Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter named Katherine Gajewski ’02 as the new director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.
According to a July 18 article in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Mayor Nutter interviewed several candidates as he searched for someone with political savvy and operational experience who was also a team player. Ultimately, the mayor said, “we found that person and she was just across the hall.” Gajewski was a current staff member in the office.
As an aide to the chief of staff, Gajewski oversaw two citywide “spring cleanups” and advised Nutter on appointments to city boards and commissions. Before joining the administration, she developed a sustainability policy paper as a Nutter campaign volunteer and worked for Breathe Free Philadelphia Alliance, which helped push legislation making the city smoke-free, according to the Inquirer.