June 24, 2008 |

Mark Bibro named new executive director of the Birmingham Foundation

Mark Bibro has been named executive director of the Birmingham Foundation.

He replaces the foundation's first executive director, Mary Phan-Gruber, who left after 10 years of service in 2007 to join Dewey & Kaye as a Senior Nonprofit Consultant.

“Mary Phan-Gruber did a very effective job leading the Foundation during its first 10 years,” said Chairman Terry Wirginis, “and we knew it would take time to find someone comparable to fill the position.”

The decision was announced after a nine month search process lead by local recruitment firm Dewey & Kaye, who facilitated the search. More than 100 applications were received for the position.

“To the Search Committee, Mark emerged as the best and most thoughtful choice due to his breadth of experience and enlightened vision for the Birmingham Foundation's future,” said Mr. Wirginis.

Mr. Bibro leaves his position as general manager of The Pittsburgh Terminal Properties (Riverwalk Corporate Centre), a position he held for seven years. He oversaw the transformation of the 100-year old, 1-million square foot building into one of the most creative spaces in the city which is currently home to more than 90 tenants.

Mr. Bibro has a history in non-profit management, having served as executive director of the North Side Commons Ministries and Louise Child Care. He has also served as president of the Pittsburgh Jaycees (Vectors), the Multiple Sclerosis Service Society, Angels' Place, and Louise Child Care, and served as vice president of the South Hills Interfaith Ministries and treasurer of the Auditorium Authority.

Currently, Mr. Bibro is active with several nonprofit organizations. He serves as president of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, East End Cooperative Ministry, and Friends of the Riverfront; Vice President of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, South Side Local Development Company, and Multiple Sclerosis Service Society; and is a Board member of Marion Manor, Riverlife Task Force, St. Augustine Plaza, and St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center.

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