Rona Pietrzak


BA (history): Duquesne University
MPA (Urban Executive Management): University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
JD: University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Career summary:

Associate Dean, Bryn Mawr College (directed the McBride Scholars Program for women “beyond traditional college age”; advised students of traditional and non-traditional college age; established and oversaw the Peer Mentoring Program)

Lecturer, Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (Law and Social Policy Program)

Assistant Professor of Law, Rutgers-Camden School of Law (taught Civil Procedure,  Private and Public Sector Labor Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution; supervised Labor Law Moot Court; served on the Academic Affairs Committee)

Staff Representative, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Distirct Council 84, Pittsburgh, PA (handled grievances through the arbitration level for employees in various state departments, and employees of local governments; negotiated collective bargaining agreements with local governments, served on AFSCME’s statewide Comparative Worth Committee)

Caseworker, Allegheny County, PA Department of Child Welfare Services (foster care and adoption units)

Community/volunteer commitments:

Currently, I am active in Chicago’s Jewish Council for Urban Affairs, which works in coalition with a variety of progressive organizations for social justice; my particular focus is with the Police Accountability Committee. I am also active at  Lakeview Pantry, which is part of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. I am part of a group providing emotional, educational and other support to a Syrian refugee family which immigrated to the US in later 2016. I volunteer extensively in local and national political campaigns

At Germantown Jewish Center, Philadelphia, PA, I served on the Board as a member of the finance committee;  I was a member of the Social Justice Committee and participated in a successful campaign to education GJC members and join the city-wide inter-faith POWER committee which works for racial and economic justice; I held governance positions in other synagogue committees.


Spending time with my new granddaughter; kayaking; quilting and other crafts; reading mysteries; walking/hiking; traveling