15 Influential People in Pittsburgh

Christine Astorinon

Christine Astorino – Christine is the founder and CEO of fathom, which is an environment where emotional connections and meaningful experiences can be improved within business. Shefounded fathom in 2003 after decade of working in landscape architecture and as the VP of marketing for Astorino.

Michael Barnard

Michael Barnard–Michael’s business mentalityfocuses on green building and sustainability. He has introduced this strategy into the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he is a well-regarded patron. He also started the local Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) affiliate.

Holly McIntosh

Holly McIntosh – Holly is a community organizer for Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s office and has been turning heads in the area for a few years now. She created the hugely successful Get Involved! Program, which has done a lot of positive work in the local community for the younger generation.

Alia Pustorino Clevenger

Alia Pustorino-Clevenger–Alia, in the last 10 years, has become one of the leading university instructors in the area. As part of the Center for Student Involvement staff, she connects university students with volunteer opportunities through leadership programs and philanthropy projects.

Mark Burnett

Mark Burnett – Mark is famous for his work within the Central Catholic High School, the University of Dayton and Achieving in Higher Education. His work is focused on non-profitable organisations but his reputation as a businessman is rapidly growing.

Kirk B Burkley

Kirk B. Burkley – Kirk is the managing director of Bernstein Law Firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring group. The group has become one of the most sought after agencies to work with in the area and Kirk’s drive and enthuasuiam for a job he clearly loves is one of the main reasons behind that.

Izzy Dawood

Izzy Dawood – Izzy is part of the BNY Mellon group and has progressed through the ranks at the company to lead a team of 400 employees. His work within the local community has also been received well within the local community. He sits on the board at Auberle, an organization that focuses on helping families in need, where he’s instituted sophisticated financial-management practices.

Jonathan Shapiro

Jonathan Shapiro– Jonathan is a sculptor who works with wood, stone, steel and glass. At this present time, he is currently the most sought after sculptor in the USA. Shapiro also designed the Arts Alive interactive event to raise money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and leads the renovation of local buildings.

Michael Scotto

Michael Scotto – Mike is a young writer from the Pittsburgh area that creates stories, poems and essays for children’s curriculum. He also set up successful youth club Little Red Tornado.

Christina Dickerson

Christina Dickerson – Christina is President of Dickerson Creative Communications, a company that uses their expertise of the media to create and implement powerful media and marketing campaigns. She has won awards such as the Aegis Award of Excellence and Communication Awards, Award of Distinction.

Samantha Bushman

Samantha Bushman – Samanthais the CEO of Talk, The New Sex Ed initiative in Pittsburgh, which is taking the area by storm.  Talk’s mission is to build a national corps of recent college graduates dedicated to empowering teens to make informed, responsible decisions about their relationships and sexual health.

Megan Hennigan

Megan Hennigan – While working at Heinz, Megan has become a real asset and uses new marketing techniques to analyse shoppers’ behaviours and designs campaigns that address different segments. She also does plenty of charity work and has raised $30,000 throughout the past four years.

Josh Hickman PittsburghJosh Hickman – is the Chief Geologist for EdgeMarc Energy Holdings and the Founder of Young Professionals in Energy, the largest business association in Pittsburgh with over 10,000 participants.  YPE Pittsburgh runs over 80 networking and educational events a year in the Pittsburgh region. This group has positioned Josh as the leading networker in the Marcellus and Utica Shale boom as well as an active figure in Pittsburgh.  Josh received a B.S. from Radford University in 2001 in Geology, a M.S. from the University of South Carolina in 2003 in geology and in 2008 received a M.B.A from Penn State.


Rachel Booth, 36
Co-Founder, LivingPittsburgh.com

Ashley Boynes-Shuck, 28

Freelance Writer; Social Media Consultant; Health Advocate

Kirk B. Burkley, 34
Partner, Bernstein Law Firm, P.C.  Supervising partner of Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group

Mark Burnett, 29
Heinz History Center, Special Events Manager

Samantha Bushman, 28
Founder & CEO, Talk, The New Sex Ed

Crystal L. Collins, 28
Founder, Starfish to the sea Animal Rescue

Seth Corbin, 30
Attorney, Fox Rothschild LLP

Ismail (Izzy) Dawood, 39
EVP and Director of Investor Relations and Financial Management & Analysis, BNY Mellon

Christina Dickerson, 37
President of Dickerson Creative Communications

Megan Hennigan, 33
Senior Manager Shopper Marketing, HJ Heinz Company

Josh Hickman, 32
Chairman and Co-Founder, Young Professional in Energy (YPE) Pittsburgh

Dominic Alan Janidas, 24
President, The Orion Management Group; Director, Orion Charities; Public Relations Specialist, The James Harrison Family Foundation; Staff Writer and Public Relations Specialist, Maniac Magazine

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