Meet Carolyn

Carolyn T. Comitta is the State Representative for the 156th Legislative District in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which includes the Borough of West Chester, East Goshen, Westtown, Thornbury, Birmingham, and parts of West Goshen Townships. She serves on the following PA House of Representative’s Committees: Aging & Older Adult Services, Environmental Resources & Energy, Local Government (appointed to the Sub-Committee on Boroughs), Professional Licensure, and Urban Affairs. Carolyn has also been appointed to the PA Joint Legislative Air & Water Pollution Control & Conservation Committee

Formerly, the two-term Mayor of West Chester, PA, member of Borough Council, the National League of Cities and PA Municipal League, and through decades of participation in local, state, national and international organizations, Carolyn has gained a deep and broad knowledge of public policy and governance that is of great benefit to the citizens of the 156th Legislative District.

Carolyn is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Thomas Comitta Associates (TCA). In this capacity, Carolyn is an integral member of the TCA team, providing experienced leadership based in a strong commitment to the planning and design field, environmental sustainability, education, and public health.

Carolyn’s professional background is in education. She continues to serve as a mentor to students, and since 1992 has organized the attendance of over 2000 local students at the annual Health and Environment Conference at the United Nations.

Carolyn Comitta for the PA Senate 156th Legislative District




Master of Science in Education, Widener University, 1989

Bachelor of Science, West Chester State College, 1974



State Representative, 156th Legislative District, 2017-2018

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc., Town Planners & Landscape Architects West Chester, Pennsylvania 1990 - Present

Educator/Teacher, Curriculum Specialist Octorara School District, Chester County, PA 1974-1985



Mayor of West Chester, 2010 - 2017

West Chester Borough Council, 2006 - 2010

World Information Transfer, Inc., In General Consultative Status with the UN North American Regional Director, 1998 - 2009 Treasurer, Board of Directors, 1995 - present

National League of Cities, 2006 - present Leadership Training Council, Vice Chair 2009-10

Pennsylvania Municipal League, 2006 - present Board of Directors, 2014 - present

Community Campus Coalition, West Chester Co-Chair, 2008 - present

Brandywine Valley Scenic By-Ways Commission Appointed Member, Advisory Group, 2013

Appointed Member: Chester County Planning Commission Public Transportation Plan Task Force, 2014

K. Kovshevych Foundation (KKF) Treasurer, Board of Directors, 2005 - present

Featured Writer: Chester County Women’s Journal


Awards and Recognitions

West Chester Henderson High School's Black Student Union Dr. John H. Hewlett Award for Community Service, 2017

Martin Luther King Commemorative Society, Drum Major for Justice Award, 2015

Chester County March of Dimes, Women of Achievement Award, 2015

Marine Corps League, Distinguished Citizen Award, 2014

Commencement Speaker: West Chester University Graduate School, 2013

West Chester University, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011

Bayard Rustin Award for Social Justice, WCU LBGTQU, 2011

Main Line Today, “Top 20 Women on the Move”, 2011


Select Projects

UN Conference on Human Settlements, Istanbul, 1996

UN Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, 1994

UN Conference on Environment & Development, Rio de Janeiro, 1992

Health & Environment Conference, United Nations Conference Organizer/Student Facilitator,1992 - present

Community Involvement

West Chester University College of Arts and Humanities, Dean's Advisory Board 2016-present

Honorary Member, Marine Corps League 2014-present

Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce

Rotary Club of West Chester

League of Women Voters

American Association of University Women

West Chester University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Dean’s Advisory Board, 2007 - present

West Chester Film Festival Advisory Board, 2006 - present