Co-chair–Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Charles M. Powell is the director of Diversity Affairs and Community Outreach for the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of the City of Pittsburgh, where he is responsible for overseeing all URA diversity activities, creating business development opportunities for minority and women business owners and ensuring that minority and women contractors receive contracting opportunities through the authority’s development activities. He ensures that the URA is actively involved by representing the authority’s interest in key community efforts that would impact the authority’s overall mission. Prior to coming to the URA, he worked for 20 years at Mellon Bank, resigning as vice president of Legal and Corporate Affairs.
In his 42-year tenure, Powell has been a leader in key areas of development and implementation of fair and effective human resource policies. He has earned numerous awards, and continues to offer his services to various organizations throughout the community and tri-state area. He sits on the boards of the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and the Salvation Army, is an associate board member of Allegheny County Federal Programs and Mom’s House and is a founding member of both the African-American Chamber of Commerce and the Thelma Lovette YMCA. He is also an executive committee member of both the United Negro College Fund and the Westinghouse High School Business and Finance Academy, an associate member of the US Army War College, a committee member of the United Way Allocation and a member of both the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Rodman Street Baptist Church. He has received numerous awards for his advocacy and leadership.
Powell received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Virginia Union University. In addition, he completed Executive Management Training courses at the University of Pittsburgh as well as two years of Behavioral Science courses at Brandeis University.