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Chief Executive Officer

Ellen M. McLean

Ellen M. McLean was named Chief Executive Officer of Port Authority of Allegheny County effective February 1, 2014. Prior to her appointment, she served as interim CEO starting in February 2013.

Ms. McLean joined Port Authority as Chief Financial Officer in October 2010. In that position, she supervised multiple departments, including Financial Planning and Budgets, Grants and Capital Programs, Accounting and Treasury, Information Technology and Purchasing/Materials Management, and served as trustee for the Authority’s three pension plans. 

Before joining Port Authority, Ms. McLean was Managing Director of Infrastructure Initiatives at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC, where she led a team in research, development and distribution of policies promoting smart infrastructure investment and financing.   

Ms. McLean was Chief Financial Officer for the City of Pittsburgh from 1999 to 2005 during the administration of Mayor Tom Murphy. She was responsible for managing the City’s $450 million budget, and served as executive director of the City’s Comprehensive Municipal Pension Trust Fund and treasurer of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. She was a key player in developing and implementing the City’s fiscal strategy, resulting in legislative approval of broader regional taxing power and wide-ranging cost controls through the adoption of a budget plan under State Act 47.

Prior to that, she served as the City’s assistant director for the Office of Management and Budget, and assistant director of the Finance Department.

Over the course of her career, she has also served as a consultant in the areas of strategic and financial planning for public entities, nonprofits and foundations, including Pittsburgh Public Schools, the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Ms. McLean received a Master of Public Management degree with a focus in Financial Management from the H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in English from Duquesne University. She is a resident of Pittsburgh.

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