Updated: Sep 12
Dear Fellow GASPers,
Poet TS Eliot wrote, “To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” That resonates with us here at GASP, which is nearing the end of an era – one led by Rachel Filippini.
For those who may not have heard: Rachel, who served as our executive assistant and education coordinator prior to ascending to the position of executive director 17 years ago, will depart GASP in mid-September to pursue the next chapter in her personal and professional life.
We wish Rachel well and are so grateful for her service and dedication to GASP and its mission. Over the years, she spearheaded Allegheny County air quality legislation, increased GASP’s educational programming, creatively collaborated with myriad organizations to increase awareness, and continued to keep air pollution issues in the public eye.
She worked hard to help people from all walks of life better understand how air quality impacts them, and how to take action in their own communities. Her steadfast commitment to improving the air we all breathe spurred real change in Allegheny County and beyond.
The end of Rachel’s tenure marks the beginning of a new era at GASP, one during which we will work to meet the goals set forth in an ambitious strategic plan initiated earlier this year.
We are currently screening candidates and will keep you posted as the process proceeds.
While Rachel wishes she could see and hug all of you at a big going-away celebration, given current pandemic realities, it’s just not in the cards. Instead, she asks GASP supporters who wish to honor her to consider making a donation to help our new leader hit the ground running. Starting this new era on sound financial footing will ensure our ability to continue pushing for updated coke oven regulations, strong episodic weather rules, and carry on our important education, legal, and watchdog work.
Big or small, all donations are graciously accepted. You can make a one-time or recurring donation in honor of Rachel’s work and legacy on our website via PayPal or by check via snail mail.
Our address is 1133 S Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218. If you would prefer, our office manager Kathy Lawson can process your credit card donation over the phone – just email her at email@example.com.
We look forward to entering this new era with you.
GASP President Jonathan Nadle