Brian J. Hill:
Senior Program Officer, Richard King Mellon Foundation
Brian J. Hill is a senior program officer with the Richard King Mellon Foundation, based in Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Foundation 13 years ago, Hill served as CEO and President of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), a statewide non-profit group. He worked with PEC for over twenty years and while there directed the Council’s offices in western Pennsylvania, served as Vice President for Watersheds, and Director of Research and Education. He also co-founded the nationally-award winning French Creek Project based in Meadville as well as the Center for Economic and Environmental Development at Allegheny College. As CEO of PEC, he oversaw its subsidiary, Enterprising Environmental Solutions, Inc., which developed climate action plans for Pennsylvania and 20 other state governments. Hill worked for Pennsylvania Governor Rendell as an executive policy specialist on environmental, agricultural, economic development, and transportation issues. Previously, Pennsylvania Governor Ridge appointed him to his 21st Century Environment Commission. Under Pennsylvania Governors Casey, Ridge, and Rendell, Hill was a member and also chaired the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Citizens Advisory Council and served on the state Environmental Quality Board. Pennsylvania Governor Wolf appointed Hill to his Green Ribbon Task Force on Forest Products and Conservation. Hill currently serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds and on the advisory board for the First Energy Sustainable Energy Fund. He received a BS in Environmental Resource Management from Allegheny College and his MS in Natural Resource Management from the University of New Hampshire.