Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Angela Longo

CCAC Alumna Gives Back to the Community

Angela Longo was raised in the Churchill Valley area of Pittsburgh with her brother, John, and sister, Margaret. She attended Sacred Heart High School (now Oakland Catholic High School) and worked part-time in the dietary department at the former Pittsburgh Hospital, which was located in East Liberty.

After graduating from high school, Angie was offered a full-time position with the hospital. She continued working there until choosing to pursue a career in the banking industry. In the mid-1960s, she accepted a position at Western Pennsylvania National Bank and embarked on a career that would span more than four decades.

While working for Equibank in 1980, Angie’s mentor encouraged her to pursue a college degree. She heeded that advice and enrolled at the Community College ofAllegheny County (CCAC) to further her knowledge. She attended CCAC–North Campus and took courses in marketing and banking before transferring to La Roche College in 1984. In 1988, she joined Integra Financial Corporation and completed her BS in administration and management from La Roche the following year.

At Integra, Angie held a series of progressive management positions, including manager of Corporate Events and Charitable Giving and manager of Marketing. In her first management role, she administered a $3 million budget and conducted due diligence on non-profits requesting grants. As manager of Marketing, Angie implemented strategic marketing plans that reinforced the Integra brand, increased market share and achieved revenue goals.

When National City Bank acquired Integra in 1996, Angie was retained by the bank and held the positions of vice president of Public Affairs and manager of Corporate Giving Programs before being named vice president of Philanthropic Programs. In this position, Angie was responsible for directing the bank’s employee volunteer programs and served as National City’s primary representative to the Pittsburgh non-profit community. She also coordinated the bank’s executive management team
involvement on non-profit boards, directed community involvement initiatives and oversaw the bank’s commitment to charitable organizations located throughout Pennsylvania.

Under Angie’s leadership, National City donated more than $4 million annually to the community through grants, scholarships and contributions utilizing the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit and the Educational Improvement Tax Credit programs. The use of these tax credit programs enabled the company to increase their giving while reducing their tax liability to the state.

After National City was acquired by PNC Financial Services in 2008, Angie chose to retire from the banking industry. Her prestigious career covered twelve mergers and included various management positions in operations, human resources, retail & commercial banking, sales training, branch administration, security, purchasing, marketing & public relations and civic & community relations. Rather than relax and enjoy retirement, Angie focused her efforts on philanthropic endeavors.

An avid volunteer and supporter of many causes, Angie accepted the position of executive director of Lydia’s Place, a non-profit organization that provides programs and services to female offenders and their children, in 2010. As executive director, Angie worked with the board of directors and a network of volunteers to help female offenders rebuild their lives and become productive members of the community. Under her leadership, Lydia’s Place was named a formal affiliate of Renewal, Inc. in August 2011, and Angie was named director of Public Relations and Organizational Advancement for Renewal. Similar to Lydia’s Place, Renewal is also dedicated to assisting individuals in the criminal justice system with returning to society as responsible citizens.

Angie is thriving in her new role, and in June 2012, Renewal hosted its inaugural “Start of New Beginnings” event. Assisting with fundraising events is second nature to Angie, who has lent her extensive knowledge to myriad organizations. Among those groups are the March of Dimes Walk America campaign, UPMC’s Children’s Ball, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, The National Aviary, La Roche College, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the YMCA of Pittsburgh, National Kidney Foundation, Family House, Pressley Ridge, the Jewish Community Center, the Ohio Valley General Hospital Foundation and The Watson Institute, among others.

Not only has Angie shared her dedication and energy helping Pittsburgh-area non-profits, but she has also been committed to helping her alma mater. She joined the CCAC Educational Foundation Board of Directors in 1997. “I joined the board in order to give back and spread the good work of CCAC,” says Angie. During her tenure on the board, she served as vice president for two years, president for six years and chair for three years before rotating off in 2009. Since then, Angie has remained active as a member of the Imagine & Achieve Steering Committee and has assisted the college in its historic $40 million fundraising campaign. In October 2011, she rejoined the foundation board and continues raising awareness of the importance of CCAC in the region.

Throughout her career, Angie has received numerous awards including several EXCEL awards—the highest honor National City bestowed on its individual employees and employee teams. She was named one of Pennsylvania’s “Best 50 Women in Business” by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell in 2006 and was honored with the “Chairman’s Cup Award” by the board of directors for Family House. In 2007, she was recognized as a Legendary Friend by the CCAC Educational Foundation for effectively helping to commence a number of initiatives that have contributed to raising awareness of the foundation within the college and the community. Angie was also honored by her alma mater, Oakland Catholic, in 2009 as a “Leading Lady in the Pittsburgh Community.”

As a non-traditional student attending CCAC, Angie balanced her schooling, her job and managing a household. Attending CCAC provided her with a stepping stone not only to complete her bachelor’s degree, but also to advance in her career. She offers the following advice to current and prospective CCAC students: “Stay focused and don’t give up. If you need help, ask!”

Angela Longo

Angela Longo