Bob grew up and continues to live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is involved with Gamaliel’s affiliate, Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN). Bob has been the secretary of PIIN for approximately five years and is also part of the Education Task Force.
How did you get involved with Gamaliel?
I was a member of an organization called “The religious Task Force on the Economy” when Greg Galuzzo came to Pittsburgh to bring together Pastors and other leaders to form PIIN. Most of us brought our congregations into PIIN. I’ve been part of PIIN as long as it has been in existence, about eleven years, although my congregation did not officially join for about a year.
What are some of your recent accomplishments?
As part of Education Task Force, I participated in one on ones with board members and candidates. At Board election, four new members were elected who greatly changed attitudes and policies of board. Working together with allies in area has created coalition for maintaining and improving the Public School system.
What are you currently working on?
I am still working on Public School system with allies seeking to implement the ‘Community School’ concept in Pittsburgh. I am also working at the state level to do ‘Fair Funding’ for schools in state. I will also be leading Community Engagement/ Voter Activation for PIIN.
How did you reach your leadership position within Gamaliel?
It seemed to me that a secretary was an important position. I had an important role in the history and self-identity of the organization. I like to be seen as person who counted on to get done what is needed.
Can you talk about how your faith ahs inspired your leadership position?
I have felt that the meaning of religion was found in the way you lived your life in the world. My Church, The Community of Reconciliation, has always had a strong orientation toward action in the world and PIIN is a great aid for me to live that action out.