These under-40 influencers are making their mark. Meet Emily Pisano, the designer-turned-public servant.
Emily Pisano, Age 27
Assistant to the mayor and chief of police of West Chester Borough
When it comes to career transitions, the jump from fashion to government might seem unexpected, but for Emily Pisano, a former fashion line owner and current Assistant to the Mayor and Chief of Police,the leap made sense — and she landed it with grace, and of course, style.
Pisano, a Downingtown native, moved to West Chester after graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S.in Fashion Merchandising and pursued a career working at Malena’s Vintage Boutique before becoming co-owner of Tesoro Design, a leather handbag company. It was during the 2016 election that Pisano heard a higher calling that would take her beyond handbags and into Borough Hall.
She started getting more involved in politics, first as a hobby and then as a conscious commitment, attending Borough Democratic Committee meetings and courthouse rallies. Soon she was paying less attention to style trends and more to current events and decided to take the plunge into the political sphere.
In her current administrative-support role, she attends meetings, prepares agendas, and plans events surrounding the Mayor’s Opioid Action Task Force and the Clean & Green Initiative, among other things. Essentially, she’s the actor behind the scenes, handling operations that improve the borough and surrounding communities.
When she’s not working, you can find her volunteering with the To get HER initiative, the Chester County Young Democrats, or enjoying the hummus at Sidebar. In the fall, she’ll begin pursuing her master’s in Public Administration at WCU.
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