President and Chief Executive Officer
Melanie Harrington serves as the first President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh, a nonprofit economic development organization that was established to build a more diverse and inclusive Pittsburgh region by spearheading initiatives to attract, retain, and elevate a diverse workforce.
From 2001 to 2010, Melanie served as the president of the American Institute for Managing Diversity, Inc. (AIMD), a national nonprofit diversity think tank founded by Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr. and based in Atlanta, Georgia. As president, Melanie directed a broad range of initiatives.
From 1995 to 2001, Melanie served as general counsel for D.J. Miller & Associates, Inc. (DJMA), a national management consulting firm that specializes in serving federal, state, and local government agencies. Melanie served as a senior associate at the Ewing Group Law Firm specializing in employment litigation from 1992 to 1995.
She currently serves on several boards, including the Center for Global Inclusion; Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership; and the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. She is an expert panelist for the 2016 Edition of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks and a graduate of both Leadership Pittsburgh and Leadership Atlanta. Melanie is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs.
Melanie received her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Psychology.