David Pankratz, PhD, is an arts researcher, evaluator, and policy analyst who currently serves as Research & Policy Director for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC). In this role he has directed the production and dissemination of its report, “Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity in Allegheny County”, drafted “Developing Policy Positions on the Arts, Culture & Tourism in PA,” managed the Pittsburgh Arts Research Committee, facilitated “Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives” gatherings, and chaired Mayor Peduto's transition subcommittee on the Arts, Culture, Tourism, and Economic Development. David teaches "Cultural Policy & Advocacy in the U.S.” at Carnegie Mellon University and “Analysis for Creative Placemaking” for The Ohio State University. He previously held senior positions for the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Arts & Business Council of Los Angeles, and the Independent Commission on the National Endowment for the Arts. David is the author of Multiculturalism and Public Arts Policy, and co-editor of The Arts in a New Millennium: Research and the Arts Sector. He earned an M.A. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in Arts Policy & Administration from The Ohio State University.
Jennifer Petrie-Signore, PhD, is the director of development at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech in Shadyside. She has also held development positions at Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze, Bethlehem Haven women’s shelter in Uptown, and provides freelance nonprofit consulting, editing, and grant writing services. Before joining the non-profit community, she spent seven years as a senior project coordinator for the Office of Academic Affairs, Health Sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her undergraduate degree at Purdue University, earned her doctorate in behavioral neuroscience from the University of California at Los Angeles, and then completed postdoctoral training in stress neurobiology in the University of Pittsburgh Department Of Psychiatry. She has been an active member of the western Pennsylvania chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2010 and served on the Board of Directors as chair of the annual Emerging Philanthropy conference and Vice President for Communications. Jennifer is a Pittsburgh native who resides in Squirrel Hill with her husband and two children.