Lisa M. Schroeder will be the first woman to lead one of the region's oldest and most powerful community philanthropies.
The nonprofit executive joins the Pittsburgh Foundation from the Parks & People Foundation in Baltimore, where she served as the group's second-ever president and CEO. She is succeeding Max King, who has served as president of the Pittsburgh Foundation since 2014.
“It is awe-inspiring to be following Max King into this position,” Schroeder said in a release. “His accomplishments in Pittsburgh philanthropy and in the field nationally are legendary, and he was a visionary, mentor and a guide for translating public dreams into action.”
The hiring process included the vetting of more than 100 candidates, according to the foundation. Schroeder previously served as head of Riverlife, a public-private partnership established in 1999 to guide and advocate for redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s riverfronts.
King was one of Riverlife’s founders and served as its board chair when Schroeder was hired as president in 2002. She later served as director on the Pittsburgh Foundation's 17-member board from 2008 through 2011.
Foundation board chair Edith Shapira said in a release that Schroeder’s Pittsburgh roots and “remarkable talent for bringing together stakeholders across a wide range of business, ideological and political interests to benefit the entire community” put her over the edge.
A full interview with Schroeder will air on The Confluence Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.