional staff member was added for the first time in a decade to accommodate the high demand for programming, and the organization became 90 percent sustainable thanks to its successful social enterprise, the Pittsburgh Sports League (PSL). Her tireless commitment to the organization helped to connect young people in the Pittsburgh region to their communities, an effort that inspired many to stay and invest in its growth and prosperity.

In 2009, Erin’s work to advance the interests of young professionals in PA earned her an appointment to Pennsylvania’s You Lead Initiative. As Co-Chair with former state Sen. Robert Wonderling, she worked to make Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania, a better place for young entrepreneurs to invest their time, energy and passion. Throughout her career, Erin has also served as a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership’s (GPNP) Public Policy Committee; Judge of Elections and from 2004 – 2006; and the Vice President of the Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) Board of Directors. In 2014, Erin was appointed by Pittsburgh’s Mayor, William Peduto, to serve as a Commissioner of the Southwestern Pennsylvania
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Ms. Molchany is a 1999 graduate of Duquesne University where she received a BA in Journalism with a minor in Business Administration. During her tenure at Duquesne, she worked at the Southwestern PA office of the American Red Cross where she was a member of the Disaster Services Department. Following graduation, Ms. Molchany’s 12-year career in the non profit sector began at Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, where she has fought to improve healthcare access for women and their families. She then moved on the Coro Center for Civic Leadership where she trained regional leaders with the necessary skills to succeed personally and professionally before becoming Executive Director of PUMP in 2005.

Ms. Molchany owns a home in Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington neighborhood where she has lived for the last 19 years. She was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley.
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Cassandra Coleman – Director, Governor’s Northeast Regional Office

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Cassandra I. Coleman is the Director of Governor Wolf’s Northeast office located in Pittston, PA.

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Ms. Coleman previously served as Finance Director and Deputy Campaign Manager, respectively, for the Tom Wolf for Governor campaign from 2013-2015. She has also served as Deputy Finance Director for United States Senator Bob Casey from 2010-2013.

In 2014, Ms. Coleman founded and served as President of Coleman & Associates, a company engaged in charitable, private and political creation of fund-raising networks and community and political event planning. Coleman & Associates maintained a client base of state, county and local political candidates, large and small companies, and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Coleman has spent a lifetime in public service beginning at a very young age. At the age of twenty, Cassandra was appointed Mayor of her hometown of Exeter Borough to fill her late grandfather, Mayor Joseph Coyne’s unexpired term. Following her appointment, Cassandra was re-elected Mayor twice and left office to join the Wolf Administration. In addition to serving as Mayor, Cassandra served as a Junior Council Representative for Exeter Borough during her junior and senior years of high school.

Ms. Coleman was one of the youngest female mayors in the history of the United States. She was featured in Oprah Magazine in a segment titled “Women Who Defy Age.” Cassandra was also featured in a national NBC segment called “The Smart Woman”.

In her community, Cassandra is a Board Member of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, Junior Leadership of Wilkes-Barre, Junior Achievement of Northeastern PA and Children’s Service Center.

Ms. Coleman is a 2010 graduate of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre where she earned a degree in Political Science. She is also a 2006 graduate of Wyoming Area High School in Exeter, PA.

Cassandra continues to reside in Exeter with her husband, James Corcoran, and son, James IV.
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Contact Us

Below are the contact details for each regional office. Please note: to contact Governor Tom Wolf with a question, comment or concern, instead visit governor.pa.gov/contact.

Northwest Region
Counties
Julie Slomski
100 State St.
Suite 205
Erie, PA 165407
814-878-5719
Erie Elk Crawford McKean
Mercer Cameron Venango Clearfield
Warren Potter Forest Clinton
Clarion Centre . .
Southeast Region
Counties
Nedia Ralston
200 S. Broad St. 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-560-2640
Northampton Philadelphia Lehigh Bucks
Berks Chester Delaware Montgomery
Southwest Region
Counties
Erin Molchany
301 5th Avenue, Room 240
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-565-5700
Lawrence Fayette Beaver Indiana
Washington Cambria Greene Somerset
Allegheny Blair Butler Bedford
Armstrong Fulton Westmoreland Huntington
Northeast Region
Counties
Cassandra Coleman
2 North Main St.
Pittston, PA 18640
570-614-2090
Tioga Columbia Bradford Montour
Susquehanna Northumberland Wayne Snyder
Pike Union Monroe Sullivan
Carbon Lycoming Lackawanna Mifflin
Wyoming Juniata Luzerne Perry
Schuylkill . . .
Central Region
Counties
Mark Smith
Director Government Affairs and Outreach
Office of the Governor
238 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
717-772-3820
Franklin Cumberland Adams York
Dauphin Lancaster Lebanon .