Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy, Heinz College
Rick Stafford has been a Heinz College Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy since June of 2006. He has directed the launch of Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 and Metro21 Initiatives, the university's foray into the smart cities arena. Prior to his Heinz appointment, Stafford served as Chief Executive Officer for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. The Conference worked to undertake several major regional initiatives in the Pittsburgh region in public governance, regional economic development, education and workforce development, and civic reorganization. Prior to the Conference, much of his career had been dedicated to public service. He served as Secretary of Legislative Affairs in the cabinet of Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh during the governor’s first term, and as chief of staff for the last 16 months of his second term. Stafford was Director of Research and Issues for the Thornburgh for Governor Committee and served as the Director of Transition between the administrations of Governor Milton Shapp and Governor Thornburgh. Previous to that position, he served as Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the Port Authority of Allegheny County. He has done extensive consulting in the public policy arena, as well as served on various governmental and community organizations.
- B.S. in Mathematics
- M.S. in Public Management