According to the Section 2 of the General Civil Service Act (1907, May 23, P.L., 206 as amended), there shall be a Civil Service Commission in each city of the second class, consisting of three commissioners to be appointed by the mayor. The Mayor shall appoint one of the commissioners President of the Commission.
Joseph J. Kennedy, IV is the founder and CEO of Riverbends Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes African-American genealogy and history and provides value and inspiration to everyone interested in researching and sharing family history. Kennedy received his B.A. in political science in 1990 from the College of Wooster and his J.D. in 1993 from Cornell Law School. where he was the first black editor-in-chief of the Cornell Law Review. After working as an attorney for Reed Smith LLP and Mellon Bank, he began his nonprofit career as director of operations at Family Communications, where he received an Emmy nomination as co-producer of the documentary “Fred Rogers: America’s Favorite Neighbor.” He has served on more than 20 nonprofit boards and commissions.
Stephen MacIsaac, Neighborhood Learning Alliance Executive Director, has had a long tenure in public sector management. Stephen received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Penn State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Stephen began his career in public service at the Hill House Association in 1985 and spent 18 years in various leadership positions within the organization culminating in his appointment to the position of Director of Operations for his final five years. In this position, he directed much of the agency's education and workforce development programming and fundraising efforts. After a short tenure as the Chief Operating Officer for the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, Stephen was appointed as the first Executive Director of Wireless Neighborhoods, now Neighborhood Learning Alliance, in December 2003 and has lead the organization’s growth since.
Cynthia McCormick has more than 20 years of government relations and public affairs management experience. As Associate Vice President for Government Affairs for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the largest cultural organization in southwestern Pennsylvania, she is currently responsible for planning and maintaining government relations and public affairs programs on behalf of the four Carnegie Museums―Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Andy Warhol Museum, and Carnegie Science Center.
Cynthia began her career in Washington, D.C. as the Legislative Assistant and Press Secretary to three members of Congress. In 1984, she became Staff Consultant to Allegheny County Commissioner Barbara Hafer, serving as the commissioner’s representative for all media contacts and managing relations with all government bodies on matters related to the Allegheny County Jail. She became Director of Government Relations for the Oncology Nursing Society in 1988, and for eight years was responsible for all lobbying activities, as well as building a government relations program on behalf of this national medical society.
Before joining Carnegie Museums in 2002, Cynthia spent six years at Port Authority of Allegheny County in consecutive roles as Senior Government Affairs and Grants Administrator, Manager of Community Partnerships, and Director of Marketing. In those roles, she was responsible for all lobbying activities on behalf of Port Authority, coordinated all community relations activities and promotional strategies, and managed all marketing and promotional activities designed to increase ridership and revenue for the Pittsburgh-area public transit company, the 13th largest in the country.
For sixteen years, she has served as the City of Pittsburgh Civil Service Commissioner.
In 2006, she was appointed by Governor Edward Rendell to the Pennsylvania Board of Judicial Conduct.
Cynthia serves on the boards of the Allegheny County Women’s Commission (co-chair) and Gilda’s Club (board advisory member).