Deb is a lifelong progressive, community organizer, strategic planner and fundraiser. A champion for Pittsburgh neighborhoods, Deb has a track record of transformative involvement with many community development organizations including the Lawrenceville Corporation; Mildred’s Daughters Farm; the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation; The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance, as founding executive director; and the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Deb started a business called Pecolater, which helped community development corporations and non-profits strengthen ties to the business community.
Her political work has included the campaigns of Bill Peduto, Patrick Dowd, Bruce Kraus, Lisa Bennington, Gene Riccardi, and the Run Baby Run Initiative, which supports women running for office.
Deb Gross received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Florida and Master’s Degree in Sociology from the Duke University. She is married to Stan Caldwell who works at Carnegie Mellon University and has a six-year-old daughter, Theodora, and a one-year-old son, Stanley.
The 7th Council District includes the neighborhoods of Bloomfield, Friendship, Highland Park, Lawrenceville, Morningside, Polish Hill, Stanton Heights and the Strip District.