Chelsa Wagner

Allegheny County

Chelsa Wagner took office as Allegheny County Controller in 2012, the first woman to hold that office. She oversees annual expenditures of $1.5 billion and is committed to transparency, efficiency, accountability and innovation in County government.

Chelsa is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Before seeking public office, she worked as a private sector business analyst and an attorney in private practice.

As a Pennsylvania State Representative from 2007 until 2012, Chelsa focused on saving neighborhood libraries and bringing other types of community and economic development opportunities to her district through innovation and collaboration. Her leadership helped resurrect the Pittsburgh Marathon from a 5-year hiatus to become a world-class event that also promotes health in local schools and communities.

As Controller, her office has provided close scrutiny of County spending and contracts, resulting in considerable savings to taxpayers, has modernized its auditing function to meet the highest professional standards, and implemented technological improvements that promote efficiency and transparency.

She has led efforts to bring transparency and accountability to municipal authorities, jail healthcare, and water quality, among other efforts. She is currently spearheading efforts to eliminate lead water lines that serve 25% of Pittsburgh homes.

Chelsa was chosen from among more than 125 nominees to participate in the Governing Institute’s Women In Government Leadership Program for 2017, which brings together 25 outstanding elected women leaders from across the nation to acknowledge their contributions, provide leadership development, and mentor the next generation of women leaders to run for office.

She has also completed the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women within the Tepper School of Business, a six-month program for women executives focusing on strategic visioning, leadership branding, expanding networks of influence, and navigating barriers.

Chelsa and her husband, Khari Mosley, reside with their two sons—5 and 8—in the North Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Chelsa Wagner will be speaking at:

Using Transparency to Rebut Public Misinformation and Misunderstandings

- 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM ,

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