Board of Directors News

Dec 9, 2021Articles

At our December 1 board meeting, we welcomed two new board members and a new board secretary. We thank Earl, Lucy, and Andrea for their commitment to better lives through learning.

Earl Buford headshotEarl Buford, Board of Directors 
Earl is president of CAEL, a national nonprofit that works to improve education-to-career pathways for adults. He previously served as CEO for Partner4Work here in Pittsburgh and as CEO for Employ Milwaukee. He is active with the Board of Directors for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and advisory boards of the Council of State Governments, National Network of Sector Partners, and National Skills Coalition. 

Lucy Russell headshotLucy Russell, Board of Directors 
Lucy joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 and is Vice Provost and Chief of Staff. Prior to this, she spent more than a dozen years in higher education administration at Boston University, the University of Kansas and the University of Virginia. Before entering academia, Lucy worked as an attorney and consulting regulations writer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Andrea Clark-Smith headshotAndrea Clark-Smith, Secretary, Board of Directors 
Andrea has been a member of our board of directors since last year. She is Associate Chief Legal Officer and Vice President of Physician and Human Resources for UPMC. She joined UPMC in 2013 and leads diversity and inclusion efforts for UPMC’s employee experience team. Andrea also serves on boards for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Sarah Heinz House, and the Association of Corporate Counsel for Western Pennsylvania. 

Literacy Pittsburgh (formerly Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council) helps create better lives through learning. Recognized as a national leader in adult and family literacy, Literacy Pittsburgh is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny and Beaver Counties. Last year, Literacy Pittsburgh helped some 5,000 individuals acquire the skills needed to reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their communities. Literacy Pittsburgh provides free, personalized instruction in workforce readiness, high school diploma test preparation, digital literacy, English language learning, math, reading, and family literacy through one-to-one and small class instruction. Founded in 1982, it serves local adults through numerous neighborhood locations and its Downtown Pittsburgh Learning Center.       

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