Ed Gainey is running for state representative to bring new leadership and a new vision to the neighborhoods that make up Pennsylvania’s 24th legislative district.

Ed Gainey most recently worked as the Community Development Specialist for the City of Pittsburgh, where he had implemented several initiatives such as Business Seminars, Minority Media Initiative, Diversity Education for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and The 52 Weeks of Peace Initiative.

Ed collaborated with Building Bridges and Allegheny County of Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MWDBE) to host several business seminars such as “How to Start a Business,” and “Business with Google.”  In addition Ed hosted with the City of Pittsburgh’s Equal Opportunity Review Commission and Allegheny County MWDBE, two seminars that focused on City and County Demolition, Service, and Professional Service contracts.

Mr. Gainey collaborated with Minority Media to create the Minority Media Initiative (Initiative). This Initiative focused on building effective relationships between the Mayor’s office and Minority Media Vendors.  The goals of the Initiative were, access to the City’s leadership, support minority media business development, support efforts to build sustainable relationships with Minority Media Vendors, the Greater Pittsburgh Business and Nonprofit communities. The Initiative also produced a Minority Media Contact Information Guide and was distributed throughout City of Pittsburgh departments and Quasi Government agencies to increase Minority Media Business Development.

Ed Gainey worked with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Department, City of Pittsburgh Personnel Office, and Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network to produce action items that will lead to the diversity of the Police Department. The first action item was Diversity Education. Diversity Education requires each police officer regardless of rank to receive diversity education. At the end of the tutorial, they take an exam to determine how much they have learned in the Diversity Education class.

The 52 Weeks of Peace Initiative was a multi-sector collaboration with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office and several churches/religious institutions in the City ofPittsburgh. The mission was design to promote the use of Silent Complaint Forms by showing two video presentations that focused on the type of guns on the street and pictures of real trauma homicide cases. The outreach was aimed at having church congregations participate by filling out Silent Complaint Forms of negative activity going on in their neighborhood. The 52 Weeks of Peace Initiative produced a large increase of Silent Complaint Forms to the Bureau of Pittsburgh Police Department.

Ed is a Board Member for Divine Intervention Ministries and PROMISE organizations.  He has received several community awards and certificates. His most recent award was from The New Pittsburgh Courier for being one of the 50 Men of Excellence in thePittsburghregion.  In 2010, Ed Gainey also received the Family Life Empowerment Community Center award from the Northside Church of God and Christ for his accomplishments in Community Outreach.  In 2009, he received the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Public Service Awards from Champion Enterprise.  Ed also participated in the planning and implementation of the Be a 6th Grade Mentor program.  This program was designed to mentor 6th grade kids in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Ed Gainey serves as Chairman of the Pittsburgh City Democratic Committee.  On June 29, 2010, Ed became the first African American in the City of Pittsburgh to be elected to this position. In 2006, he was elected Vice Chairperson of the Pittsburgh City Democratic Committee where he assisted in planning of a large democratic rally to get out the vote for democratic candidates running for the office of Governor and Senate.  He was also a member of the Democratic African American Ward Chair Caucus that focused on giving the African American community an opportunity to meet, greet and hear candidates that were seeking political office.  Ed currently serves as Allegheny County Democratic Committeeman in the 12th Ward 10 District.

Ed is a native of Pittsburgh and was raised in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh.  He attended Central Catholic High School and graduated from Peabody High School.  In 1994, he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management fromMorganStateUniversity. Ed and his wife attend Cornerstone Baptist Church in the Lincoln Lemington section of Pittsburgh.