Allegheny County Executive
The county’s top elected official, Rich Fitzgerald is in his third and final term as County Executive. Widely recognized for his work ethic, Rich is one of the county’s biggest champions and is well known for bringing together people and organizations on regional issues. Under his leadership, the county has concentrated on economic development and job creation and boasts high-quality jobs, a diverse and growing economy, low cost of living, and an excellent quality of life. Just in the past year, Rich has led the county through a high-profile 2020 Presidential Election where the vote became pivotal in determining the winner. He is also managing the county’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, working closely with the Health Department, and has provided consistent and reassuring messaging to county residents since the first case was reported in the county in March 2020. As a participant in the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine trial, he frequently speaks about his experience in the trial and his confidence in the vaccine and its role in the county’s and country’s recovery from the virus. Born and raised in the City of Pittsburgh, Rich graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. He and his wife, Cathy, live in Squirrel Hill. They have eight children.
With Diarra Imani, Wordsmith