Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission

The purpose of the creation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission is to address Resolution 43 Declaring Racism as a Public Health Crisis in Erie County.

In accordance with The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 H.R.1319, the function of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission shall be to organize a structure which will invest in racially diverse populations by granting funding that creates opportunities for minority populations, lobbies for inclusive policy, and empowers minority populations throughout Erie County while adhering to the ARPA guidelines and policies.

As of September 28, 2021, Erie County Council has seated the full board of directors, which was formally put forth by County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper. On October 20, 2021, the board held their first official meeting and elected officers.

  • Board Chairperson: Gerald Blanks
  • Vice Chairperson: Tiffany L. LaVette
  • Secretary: Denise C. Pekelnicky, Esquire
  • Treasurer: Sarah Carter, M.D.
  • Adrienne M. Dixon, Ph.D.
  • Darrell G. Thorpe, SHRM-CP
  • David Gonzalez
  • Gwendolyn White
  • Matthew Harris, Sr.

Meetings will be held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at the Erie County Courthouse, 5th Floor, Press Room. Questions can be sent to gblanks@geedc.org.

Legal Notice

2021 Meetings of the Erie County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

  • Executive Committee Meeting – November 3, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
  • Finance Committee Meeting – November 3, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Regular Meetings of the Board – 8:30 a.m.

  • November 10, 2021
  • November 24, 2021
  • December 8, 2021
  • December 22, 2021


All meetings will be held at Erie County Courthouse, 140 W. 6th Street, Room 504, Erie PA 16501

  • The public is invited to attend adhering to CDC mask and distance requirements
  • Questions can be directed to gblanks@geedc.org or by calling 814-456-2621