Beth Gilbert ran for Wilkes-Barre City Council in 2015 and won. At the time, she was still a student at Wilkes University, working on her Bachelor's degree in Political Science with minors in policy studies, international studies, and women's studies.
Her interst in local government began in high school when she was involved with Junior Council. About her 2015 campaign, Gilbert said, "I could have waited four years to run, but I knew I had something to bring to the table now, and I thought, why wait? I have always been interested in giving back, and I figured there was no better way than to run for office."
Prior to running for City Council, Gilbert interened with the United Nations. She worked with the Humpty Dumpty Institute, a non profit that partners with government entities to find solutions to humanitarian issues. She spent a summer interning for the permanent mission of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations. As an intern, she attended the general assembly meetings as a partial representative for Rwands, where they discussed topics such as Milleninnial development goals and issues facing women.
Beth has served on WIlkes-Barre City Council since January 2016.