Elsie Hillman Civic Forum


Elsie Hillman Civic Forum National Advisory Council

The Elsie Forum will include a National Advisory Council comprising accomplished national and regional figures that will provide leadership and guidance to the Elsie Forum in the selection of targeted programming consistent with the mission, vision, and guiding principles of the Elsie Forum. Comprised of public and private leaders, the National Advisory Council will meet formally once per year to set the overall direction of the Elsie Forum. Council members also will be invited to serve on the Elsie Forum Program Committee.

  • Ms. Esther L. Bush 
    President and CEO
    Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Ms. Lisa Freeland
    Federal Public Defender
    Federal Public Defender Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Mr. G. Reynolds Clark
    Former Vice Chancellor and Special
    Assistant to the Chancellor
  • Dr. Morton Coleman
    Emeritus Director, Institute of Politics
    Professor, School of Social Work University of Pittsburgh
  • Mr. Mark Holman
    Ridge Policy Group
  • Ms. Yvonne Cook 
    Vice President
    Highmark Health Services, Inc.
  • Mr. Ronald Kaufman
    Senior Strategic Advisor & Independent Consultant
    McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
  • Mr. John Denny
    Denny Civic Solutions
  • Mr. Maxwell King
    President & CEO
    The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • The Honorable Mike Doyle
    U.S. House of Representatives
  • Ms. B.J. Leber
    President and CEOAdagio Health
  • Ms. Kim Evert
    President & CEO
    Planned Parenthood of Western PA
  • The Reverend Harold T. Lewis
    Rector Emeritus
    Calvary Episcopal Church
  • The Honorable Dan B. Frankel
    Democratic Caucus Chairl
    PA House of Representatives
  • Ms. Kathleen McCauley
    Allegheny County Jail Collaborative
  • Ms. Kathleen McKenzie
    Vice President, Community & Civic Affairs
    Allegheny Health Network
  • Mr. George L. Miles, Jr.
    Chairman Emeritus & Former President & CEO
    WQED Multimedia Chester Engineers
  • Mr. Tom Murphy
    Senior Resident Fellow & Former Mayor,
    City of Pittsburgh
    Urban Land Institute
  • The Honorable Marjorie "Midge" Rendell
    Judge & Former First Lady, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    United States Court of Appeals
  • Dr. Edith L. Shapira
    Chair, Board of Directors
    The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • Mr. Jack Shea
    Allegheny County Labor Council
  • The Honorable Constance "Connie" Williams
    Chair and Former PA Senator
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Mrs. Doris Carson Williams
    President and CEO
    African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA







Elsie Forum Program Committee

The Program Committee will meet from time-to-time throughout the academic year to work with Forum staff in assessing the design, quality and effectiveness of student program offerings, to ensure that we are attaining our stated goals of student civic engagement, leadership development and scholarly research, and also will interface with student scholars, fellows and interns as mentors and/or by providing feedback on academic and civic engagement/community projects.