Sala Udin is president and CEO of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh and a former member of Pittsburgh City Council. During his 11 years on Pittsburgh City Council, Udin became known as the voice for the poor and oppressed. He led the city’s contracting of a disparity study, which resulted in an unprecedented number of underrepresented groups obtaining jobs or construction contracts for the demolition of Three Rivers Stadium and the construction of PNC Park and Heinz Field.
Udin served as chair of City Council’s Finance and Budget Committee for three successive two-year terms and led two citywide referenda to amend the City Charter to include the Citizen Police Review Board and to create a jobs program called Pittsburgh Works. He also oversaw the largest new housing construction in Pittsburgh’s history-Crawford Square, Bedford Hills, Oak Hill and the Manchester Hope VI communities.
More recently, Udin assumed his current post as president and CEO of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen the democratic process by preparing individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public arena. It has additional chapters in New York, St. Louis, Cleveland, Kansas City, LA, and San Francisco.