Kirk Holbrook has been named the director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Hill District Community Engagement Center (CEC). The CEC initiative is housed in Community and Governmental Relations and is guided by an internal advisory council and neighborhood advisory councils. Prior to his appointment at Pitt, Kirk held the role of District Office Chief of Staff for State Representative Jake Wheatley.
“I am excited to join the University of Pittsburgh in this new role. I hope to develop the CEC as a space for University and community collaboration to take place in an effort to improve the quality of life of current and future residents. I am looking forward to working directly with community members and stakeholders to build positive relationships and support the change, growth, and development happening locally in The Hill District,” said Holbrook.
Holbrook has extensive experience working as a community coordinator, educator and organizer. From planning educational forums in Beltzhoover and the Hill district, to leading workforce initiatives in Hazelwood, his ability to connect resources into the community is well-documented. Prior to working for State Representative Wheatley, Holbrook was the Community Organizer for A+ Schools and Program Director for the Hill House Association. In these roles he advocated for and worked alongside community members.
“We are deeply grateful to the community and University members who were a part of Kirk’s interview process. Their wisdom and insight has helped us to choose an effective and highly relational leader for this important position. Kirk’s deep connections to the Hill District and record of community engagement will ensure the Hill District CEC fulfills its mission,” said Lina Dostilio, assistant vice chancellor for community engagement. “His strength as an organizer and leader will allow him to be a trusted bridge between campus and community.”
A Hill District resident, Holbrook has been serving Pittsburgh communities since 2001. Holbrook was appointed by the Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public School to the Equity Advisory Panel and is the Chair of the Greater Hazelwood Community Collaborative Community Plan Steering Committee. He was a member of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Institute in 2013 and a New Leaders Council Fellow in 2015.
Holbrook will begin his work on Monday, July 30. For inquiries, contact Lina D. Dostilio, assistant vice chancellor for community engagement at LDD20@pitt.edu, 412-624-7719.