Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl at Penn State Fayette Oct. 14
Luke Ravenstahl became the 59th mayor of the City of Pittsburgh on September 1, 2006, upon the untimely death of Mayor Bob O’Connor. By an overwhelming margin of 64 percent to 35 percent, Ravenstahl was officially elected mayor of the City of Pittsburgh in a special election on November 6, 2007. The 28-year-old Pittsburgh native holds the distinction of being the youngest mayor of any major U.S. city. He will serve out the remainder of late Mayor O’Connor’s term, until 2009.
Ravenstahl’s ascent to the top of Pittsburgh government began in 2003, when he became the youngest member ever elected to Pittsburgh City Council. Two years later, his colleagues unanimously voted him council president.
Ravenstahl is a 1998 graduate of Pittsburgh’s North Catholic High School. He received his bachelor’s of arts in business administration from Washington and Jefferson College in December 2002.
As Pittsburgh’s mayor, Ravenstahl is working to create a Pittsburgh with a vibrant economy and 21st century job growth.
CEO Conversations is designed to give students the opportunity to hear from and talk with key individuals in the local, regional and national business communities about business, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
CEO Conversations, an initiative of Penn State Fayette Chancellor Dr. Emmanuel Osagie, debuted in fall 2007 with local businessman, philanthropist, and former Fayette County Commissioner Joseph A. Hardy III as the guest speaker. Guest speakers featured in the 2008 spring series included Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania Attorney General, and Nancy Vernon, Fayette County District Attorney; Stephen G. Sheetz, chairman of Sheetz Inc.; and James V. O’Donnell, CEO of American Eagle Outfitters. The 2008 fall series opened with Edward W. Stack, CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods.