Mayor Paige Cognetti – Empower Conference Speaker Chamber News February 13, 2020 The Honorable Paige Gebhardt Cognetti is the Mayor of Scranton and the first female to hold the position. Mayor Cognetti came from her role as special assistant to the Pennsylvania Auditor General, the chief fiscal watchdog of the commonwealth. She advised on financial management, governance and transparency. Her areas of focus included 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 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. Mayor Cognetti has been a fundraiser and project director on numerous democratic political campaigns, received her BA in English Literature and Romance Languages from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.