Mayor Ed Pawlowski
Ed Pawlowski is a leader with skills honed by experience. A center-city Allentown resident for over a decade, Ed knows first-hand both the struggle and the potential Allentown faces. He cares passionately about the future of the city he chose to make his home.
In 2005, Ed was encouraged to run for mayor by business and community leaders. His supporters were quick to point out that Ed’s leadership and experience were the only hope for a city that had been so recklessly managed for years. Voters in Allentown elected Ed and then showed renewed confidence by re-electing him by a nearly 3-1 margin in November 2009, winning every single voting district in the city for a second term.
The tenure of the Pawlowski administration has been characterized by action, purpose, a strong sense of urgency, and endless energy.
Over the past few years, Ed has worked tirelessly to improve Allentown. No less than a half a billion dollars in new development projects have sprung up in every section of our city.
Since his first day as mayor, Ed Pawlowski promised that he would “build a better Allentown” by making City Hall a catalyst for change. He has worked hard to fulfill that promise. The incidence of violent crime has decreased nearly 30% in the past few years.
Ed currently serves as 1st Vice President of the Pennsylvania League of Cities & Municipalities.
Ed received his master’s degree in urban planning and public policy from the University of Illinois and his bachelor’s degree from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where he met his wife, Lisa. They have two children, Mercy and Alex, who both attend Allentown public schools.