About Mayor Nesby

Volunteer at Pittsburgh Business Exchange Annual Fund Raiser, Diamond Run Golf Club (Sewickley, PA)

The honorable Mayor Nickole Nesby is a dedicated public servant with 20 years’ experience in legislative government: 10 as field representative/district caseworker for Congressman Mike Doyle and a decade in executive government for the U.S. Treasury Department as a Frontline Manager and Contact Service Representative.  In November 2017, Nesby successfully unseated incumbent Phillip Krivacek to become the first female and African American to head the city of Duquesne, PA.

No stranger to socioeconomic disparity, Ms. Nesby was born in McKeesport, PA in 1970 to parents Carol and Richard Brooks, hard working steel mill workers who instilled within her the drive and determination to succeed against all odds. One of seven siblings, she refused to allow poverty to derail her goal of attaining higher education. Nesby recently completed her fourth degree, an MBS from Northcentral University in Organizational Leadership Specializing in Nonprofit. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in General Business, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Thiel College and a Certificate in Accounting from the Community College of Allegheny College.

While Mayor Nesby has no children of her own, she singlehandedly raised a sibling’s children when their mother became addicted to crack. She has continued to champion initiatives for children and youth regionally and around the state, including promoting careers for minorities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As a first-term mayor, Nesby is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Duquesne’s indigent population of 5,481. Home to U.S. Steel, post-industrial Duquesne was rated Pennsylvania’s most financially distressed city in 1991. Plagued by systemic poverty, illiteracy and incarceration, 80% percent of its residents are welfare recipients and of that number, half have criminal records.  Deemed the worst performing school system in Pennsylvania, Duquesne was forced to close its high school in 2007, bussing students to nearby West Mifflin and East Allegheny. While the future appears bleak, there is a woman in the mayor’s office with a proven track record of turning adversity into opportunities. Since becoming mayor, Nickole Nesby has worked tirelessly to promote economic development, improve the city’s infrastructure, provide accessible and affordable healthcare, and build partnerships between industries and schools to support vocational training and create jobs. During her mayoral race, Nesby promoted numerous workshops, seminars and initiatives to fight crime, boost voter registration, and promote minority entrepreneurship.
Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Leslie Richards and myself attending the Summit on Infrastructure sponsored by GOVERNING Magazine
Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding and myself touring the Duquesne Victory Community Garden.

Mayor Nesby says, “My aspiration is to make Duquesne a better place to live. I want residents to have a quality education, I want to promote home ownership with reasonable mortgage payments, I want economic development, better transportation, ensure medical providers are provided, update parks, and provide better recreation and playgrounds.”

The honorable Mayor Nickole Nesby is a recipient of the Phillis Wheatley Literary Society of Duquesne Milestone Award in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding accomplishments and notable public service. Her continued success as mayor is inevitable as she endeavors to help rebuild Duquesne and bring to its citizens a new era of prosperity, sustained economic growth, and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Rare Variety Cafe

A local vegan restaurant. Their  mobile truck travels to underserved communities and provides healthy eating. Everything is self grown.

Duquesne Victory Garden

2nd & Hamilton Playground Ka-Boom

St Patrick Day Parade with Vice President Joe Biden in 2013
Chelsey Clinton at the opening of our office in Duquesne at 909 Crawford St


The City of Duquesne selected for Harvard Students' Masters Program-Capstone Requirements

inCity farms Duquesne PA site plan project

Former Steel Site To See Aquaponics Facility” – iGrow News 11-13-201911

What people say about Nickole

While the Port Authority thanks all the men who either opposed this campaign or did nothing to support it, we think it's time to recognize the black women leaders who have raised up all the critical issues and people that the BRT planned to ignore. Shoutout to Mayor Nickole Nesby, Braddock Council President Tina Doose, McKeesport Council Person Fawn Walker, and Summer Lee for their support, and their commitment to centering the needs of residents they work with! They have been with the campaign since the beginning and have been at almost every single press conference, meeting, and rally to ensure that this development project does not happen on the backs of Mon Valley Residents!