Lydia Morin, MPM, AP

  • Executive Director

As the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT)  Executive Director, Lydia Morin has led rapid growth, fundraising and impact of the hybrid policy think/do tank and local government membership network out of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (Pitt/GSPIA). Before leading the CONNECT staff and joining the Pitt community, Lydia led community engagement and development efforts in the underserved, underinvested municipalities of McKees Rocks Borough and Stowe Township. In both roles, she has earned numerous grants, scholarships and awards for shared work and her own professional development. In Lydia's volunteer time, she co-founded the Etna Community Organization and helped the Borough of Etna achieve the world’s first full EcoDistrict designation, co-leading a two-year long consistent, community engaged visioning and education process. In addition to a Masters from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Lydia is an Accredited Professional with the EcoDistricts and a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh. Lydia also serves on and/or leads on multiple regional, statewide, and national steering and advisory boards, including the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership's Board of Advisors (GPNP) and is co-chairing the 2021 GPNP Summit.