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Hayley Haldeman

Hayley Haldeman

Adjunct Faculty

Hayley Haldeman is an attorney and nonprofit leader with a decade of hands-on experience in nonprofit governance and administration, particularly with arts organizations.

Haldeman currently serves as Counsel with the international law firm Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, in the firm's Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations Group. In her practice, she focuses exclusively on the unique challenges that nonprofits face, working as outside general counsel and advisor on issues including governance, structure, operations, risk mitigation and strategy.

From 2019 through 2022, Haldeman served as interim, then permanent, Executive Director of the Mattress Factory, a contemporary installation art museum in Pittsburgh, PA. During her tenure, she steered the organization through institutional transition and the COVID-19 pandemic, erased a significant projected deficit and grew the organization’s endowment, and established and strengthened partnerships with community stakeholders.

Prior to her role at the Mattress Factory, Haldeman was a litigator for seven years in the Pittsburgh office of a large international law firm. Her pro bono practice focused on nonprofit formation and governance, and she counseled various regional nonprofit organizations on a variety of issues. For her legal work, Haldeman was recognized as a "Rising Star" by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers from 2014 – 2019.

Haldeman is an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. Her current courses focus on museum operations and human resources management for nonprofits, respectively.

A Pittsburgh native, Haldeman is active in civic and community affairs. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Steering Committee for the Eradicate Hate 2022 Global Summit, among other engagements. She has previously served in leadership and board roles with various nonprofit organizations and civic initiatives, including as the former chairwoman of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Arts & Law Committee. Pittsburgh Magazine recognized Haldeman as a “40 Under 40” awardee in 2018.

Haldeman graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and the George Washington University. She currently lives in the South Hills with her husband and their two children.