With the 2017 municipal election barely in the rearview mirror and the 2018 primary just six months away, politics never stops.
Today, meet Who’s Next: Politics, The Incline’s second class of up-and-coming political leaders. Members include a mayor-elect, 2018 candidates, party leaders and those working behind the scenes answering phones and researching policy.
Who’s Next is sponsored by S&T Bank and celebrates rising under-40 leaders in different fields. The Incline’s editorial staff vetted dozens of nominees to select this class.
Arielle Cohen ROSSILYNNE CULGAN / THE INCLINE
Through two roles, Arielle Cohen’s focus is “economic justice through collective liberation.” Cohen is the operations manager for One Pennsylvania, an advocacy organization that tackles economic justice and political participation issues, and she’s the co-chair of Pittsburgh Democratic Socialists of America. “I wanted to help grow [DSA’s] movement to support the most vulnerable under capitalism, white supremacy and patriarchy, systems that no single elected person can dismantle alone. We must demand what we deserve at school, at work, at home, and in all aspects of our lives,” she told The Incline. Cohen also was involved in bringing the International Women’s Strike to Pittsburgh in March. She started in activism by drafting a sexual assault policy for State University of New York College at Purchase while she was a student there. That policy was adopted by the SUNY system in 2014. She also was active in Occupy Wall Street and Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in New Hampshire. Cohen told The Incline she learned through those experiences that while campaign work is important, there’s also important work to do outside of the election cycle. Cohen attended Nassau Community College and State University of New York College at Purchase. She lives in Lawrenceville.
Proud to be included in this cohort alongside Mike DeVanney, Sally Stadelman, Lindsey M. Williams, Jaren Love, Moira B. Kaleida, Katelyn K Lamm, Aaron Robert Bonnaure, Lindsay Alexandra Powell, Bethani Cameron, Curt Conrad, Wasiullah Mohamed, Arielle Cohen, Matthew T. Shorraw, Megan Winters, Michelle L. Gapsky, Brandon Mendoza, Sara Innamorato, Corey Buckner,