Jenn Beer is President & CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. Prior to that role, she served for fifteen years at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development where she most recently was vice president for government affairs, addressing state and regional public policy issues. She was instrumental in the efforts to secure state public pension reform, increase tax credits for community development initiatives, garner comprehensive state transportation funding, and numerous other business climate and local government initiatives. Jenn has been a re-occurring guest representing the business community on “Our Region’s Business”, a weekly Sunday-morning business affairs program. Recently appointed to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, the Pittsburgh region’s metropolitan planning organization, Jenn also sits on the board of directors for the Local Government Academy, Trying Together. In the spring of 2022 Jenn was honored as one of forty women across Pennsylvania by City & State PA with their Above & Beyond Award, given to the most influential women in Pennsylvania who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their field, combined with having made significant contributions to society.
Jenn graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a concentration in Russian Studies.
My network of professionals working on countering hate in all its forms grew exponentially after attending Eradicate Hate in 2021. The myriad voices represented at Eradicate Hate, from big tech companies to academic researchers to those with lived experience, reinforced to me the importance of cross-cutting and collaborative approaches to counter hate and its devastating impacts on society. I’ve been fortunate to sustain and build those networks with many of those I met at Eradicate Hate in 2021.