Board of Directors

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Board of Directors
Executive Committee

Michael Rizzo

Board Chair – Executive/Finance Committees

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Michael Rizzo, as the Chief Risk Officer of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, is responsible for the oversight of the Bank's risk function, which includes market risk; model risk; operations and compliance risk; and credit risk to members, counterparties and structured credit. He is a member of the Bank's Executive Committee and the chair of the Risk Management Committee. Previously, Mr. Rizzo served as Chief Risk Officer for the U.S. residential mortgage lending unit of GMAC ResCap and Chief Credit Officer for Ally (GMAC) Bank. Prior experience includes 15 years of risk and portfolio management experience with various banks and seven years with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, where he was a commissioned National Bank Examiner. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Bucknell University and also held a license as a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania. 

Emily Shearer

Board Vice Chair – Executive / Family Services Committee 

Emily Shearer is the Director of Client Services at Echo International. Emily’s involvement and passion for Habitat for Humanity started in undergraduate school with her Campus Chapter at Alfred University. She worked on many local projects and traveled every spring break to West Volusia County, FL. for Collegiate Challenges/Blitz Builds.

Emily has been an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh since 2010 and is the Chair of the Family Services Working Group.  She has been intricately involved in many aspects of Habitat for Humanity, both locally and State wide. Additionally, since 2014, Emily has served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity of Pennsylvania, where she manages the statewide communication efforts and serves on the conference committee. She is also active in Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program. She's traveled to Brazil in 2013, Romania in 2015 and will go to Cambodia in 2017.

Emily earned a B.A. Degree in Comparative Cultures and German from Alfred University and an M.S. Ed. Degree in English as a Second Language from Duquesne University. Before moving back to Pittsburgh at the end of 2009, Emily spent six years in Europe studying the German language and culture and teaching English in multiple schools and institutes in Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary.

Justin Ackerman, Esq.

Board Treasurer – Executive / Finance Committees

ackerman, justin web size.pngJustin Ackerman was born and raised in McKeesport, PA. He earned his BS in Accounting from Penn State, his MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Justin is currently a shareholder at the law firm of Babst Calland where he advises clients on varied aspects of corporate and real estate law, including choice and formation of entities, internal governance, mergers and acquisitions, the purchase and sale of developed and undeveloped commercial property, commercial leases, and property tax assesment appeals. Prior to practicing law, Justin maintained his license as a Certified Public Accountant and, among other things, worked as an auditor for the accounting firm of Grant Thornton. He is member of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, a member of Habitat's Finance Committee and an active member of the Tepper School of Business Alumni Association.

Carolyn McKinney

Board Secretary – Executive / Human Resources Committees

mckinney, carolyn web size_0.pngCarolyn McKinney is the Director of Human Resources with Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.  With over 20 years of HR executive leadership experience, Carolyn specializes in start-up and transition of HR departments in mid-sized companies. She holds a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University, is a graduate of LaRoche College's Human Resources Management program and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. A long-term resident of the North Hills area, Carolyn has been active with Habitat for Humanity chapters for many years in various capacities.  In her previous role as VP, Human Resources with Peoples Natural Gas, she led the Community Relations functions and various employee outreach and volunteer initiatives. Carolyn has served on the board and the Human Resources Committee since 2011. 

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh's bylaws allow for up to 18 total board members

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