Wilbert A. Young The Chairman & CEO
Mr. Young served two terms as Mayor of the Borough of Wilkinsburg, Pa. During his term as mayor he was the first mayor in the commonwealth to help guide his city our of Act 47 bankruptcy. He worked to bring the first supermarket to Wilkinsburg in more than 25 years. He invested more than $375,000 in parks, playgrounds and youth activities and more than $16 million in public and private investments in economic development. He helped reduced crime in Wilkinsburg to its lowest rate in 15 years.
Prior to serving as Mayor; Mr. Young worked in the area of planning and community development, where he has more than thirty-five years of experience. As a result of his overwhelming display of commitment to the redevelopment and revitalization of inner city communities through housing and business development, he was chosen to participate in the National Internship in Community Economic Development at the Development Training Institute. Wilbert was the Executive Director of the Hill Community Development Corporation, where he instituted one the most successful community revitalization program in the region. PNC, National City and Citizens Bank have nominated Young for the US Small Business Administration award for his work with small businesses in the Pittsburgh region.
Mr. Young has approached community development from various avenues, lending his expertise as a vice chairman of the Affordable Housing Council at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, serving as a past trustee of the Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation, and on the boards of the Landmark Development Corporation and the Neighborhood Housing Service. Wilbert was also a member of the local Fannie Mae advisory council. Wilbert is a member of the Harvard Club of Western Pennsylvania and Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association. Mr. Young is also a member of the Dillard University Alumni Association and the Pratt Institute Alumni Association. He was staff director for the LA. Legislative Black Caucus, and went on to hold a number of positions on the local, state, and federal levels including the United States Congress where he worked on Capital Hill as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Young is presently the Chairman & CEO of Great Northern Capital Investment Group. Mayor Young is an honorably discharged United States Army veteran.