Rep. Carolyn Comitta Biography

Carolyn T. Comitta is the State Representative for the 156th Legislative District in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which includes the Borough of West Chester, East Goshen, Westtown, Thornbury, Birmingham, and parts of West Goshen Townships. She serves on the following PA House of Representatives Committees: Aging & Older Adult Services, Environmental Resources & Energy, and Appropriations. Carolyn has also been appointed to the PA Joint Legislative Air & Water Pollution Control & Conservation Committee. She was appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.

Formerly, the two-term Mayor of West Chester, PA, member of Borough Council, the National League of Cities and PA Municipal League, and through decades of participation in local, state, national and international organizations, Carolyn has gained a deep and broad knowledge of public policy and governance that is of great benefit to the citizens of the 156th Legislative District.

Carolyn is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Thomas Comitta Associates (TCA). In this capacity, Carolyn is an integral member of the TCA team, providing experienced leadership based in a strong commitment to the planning and design field, environmental sustainability, education, and public health.

Carolyn’s professional background is in education. She continues to serve as a mentor to students, and since 1992 has organized the attendance of over 2,500 local students at the annual Health and Environment Conference at the United Nations.

EDUCATION

  • Master of Science in Education, Widener University, 1989
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, West Chester State College, 1974

EMPLOYMENT

  • State Representative, 156th Legislative District, 2017-2018
  • Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc., Town Planners & Landscape Architects West Chester, Pennsylvania 1990 - Present
  • Educator/Teacher, Curriculum Specialist Octorara School District, Chester County, PA 1974-1985

MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS

  • Mayor of West Chester, 2010 - 2017 (First woman elected and first to win both the Republican and Democratic primaries)
  • West Chester Borough Council, 2006 - 2010
  • World Information Transfer, Inc., In General Consultative Status with the UN North American Regional Director, 1998 - 2009 Treasurer, Board of Directors, 1995 - present
  • National League of Cities, 2006 - 2017 Leadership Training Council, Vice Chair 2009-10
  • Pennsylvania Municipal League, 2006 – 2017 Board of Directors, 2014 - 2017
  • Community Campus Coalition, West Chester Co-Chair, 2008 - present
  • Brandywine Valley Scenic By-Ways Commission Appointed Member, Advisory Group, 2013
  • Appointed Member: Chester County Planning Commission Public Transportation Plan Task Force, 2014
  • K. Kovshevych Foundation (KKF) Treasurer, Board of Directors, 2005 - present
  • Featured Writer: Chester County Women’s Journal 2010 – 2012

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • West Chester Henderson High School’s Black Student Union Dr. John H. Hewlett Award for Community Service, 2017
  • Martin Luther King Commemorative Society, Drum Major for Justice Award, 2015
  • Chester County March of Dimes, Women of Achievement Award, 2015
  • Marine Corps League, Distinguished Citizen Award, 2014
  • Commencement Speaker: West Chester University Graduate School, 2013
  • West Chester University, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011
  • Bayard Rustin Award for Social Justice, WCU LBGTQU, 2011
  • Main Line Today, “Top 20 Women on the Move”, 2011

SELECT PROJECTS

  • UN Conference on Human Settlements, Istanbul, 1996
  • UN Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, 1994
  • UN Conference on Environment & Development, Rio de Janeiro, 1992
  • Health & Environment Conference, United Nations Conference Organizer/Student Facilitator,1992 - present

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • West Chester University College of Arts and Humanities, Dean’s Advisory Board, 2016 - present
  • Honorary Member, Marine Corps League 2014-present
  • Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce
  • Rotary Club of West Chester
  • League of Women Voters
  • American Association of University Women
  • West Chester University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Dean’s Advisory Board, 2007 - 2016
  • West Chester Film Festival Advisory Board, 2006 - present