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Regional Facilitator, Emeritus Member of the Board of Trustees, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation; Board of Directors, Vision Shared
William P. (Pat) Getty is the long-time former president of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, which serves West Virginia, southwestern Pennsylvania, and the multi-state economic region centered on Pittsburgh. He is now the Foundation's Regional Facilitator and an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees. Getty serves on the implementation committee of the Tri-State Shale Coalition, a collaboration initiated by the Governors of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania seeking to optimize downstream economic development pertaining to shale gas, especially modern manufacturing. Since 2006, he has been a leader of Power of 32, a 32-county, four-state visioning and development project in the Pittsburgh economic region.
Getty serves on the Boards of: Vision Shared, a West Virginia state-wide economic development initiative; Imagine West Virginia, an independent policy research institute; the Allegheny Conference for Community Development; Vibrant Pittsburgh, which seeks to attract, retain, and elevate skilled and diverse talent; and the Allegheny County Parks Foundation. He serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Rural Affairs in Pennsylvania, the Advisory Board of Pittsburgh Regional Indicators, and the Policy Committee of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. He is a Fellow of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics.
He was a founding Board member and past Chair of the Fund for the Advancement of the Minorities Through Education (FAME), is an Emeritus Trustee and past Chair of Shady Side Academy, and is a past Board member and Chair of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania, a past Board member of the Technology Collaborative and LEAD Pittsburgh, and a past member of the West Virginia Jobs Cabinet and the Advisory Board of the West Virginia Teacher Quality Initiative.
A native Pittsburgher, Getty is a graduate of Trinity College and Georgetown University Law School. He had practiced law since 1970 with the Pittsburgh firm of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott prior to becoming President of the Benedum Foundation on January 1, 1999.