Meet the Hazelwood Initiative
Jim is the Executive Director of Hazelwood Initiative. He has been involved in non-profit management for over 25 years. As executive director for the Hazelwood Initiative, he is responsible for day-to-day operations, project management, and supporting the Board in governance. Prior to returning to Pittsburgh, Richter was Chief Advocate for the ARC of Westmoreland. There he served as agency lobbyist and director of the early intervention program.
For close to ten years, Jim served as a consultant to non-profit agencies in the human service, arts and educational fields working on board development; executive mentoring; program design and evaluation; fundraising; and mergers. Jim also worked for four years as senior consultant for the fund raising firm of TCR Group. Prior to going into consulting, he was the executive director of Riverview Community Action in Oakmont and foundation director for the Baptist Homes of Western Pennsylvania. Click here for more information about Baptist Homes of Western Pennsylvania.
Richter has been a member of several professional and service organizations. Among them, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (former NSFRE) where he was National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair and member of the Program Committee; Coalition for Responsible Philanthropy; National Council on Aging; Vice-chair of the County Aging Service Providers; South Hills Chamber of Commerce; and Salvation Army. Richter also served on the Allegheny County Health Department’s Maternal and Child Health Planning Committee.
He has been a presenter at national conferences of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. Presently, he serves as treasurer of the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group. In his home community, Richter was a member of the Bethel Park Parksand Recreation Board, a travel soccer coach (D-License) and a founding Trustee of the Bethel Park Community Foundation. Richter studied public administration at the University pf Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, English Literature at Pitt, and concert violin at Duquesne University. During undergraduate school, he worked at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, but still made time to play on Pitt’s Ice Hockey Club. Now, he serves as a Field Service Instructor for the School of Social Work. He also has a certificate in Government Relations from the Pennsylvania Community Providers Association, Government Relations Institute.