The Advisory Council consists of community leaders from the Pittsburgh region who serve as advisers, advocates, and supporters of Penn State Center Pittsburgh. Drawing from their diverse backgrounds and deep connections to Allegheny County, the Council provides input on community problem solving through educational programming, engaged scholarship, applied research, and resource development. Focused on collaboration, enhancement, and innovation, the Council assures that our work is consistent with the mission of Penn State and the purpose of Penn State Center Pittsburgh.
Our council members are:
Malik Bankston, Executive Director, Kingsley Association
Fred Bonci, Founding Partner, LaQuatra Bonci Associates
Theresa Bryant, Vice President, Workforce Development, Community College of Allegheny County
Darla Cravotta, Manager, Special Projects, Office of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Dan Eichenlaub, President, Eichenlaub, Inc.
Senator Wayne Fontana, Pennsylvania State Senate 42nd District (Keith Wehner, Delegate)
Evan Frazier, Senior Vice President of Community Affairs, Highmark, Inc.
Raymond W. Gastil, AICP, Director, City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning
Presley L. Gillespie, President, Neighborhood Allies
Bill Generett, President and CEO, Urban Innovation21
Melanie Harrington, CEO, Vibrant Pittsburgh
Franco Harris, President/Owner, Co-founder, Super Bakery/Eco Product Group LLC
Lisa Hart, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Lending and Services, Dollar Bank
Ernie Hogan, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Brian Jensen, Ph.D., Executive Director, Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh, Senior Vice President, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Tim King, Vice President, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter Penn State Alumni Association
Jan Lauer, District Manager, Allegheny County Conservation District
Lawrence J. Lennon, P.E., D.WRE, President, Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering, Inc.
Tim McNulty, Associate Vice President of Government Relations, Carnegie Mellon University
Erin C. Molchany, Director, Governor’s Southwest Regional Office
Karen Rath, Not-for-Profit and University Specialist, VP, CTP, The Huntington National Bank
Audrey Russo, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council
Alan Seadler, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Research and Technology, Duquesne University
Cynthia Shields, Senior Project Manager, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board
Fred Thieman, President, The Buhl Foundation
Robert Tunno, Special Advisor, Industrial Growth Partners
Jack Ubinger, Environmental Policy Advisor, Conflict Resolution Practitioner, and Adjunct Faculty Member, Duquesne University
Paul Umbach, Founder and President, Tripp Umbach, Inc.
Representative Jake Wheatley, Jr., Pennsylvania House of Representatives (Jamil Bey, Delegate)