Melanie Harrington serves as the first President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh, a nonprofit economic development organization that utilizes diversity and inclusion strategies to ensure the growth and long-term economic competitiveness of the Pittsburgh region. Together, with a broad cross section of partners from the government, education, business, and civic sectors, Vibrant Pittsburgh is spearheading initiatives to attract, retain, and elevate a diverse workforce in Southwestern Pennsylvania. From 2001 to 2010 Melanie served as the president of the American Institute for Managing Diversity, Inc. (AIMD), a national nonprofit diversity think tank based in Atlanta, Georgia that was founded by Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas Jr. 1982. 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 an associate and then senior associate at the Ewing Group Law Firm specializing in employment litigation from 1992 to 1995. She currently serves on various Boards and Advisory Committees including the Boards of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Sustainable Pittsburgh; the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership; and the Diversity Collegium. She is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh Class of XXVIII and Leadership Atlanta 2004 Class. She received the Pennsylvania National Diversity Council’s 2012 “Most Powerful & Influential Women Award,” and was recognized by the New Pittsburgh Courier, as one of the “50 Women of Excellence.” She received her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.