By Nancy Jones, (MPA)

Select cities around the world are acting to mitigate their impact on the environment and must develop plans to adapt to climate change. This past summer I wrote a case study comparing climate adaptation and mitigation policies in the city of Copenhagen.  Specifically I wanted to understand the rationale for the adoption of the two distinct policies. I chose Copenhagen because the city consistently ranks among the top 10 Green City Indices and other sustainability metrics, actively reduces the use of carbon-intensive systems in its portfolio, and must cope with increased flooding as a result of climate change. I applied for funding to carry out qualitative research with industry experts and was afforded the exceptional opportunity to visit the city during the first week of September. 

On October 19, 2016, the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership at GSPIA gave its annual Emerging Leader Award to Alec Karakatsanis. Alec is the founder and executive director of Civil Rights Corps which provides pro bono legal services to those most in need and works to change the systemic issues that create unjustifiable inequalities in the criminal legal system. Prior to this, Alec co-founded Equal Justice Under Law, a non-profit organization dedicated to “ensuring that the legal system protects the important principles of human and civil rights, equality, and fairness.”

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership is offering free consulting services to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Organizations selected for the program will be assigned advanced-level graduate student consultants for approximately 11-weeks between January-April 2017 at no cost to the organization. 

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership is pleased to release its 2016 annual report featuring exemplars of leadership, teaching, research, and the ongoing public service efforts of the institute.

The Allegheny Conference has announced that Rosamaria Cristello (MPPM) is the inaugural recipient of the Barbara McNees Spirit of ATHENA Award Scholarship. Cristello is the director of the Latino Family Center in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of Glen R. Johnson, good friend and benefactor of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Glen passed away Monday, August 1, peacefully and with his family by his side. Glen was an extraordinary leader in all three sectors – government, business and nonprofit. He was beloved as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Those of us who were fortunate enough to know and work with Glen have lost an inspiring mentor. We will honor his memory by continuing the important work of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, LaVonne, and to Glen’s family. We are planning to honor Glen’s extraordinary life during one of our upcoming events this fall. Until then, you may share your thoughts and notes of condolence with Glen’s family by visiting

Tyler O'Daniel (MPIA '17), a member of the Johnson Institute Leadership Portfolio Program, was recently chosen to participate in the selective Hesselbein Global Leadership Summit.  The Summit, which will take place July 23-26 at the University of Pittsburgh, prepares students to excel as effective, ethical, and innovative global leaders. Fifty participants from around the world work alongside distinguished mentors who share their experience and guide students through leadership training.  The Summit is named in honor of Frances Hesselbein, one of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development, who has joined with the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues worldwide to strengthen leadership among college-age students.

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership will honor Susan Collin Marks, Peace Ambassador and John Marks, Founder of the Search for Common Ground at 3:30 pm, Thursday, April 21 at the University Club.

By Aileen St. Leger

For many years, the City of Pittsburgh was said to be suffering from “brain drain,” the phenomena caused by students receiving a rigorous education from one of Pittsburgh’s prestigious institutions, and then leaving the city in search of better economic opportunities in other regions, explained John Delano on a recent segment of the Sunday Business Page.

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership is pleased to release its 2015 annual report featuring exemplars of leadership, teaching, research, and the ongoing public service efforts of the institute.

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