Mark A. Nordenberg joined the faculty of Pitt’s School of Law in 1977. Earlier in his career, he served as Dean of the School of Law and as Interim Provost of the University. In 1995, he was elected Interim Chancellor by the University’s Board of Trustees, and the next year, following a national search, he was elected Chancellor. Nordenberg served in that office for nineteen years and led Pitt through one of the most impressive periods of progress in its 229-year history.

Throughout his career, Nordenberg has been very active in civic affairs and has received many important forms of recognition. Among them, he has been named Pittsburgh’s Person of the Year by Pittsburgh Magazine and a History Maker by the Senator John Heinz History Center. Reflecting his role as a regional leader in higher education, he has been awarded honorary degrees by Carnegie Mellon University, the Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, LaRoche College and Thiel College.

In 2014, Nordenberg and Jared Cohon, President Emeritus of Carnegie Mellon, received the Elsie Hilliard Hillman Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Service from the Institute of Politics. After stepping down as Chancellor, he joined the Institute as its Chair and has been particularly involved in its incarceration and opioid initiatives. He serves on the boards of Bank of New York Mellon, BNY Mellon’s Southwestern Pennsylvania Foundation, Manchester Bidwell and UPMC.

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In September 2005, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg named Terry Miller, MSW, director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics. Ms. Miller also has served as a consultant on special initiatives to the Pittsburgh Foundation, Allegheny County Department of Human Services and most recently to the Power of 32 Regional Visioning Initiative. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Ms. Miller is currently a Faculty Associate for the Harrisburg-based Legislative Office for Research Liaison (LORL) and is a board member of Sustainable Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, the Grace Ann Geibel Institute of Justice and Social Responsibility, POWER, and Green Empowerment Training Alliance. Prior to her tenure at the Institute of Politics, Ms. Miller was co-founder and first executive director of POWER, the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery, a non-profit organization she established in Allegheny County to provide gender and culturally-specific treatment services to women who are in early recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Ms. Miller is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1995 J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, the 2001 Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Racial Justice Award, the League of Women Voters' Good Government Award in 2001 and 2003 and was a 2004 “Strong, Smart, Successful Woman” Honoree of the University of Pittsburgh Alumnae Council.

Megan Soltesz is the Deputy Director, Finance of the Institute of Politics. Ms. Soltesz is responsible for the management of the Institute's overall operating budget, as well as much of the administrative infrastructure. She assists in the planning, development and implementation of policy seminars as well as coordinates student programming.

Briana Mihok is the Senior Policy Strategist for the Institute of Politics. In this role, she supports the Director in the planning and implementation of activities in the Institute's eight policy areas. She is also the managing editor for all Institute publications. Ms. Mihok earned her BA in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and her MPA in Policy Research and Analysis from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2008. She is also a member of Leadership Pittsburgh's Leadership Development Initiative Class XVII and serves as the vice president of the board of North Hills Community Outreach.

Aaron Lauer is a research analyst with the Institute of Politics. His work includes special research projects and data analysis. Mr. Lauer has worked on a variety of projects and initiatives in the Pittsburgh region including the Institute of Politics Shale Gas Roundtable, the Allegheny County Board of Health Strategic Plan, and a feasibility study of the natural gas conversion of the Port of Pittsburgh towboat fleet. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, as well as the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  He earned his BA from Duquesne University in History and Philosophy.







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