Dr. Morton Coleman

Morton Coleman, Ph.D., recently retired as Director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Pittsburgh. Coleman founded the Institute in 1990 a a forum for bringing together public and private decision makers to examine economic, social and political issues in local, state, and national contexts. Until his retirement, Coleman was also Professor in the School of Social Work and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

Prior to this, Coleman was President and CEO of Greater Hartford Process, Inc., a non-profit corporation serving as a catalyst and broker for urban development by linking government, business leaders, and neighborhood residents. Before that, he was Dean and Professor for the School of Social Work at the University of Connecticut; Acting Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work; Personal Advisor to Henry Ford II on urban issues; Secretary to the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh for Human Resources, Manpower Training, and Poverty Programs; and Senior Social Planner of the Community Renewal Program in the Pittsburgh Department of City Planning. Coleman served earlier as Director of Community Organization and Program Director for the Kingsley Association.

Coleman has been a consultant to the Ford Foundation, McArthur Foundation, Heinz Endowment, Aetna Insurance Company, and other foundations and corporations. He is a member of numerous non-profit boards including Neighborhood Organizations, Foundations, housing organizations, etc. Coleman has been a guest lecturer to the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and numerous other universities. Coleman has also presented papers and guest lectured on urban issues in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Coleman has been active in civic affairs. He serves as Chair of the Housing Authority – City of Pittsburgh, Chair of the Advisory Committee and Board Member of the Copeland and Tropman funds of The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Member of The Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, Mt. Ararat Community Center, Just Harvest and the Pittsburgh School Board among others.

Among his honors are the League of Women Voters Good Government Award, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Humanitarian Award.

Coleman is married and has two children and three grandchildren.


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