About the Mayor

A picture of the Mayor, Paige G. Cognetti, crossing her arms in front of the Scranton Electric City sign.

Paige G. Cognetti – Mayor

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Phone: (570) 348-4101
Fax: (570) 348-4251

Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti took office as Mayor of Scranton on January 6, 2020.

Prior to becoming Mayor, she advised the Pennsylvania Auditor General, the chief fiscal watchdog of the commonwealth, on oversight of public school districts, care for older adults, criminal justice reform and student debt.

Mayor Cognetti previously served as a director on the Scranton School Board, overseeing a $160M budget and helping navigate the district’s dual crises of financial distress and public mistrust.

She has a background in government oversight, investment management, economic policy, international relations and political campaigns, with broad experience in budget oversight, business development, coalition building and strategic communications.
    
Mayor Cognetti served in the Obama administration from 2009-2012 as a senior advisor to the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department. She was a fundraiser and project director on numerous political campaigns, including running the out-of-state volunteer program in Pennsylvania for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.

She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College with a BA in English Literature and Romance Languages.

Mayor Cognetti is originally from Beaverton, Oregon, where her parents still reside. She lives in Scranton with her husband and daughter.

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