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CED Executive Fellows


Center for Economic Development Fellows are top executives of some of the most influential and innovative organizations in the Pittsburgh region (and Philadelphia) in economic development today. They are key decision makers for local economic, community, and technological investments, and the leaders of some of the institutions that helped make Pittsburgh and Philadelphia models for other cities struggling to redevelop in the aftermath of deindustrialization. Some of them are involved in fostering business startups around new technologies; others are working to open up the scenic beauty and unlock the economic potential of our riverfronts, while still others are working to bring distressed neighborhoods and communities back from the brink.

By agreement with the College, these organizations will be submitting important projects and policy questions that our students will be able to engage through system synthesis capstone projects. Overtime, Fellows will also engage students through Convocations, student Smart Growth Club events, and panel discussions. With the help of our Fellows, the College is opening up new learning opportunities in policy and practice for students interested in economic development.

Executive Fellow Bios


Fellows at Large


Fellows at large are either former Executive Fellows who have moved on from our partner organizations, but still work in Pennsylvania EDOs or related agencies, or are C-level alumni that head EDOs across the country.

Retired Fellows


Our eternal thanks to these Executive Fellows who have moved on from our partner organizations or have retired from the field!