Since 2007, Pennsylvania United has been building progressive organizing infrastructure in Western Pennsylvania to create communities that work for everyone. The PA United model focuses on nurturing a strong base of membership through tactics like deep canvassing, political education, and candidate development. From their base, they are creating a pipeline of community leaders who feel confident running for office. In 2021, PA United’s efforts helped elect 14 members into office in six western counties. In 2022, PA United provided policy support and also helped these leaders work with their communities to determine legislative priorities and practice co-governance.

In 2023, this work yielded important policy successes, including a $2 million pilot for universal basic income for families in Erie, a climate action plan and rental registry in Crawford, a tenant bill of rights at State College, and in Meadville passing tenant protections and re-municipalizing essential services like the county ambulance.

PA United is successfully applying its effective grassroots model to every level of government. Many of PA United’s members won re-election in 2023, showcasing the organization’s lasting impact on local leadership. Member Sara Innamoratu decisively won the Allegheny County Executive race by emphasizing progressive values and centering issues that matter to working people. As County Executive, Innamoratu will control over $5 billion in public funding that touches everything from the environment to housing and homelessness, reproductive justice, and businesses and real estate deals. Her election ensures that communities and local leaders will have a meaningful role in designing the future of Western Pennsylvania.