Dr. Curtis Porter is a native of Braddock, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where in his first academic appointment, he chaired the Department of Black Community Education and Research and Development, and earned his PhD, in Pitt’s School of Education, Department of Counseling Psychology.
Dr. Porter’s life illustrates a full-circle professional career. After serving in the US Air Force, his professional career began in Pittsburgh at the Computer Operations of H.J. Heinz, Co. He has taught at California State University in Long Beach, California, and served as President and CEO of the Urban League of Southwestern Fairfield County in Stamford, Connecticut. He was elevated to the position of Vice President for Affiliate Development of the National Urban League, located in New York City, in which position he provided technical assistance in community development spanning across 34 states and The District of Columbia.
After his tenure with the National Urban League, Dr. Porter returned to academia as Director of the Stamford Campus of the University of Connecticut. There he coordinated legislative and business leadership to build a $47 million campus facility in the downtown community.
Returning to his hometown of Pittsburgh, he served as CEO and Chancellor for 14 years at Penn State Greater Allegheny, refreshing the curriculum, building new facilities, internationalizing the campus, growing the faculty and student body and leading the campus into significant neighborhood engagement throughout the Monongahela Valley and Pittsburgh regions. In January 2014, Dr. Porter retired from this post as a Chancellor Emeritus. Joining the Executive Team is for Dr. Porter, a humble culmination to a poetic and serendipitous return home. Dr. Porter has brought a level of wisdom and vision to the service of growing a broader, newer and more inclusive Pittsburgh.
As Chief Education & Neighborhood Reinvestment Officer, Dr. Porter oversees all education, workforce training, and neighborhood reinvestment initiatives of city government, as well as serving as the Mayor’s liaison to Pittsburgh Public Schools, and overseeing the Equal Opportunity & Review Commission.