The Forbes Funds Board
The elected members of The Forbes Funds Board of Directors are committed community leaders. Each Board Member holds a three-year term and may be re-elected.
Kathy Humphrey, Chair
Kathy Humphrey serves as the University's Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement, Secretary of the Board of Trustees, and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s Chief of Staff. In those roles, she oversees Pitt's internal and external relations, focusing on facilitating business engagement, strategic initiatives and partnerships, and government interaction at all levels.
Humphrey has earned numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career, including the YWCA Tribute to Women Leadership Award, 2016 Nellie Leadership Award, and distinction as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s “50 Women of Excellence.” She also earned the Pitt African American Alumni Council's Sankofa Award, which honors community members who have offered outstanding educational support to students of African descent.
Outside the University, Humphrey serves on the Board of Directors of the Three Rivers Adoption Council, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, and Leadership Pittsburgh.
Nancy Rackoff, Secretary/Treasurer
Nancy Rackoff is a member at the law firm of Eckert Seamans where she focuses her practice on advising individuals in the development and implementation of strategies for estate planning, wealth transfer, and charitable giving — as well as the administration and taxation of estates and trusts and business succession matters. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Gateway Bank and a member of the boards of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, where she also serves on the Executive Committee, and the Carnegie Hero Commission. She is former President of the Board of Directors of Forward Housing Corporation, a nonprofit organization serving the housing needs of senior citizens and serves as a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Jason Jones joined the Citizens Bank team in March of 2020 as Community Development Market Manager (VP). In his role at Citizens Bank, Jason oversees community development services, investments, and lending in low-to-moderate areas of Western Pennsylvania.
Jason has over 15 years’ experience in Banking, Management, Investment, Economic Development and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). In September of 2018, he joined Idea Foundry where he held the position of Director of Entrepreneurship, led the Equitable Entrepreneurship Program, oversaw fundraising and deployment of lending funds, and implemented organizational due diligence. Prior to Idea Foundry, Jason was the Community Development Relationships Manager at Woodforest National Bank, where he oversaw Community Reinvestment Act requirements for 40 branches and served as Regional Manager (VP), overseeing 6 states. Jason has also worked at Bridgeway Capital, serving, under-served, under-banked, smaller businesses. In addition to his senior leadership role at Citizens Bank, Jason is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business for Community College of Allegheny County.
Jason is very active in the Pittsburgh community. He serves on the board for Homewood Children’s Village and The Urban Redevelopment Authority Micro Loan Committee. He was named as one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 (Pump) in 2017, 2018’s 50 Finest (Cystic Fibrosis), and Fab 40 (New Pittsburgh Courier) in 2019. He holds a M.S. in Strategic Leadership and B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University.
Scott Lammie serves as Chief Financial Officer of UPMC Health Plan and Sr. Vice President of UPMC's Insurance Services Division. Since September 1990, Mr. Lammie has held key business, financial, and operational leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) which have supported the Health System's evolution, growth, and development into one of the nation's leading integrated delivery and financing health systems.
Lisa Schroeder is president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation. She was appointed in February to lead the nearly 75-year-old community philanthropy, which has about $1.2 billion in total assets and more than 2,300 individual charitable funds. The Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy and connecting donors to the region's critical needs.
Lisa has served as a Fellow of the Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School for Economic Development and on the board of directors of Dollar Bank and the Regional Industrial Development Corporation. Among her awards for leadership are the AIA Gold Medal, the Pittsburgh Business Times Outstanding Women in Business Award and the 2016 Community Service Award in Baltimore.
Patrick Dowd, Ph.D., is the inaugural executive director of Allies for Children, a child advocacy nonprofit dedicated to being a bold voice for policy changes that improve the lives of children. Prior to that, Patrick served as a local elected official for almost a decade. On the Pittsburgh Board of Education, he helped build a strong coalition that ushered in an era of robust education reform that focused on academic excellence and accountability. He later was elected to the Pittsburgh City Council, where he chaired the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for legislation worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Again, he helped build coalitions to advance policies. Before serving as a full-time elected official, he taught high school history and economics. He is a life trustee of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Bill Isler served as the CEO of the Fred Rogers Company, producers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Peg+Cat, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Bill is the former Executive Director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media and the president of Family Communications, Inc. Prior to joining Family Communications, Inc. in 1984, Bill served for eight years in the Pennsylvania Department of Education as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Education, Commissioner of Basic Education and Senior Program Advisor for Early Childhood Education. An active member of his community, Mr. Isler serves on the Boards of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Saint Vincent College, Family Health Council of Southwestern PA, the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, The Grable Foundation, and the Pittsburgh Arts Collaborative. Bill has been an elementary school teacher, day-care teacher, and administrator of a multi-service program for children. He completed his undergraduate studies at Saint Vincent College and graduate Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Bill is a member of the Remake Learning Council.
Brian K. Parker, Board Member Emeritus
Brian Parker is a Partner with the law firm of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein. Brian is a highly skilled attorney with industry experience in Life Sciences and a specific emphasis on pharmaceuticals. His background and experience include 24 years representing Fortune 100 and 200 companies spending the last 16 years as a Partner with a proven track record of advising and counseling C-Suite executives in litigation, governance, compliance, regulatory, strategic planning, and sustainability matters. Brian possesses significant board experience including audit, governance, risk management, compliance and talent management. He has served on the Board of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority. He currently serves as a director for UPMC Mercy Hospital and Ferrum Capital Partners LLC, Duquesne University, and is a member and Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors.