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Glotfelty Appointed Executive Director of Allegheny County Parks Foundation

July 22, 2014

The Allegheny County Parks Foundation Board of Directors appointed Caren Glotfelty as executive director of the organization effective August 1, 2014. "The Allegheny County Parks Foundation is delighted that Caren Glotfelty has agreed to become our executive director," said Board of Directors Chair James Mitnick. "Caren has a love for our community and the Allegheny County park system, and she brings a wealth of skills, experience and leadership. I cannot think of a better person to help lead our foundation into the future. Caren's unique abilities will strengthen our partnership with Allegheny County and help us to meet our objective of improving the nine county parks for the benefit of all residents."

Caren's past experience includes:

  • Senior Program Director of the Heinz Endowments Environment Program for 13 years, where she was responsible for managing a grant portfolio totaling $8-13 million per year, addressing issues such as community revitalization, environmental health, parks, trails and land conservation. 
  • Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry & Environmental Resources Conservation at Penn State University for 5 years, and her work included teaching, research, outreach and leadership on topics and issues related to state and local environmental and natural resources policy.
  • Deputy Secretary for water management in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources for 4 years developing and managing all state policy and regulatory programs related to water quality, sewage treatment, stormwater management, and stream protection. Glotfelty holds a bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific, as well as a master's degree in regional planning form the University of Pennsylvania.

"Caren's work is well-known and well-respected," said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. "She is a leader in many areas, particularly in environmental and quality-of-life issues, including parks, and I fully expect her reputation to continue to grow in this new role with the Allegheny County Parks Foundation. She is a great addition to the staff, and I look forward to working with her and the foundation board and staff as we continue to improve our nine county parks."

"I am very honored to have been selected for this position and grateful for the confidence the foundation board members have in me to help lead this organization and move its mission forward," said Glotfelty. "I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to jumping in with both feet and assisting the foundation and Allegheny County in reaching our shared goals for the future of our outstanding county park system."

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