Nikki Lu (MPIA, ’13) Named “Who’s Next” Winner

The online news site “The Incline,” recently unveiled its 2017 “Who’s Next” winners – 19 people who are shaping Pittsburgh’s political scene.  Among the winners is Nikki Lu (MPIA, ’13), political director for the SEIU in Western Pennsylvania. Lu is the daughter of an Irish-American mother who worked multiple odd jobs and a political refugee father from Vietnam who worked as a steelworker in a Rubbermaid factory. Lu said she witnessed and felt the effects of inequality during her childhood in rural Ohio, one of the reasons why she decided to work in government. She got her master's from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and worked on the campaign of Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman. She later served as campaign manager for Councilwoman Deb Gross before becoming Western Pennsylvania political director of Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ. “Nikki is the future of the labor movement and Allegheny County politics,” wrote one person who nominated her. Lu is also a graduate of Coro Pittsburgh's Women in Leadership program and was selected to be in the inaugural class of Emerge Pennsylvania, which trains Democratic women to run for office — something Lu plans to do at the state and national level. She lives in Friendship.


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