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. 

John McNiff

Board Vice Chair – Executive / Restore Committees

mcniff, john.jpgJohn McNiff serves as the Manager of Non-Merchandise Procurement at Dick’s Sporting Goods. John’s previous Habitat experience includes serving as the Finance Manager for the Huron Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Ann Arbor, Michigan. John completed his undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business and went on to receive his Masters in Finance from Walsh College. John holds over 30 years of retail experience with strong analytical and problem solving abilities to assess market trends and create innovative solutions that drive profitability and sustainability. John has served on our Board of Directors since 2012. His wealth of experience in operations and retail make him an asset to both our executive and ReStore committees. 

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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Ryan Kish Alcoa Foundation Fundraising Committee
Kelly McCormick Giant Eagle ReStore Committee
Leslie Montgomery      Green Building Alliance Sustainable Construction Committee
Emily Shearer Echo International Family Services Committe
Gary Williamson PSP Metrics Human Resources & Nominating Committee
Emmanuel Wiggins PNC Bank Information Technology Committee

 

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

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