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RAD Board of Directors

Dusty Elias Kirk (Chair)

Appointed by Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

Dusty Elias Kirk is a Partner at Reed Smith, LLP’s Global Real Estate Practice Group. She concentrates her practice on all aspects of real estate development including acquisitions, economic incentives and litigation. She has extensive experience throughout Pennsylvania resolving real estate tax assessment appeals, land-use appeals and eminent domain proceedings. Ms. Kirk also counsels here clients on an array of sustainability issues that impact development projects and facilities. This includes advice on sustainable development matters involving the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, better know as LEED. She has counseled clients on a variety of regulatory compliance matters with clients depending on her proven experience with greenhouse gas emissions, approvals, dispute resolution, risk avoidance and negotiating complex contractual arrangements.

Ms. Kirk’s work in real estate development includes the acquisition, financing and economic/tax incentive financing for all forms of commercial real estate. She represents developers, owners and non-profit institutions on issues regarding real estate valuation, tax-exempt status, mineral rights and tax abatements for new construction and reconstructed properties. Her experience in real estate litigation extends throughout Pennsylvania where she often appears before administrative hearing boards as well as trial and appellate proceedings.

Ms. Kirk is an active member of the business and charitable communities. Nationally, she is a board member of Dress for Success. Locally, she is on the boards of the Riverlife Task Force and the Real Property Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. A devoted supporter of women in the legal profession, Dusty is also a member of the Women in the Profession Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She has served on the boards of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Ms. Kirk earned her B.A. from Allegheny College and her J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. She has two children and resides in Squirrel Hill.

Daniel J. Griffin (Vice-Chair)

Appointed by Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified. 

Dan Griffin has been an active proponent of the Allegheny Regional Asset District since his appointment to the board in 1998. He has previously served as Board Chair and Vice-Chair several times.

He is currently the President of Griffin Consulting Services, specializing in business reorganization, non-profit development, and government relations. He previously worked in the health and fitness industry and was the General Manager of the Oxford Athletic Club from 2003 until its sale in 2017. Mr. Griffin was also the founder and president of the Downtown Athletic Club of Pittsburgh from 1995 until mid 2009. From 1981 through 1995, he was employed by Club One as a fitness instructor, was promoted to fitness director and finally to Vice President and General Manager (with ownership). During his tenure at Club One, Mr. Griffin was certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and by the Club Management Institute of IHRSA (held at the University of Michigan). Club One grew from a single-purpose racquetball facility into a 60,000 sq. foot, full service health and wellness center. He divested his interest in Club One and founded the Downtown Athletic Club of Pittsburgh, successfully operating it from 1995 until 2009. 

Mr. Griffin was recognized by Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania as "business of the year," citing his dedication to the community and to its youth through his many volunteer and charitable activities. He was also recognized by City of Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy for significant equipment donations to the Hill District YMCA. Mr. Griffin is an active participant in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County community issues. He was a member of Leadership Pittsburgh class XIII. He co-founded and was president of the Allegheny County Chamber Federation (Western PA Growth Alliance), a coalition of 25 regional chambers of commerce. He was a Finance Council member for St. Joseph’s O’Hara Township for 20+ years. Mr. Griffin was elected a board member of Visit Pittsburgh in March 2020.

Mr. Griffin, his wife, Marian, and their son, Sean, reside in O'Hara Township.

Sylvia Fields (Secretary/Treasurer)

Appointed by City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. Term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

Ms. Fields is Executive Director of the Eden Hall Foundation. She is the first and only African American woman to direct a major private foundation in the Pittsburgh region. A veteran grantmaker and administrator, Ms. Fields manages the legal and financial business of the foundation. She began her grantmaking career at the Duquesne Light company, where she also managed the Employee Involvement Committee, United Way annual campaign and the company school partnership program. While at Duquesne Light, Ms. Fields was best known for having established a Pittsburgh chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy.

Ms. Fields initiated the Women in Philanthropy program with Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania to create a networking mechanism for female grantmakers and to highlight outstanding female philanthropists from our area. Ms. Fields is also a founding member of the African American Funders Group of Southwest Pennsylvania. This group advances effective and responsive philanthropy in black communities in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Ms. Fields is chair of the Education Committee of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, under which she has overseen the development of an international relations summer program for high school students. She is a past director of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, Seton Hill University, the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and The Ellis School. Ms. Fields is a trustee of the Jewish Women's Foundation and was a 2009 honoree of the YWCA Tribute to Women.

Ms. Fields received her bachelor's degree from Seton Hill College and a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She and her husband, Fred, are lifelong residents of Pennsylvania and have two adult children.

Jackie Dixon

Appointed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

Jackie Dixon is currently a consultant. In her previous role as Director of Government Relations for Giant Eagle, Inc., she established and maintained positive relations with local, state, and federal government officials in the communities Giant Eagle serves throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland. Ms. Dixon retired from Giant Eagle after 23 years of service to the company and the communities it serves.

Ms. Dixon is a board member of the Ladies Hospital Aid Society (LHAS). She is also member of the Carlow University Board of Trustees, and she received her master’s degree in Professional Leadership from Carlow.

Ms. Dixon is a member of the Fox Chapel Area Newcomers’ Club, and the University of Pittsburgh Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB). She is also actively involved in the Homewood-Squirrel Hill Redd Up-Clean Up Coalition (a consortium that regularly clears rubbish in Homewood), the Highmark Medical Review Committee, the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh, the Fox Chapel Area Branch of the American Association of University Women, the Fox Chapel Area Rotary Club, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)-Pittsburgh Section, and the BNY Mellon Community Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the advisory board of the Bartko Foundation, a private non-profit organization whose mission is to invest in the self-sufficiency of single minority mothers. She is a board member of Heritage Community Initiatives in Braddock which works to empower people and transform lives in the Braddock community. She is also a member of the Child Watch Board of Pittsburgh, an advisory group for Allies for Children.

Ms. Dixon was selected as one of 25 of the 2012 Women in Business Awardees by the Pittsburgh Business Times. She has been recognized as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Fifty Women of Influence and also one of Twenty-Five Corporate Women of influence. Ms. Dixon has received the YWCA's A Tribute to Women Leadership Award in Business and Industry, and also the Every Child Inc., First Annual Community Service Award.

Hilda Pang Fu

Appointed by City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. Term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

Hilda Pang Fu is a social entrepreneur and advocate for gender equity who speaks three languages and is a porcelain painter. She is founder and president of Luminari, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit founded to foster activities that broaden minds, inspire innovation and promote community engagement. It specializes in unique and inspirational teen summer programs. She was also the creator of the Pittsburgh Regional Champions, a program of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance that empowered business and service professionals as well as other volunteers to promote the region when travelling in order to attract and retain workforce and generate business leads for economic developers in the region. During her time there she grew the volunteer corps from 25 people to more than 800.

Prior to founding Luminari, Ms. Fu served as Director of External Relations at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences, one of the largest academic medical centers in the nation. She was also Executive Director of Summer Programs at Point Park University where she developed and managed dozens of summer programs for teenagers and area teachers, including the Downtown Vibrancy Project that involved students from all school districts in Allegheny County.

Ms. Fu has served on many nonprofit boards across a variety of sectors, including Pittsburgh Opera, Saturday Light Brigade, WQED-Multimedia, Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania (founding board member and former chair), The Shady Lane School, The Ellis School and Allegheny East Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center. She has been recognized for her excellence in service as a Dignity & Respect Campaign Champion (2011), The Pearl of Excellence Award (2007) from the Girls Scouts Trillium Council, Woman of Achievement-Gender Equity (2006), Legacy Laureate (2004) from the University of Pittsburgh and Small Business News Magazine’s Pacesetter Award (2001).

Ms. Fu received her B.A. from the University of Hong Kong, Certificate of General Studies from Mount Holyoke College, Master of Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and Master of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Ms. Fu and her husband, Dr. Freddie Fu, reside in Pittsburgh and have two adult children.

Daniel Rosen

At-large member of the Board, nominated by Landforce Pittsburgh; term expires in June of 2022. The at-large member is elected by the appointed members from a list of nominations secured from development organizations. The person selected from the nominees serves for a two-year term and may be re-elected, if re-nominated.

Daniel Rosen, Ph.D., M.S.W. is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches courses in the areas of research and urban analysis. Dr. Rosen has considerable experience in research, organizational development and urban social issues. He is the current recipient of a grant from the National institute of Health that examines the intersection between aging and substance abuse.

Dr. Rosen is the recipient of several national honors including the John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work; he is also a Wexner Heritage Community Fellow.

Dr. Rosen is the Board chair of the Friendship Circle and has served as the past Chair of AgeWell Pittsburgh. He has served on the board of the Allegheny Health Choices, Inc., and the United Jewish Federation Health and Human Service funding commission.

He and his wife, Shani, live in Pittsburgh where they are raising three daughters.

Anthony J. Ross

Appointed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

Anthony Ross is founder and President of Ross Development Company.  Mr. Ross graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978  and received his law degree from Duquesne University in 1981.  He resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Karen, and has three adult children.