Board of Trustees
Mac Howison, Chairperson of the Board
Mac Howison is the Program Officer for Creative Learning at The Heinz Endowments, where his work focuses primarily on grantee initiatives that intersect with the Endowments’ Creativity and Learning program areas. The Program Officer for Creative Learning reflects the Endowments’ emphasis on work that helps ensure a regional environment where all Pittsburgh residents – especially children and youth – have access to the benefits of creative opportunities.
Prior to joining The Heinz Endowments, Mac was the Senior Program Officer for Catalytic Funding at The Sprout Fund, where he worked with regional and national philanthropic partners to build strong networks and make nearly $7 million of community-decided investments in more than 1,000 early-stage projects, organizations, innovators, and activities.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mac is President of the board of directors of Bike Pittsburgh where he works to make Pittsburgh communities safe and welcoming through biking and walking improvements. A musician, painter, and outdoor enthusiast, he has a BFA in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University and resides in the Swissvale neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife Jennifer, an artist and teacher.
Michelle King, Vice Chairperson of the Board
Michelle King is a learner first and foremost and as well as an instigator of learning. Professionally, she is a middle school teacher aka a professional hostage. She learned and honed her craft in Mt. Lebanon with a fantastic crew of educators and students for over 16 years. In her quest to instigate courageous conversations about learning and children, she has ventured to The Environmental Charter School and their principles (Catalyst. Character. Collaboration. Commitment.) She co-taught Cultural Literacy, an integrated social sciences and English/Language Arts course. She constantly seeking to create dynamic learning experiences and opportunities that inspire wonder, discovery, contradictions, frustrations, and joy. In making connections locally and globally, Michelle pushes the envelope and boundaries of where learning should occur for all students. Her current interests are in game based learning, design, restorative justice, equity, social justice, and teacher empowerment. Through her partnerships with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Carnegie Science Center, Hear Me, the Remake Learning ecosystem, ThinkZone Games and other provocateurs; Michelle is helping to create equitable, empathetic, learning experiences for all Pittburghers.
Current Conundrums: How might we create empathetic institutions that remind us of our humanity? How might we re-design for equity and social justice in and out of school learning? How might we design learning institutions to build connections? How might we allow those connections help us re-see the worlds we inhabit? How might we embrace silence in our lives?
Josh Aderholt, Treasurer
Josh Aderholt is a Principal for the Century Group, a real estate and hospitality development and management firm. Prior to joining Century, Josh designed and implemented systems linking teacher and administrator performance to compensation at Pittsburgh Public Schools, as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Empowering Effective Teachers program.
Josh grew up in Wheeling, WV, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, with a focus in Finance and Marketing, and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies from the University of Virginia. Josh has lived in Pittsburgh since 1999, interrupted by two years living in Warsaw, Poland, and another two years in Lviv, Ukraine, where he served in the MBA Enterprise Corps (currently known as MBAs Without Borders), providing consulting services as part of a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project.
Josh lives in Lawrenceville with his wife and two children, and enjoys using his bike to get around town, gardening, and coaching youth hockey.
Hemant Agrawal, Secretary
A native of Erie, PA, Moses moved to Pittsburgh to pursue her passion for youth in the communities. Using her Management Information Systems degree from Penn State, she is able to utilize her background in technology to engage community members. She continues to be deeply driven by the relentless pursuit of passion and is always striving to be an agent of motivation and change. She gives people opportunities to use their talent and explore their innermost passions.