University of Pittsburgh School of Education

OCD's Laurie Mulvey Receives the Coleman Award

Published on 9/15/2017 12:11:00 PM

Laurie Mulvey, the longtime director of demonstration programs for the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development, received the 2017 Coleman Award presented by the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics. The award, named for former School of Social Work faculty member Moe Coleman, recognizes elected and non-elected community leaders who, by personal example and sustained generosity, have made a significant impact in the region.

Mulvey retired from the Office of Child Development in 2017 after 27 years of providing leadership for several collaborative projects designed to improve the lives of children and families. She has written and coordinated multiple federal, state, and local grants and has nearly four decades of experience working in family services, child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, and education systems. Mulvey oversaw several projects including the Pathways to Kindergarten Success, a set of grants and activities that foster positive transitions for children and their families into Kindergarten. In addition to her work at OCD, Laurie serves on the boards of several organizations and is an active member of the Pittsburgh community.

The University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics recognizes that the collective identity of any region is largely demonstrated by the overall values and priorities embraced by the people who live there. In Southwestern Pennsylvania, we place significant value on individuals who have a strong commitment to serve the region. To honor one of our community’s greatest civic servants and to recognize those who have followed in his path, the Institute of Politics has created the Morton “Moe” Coleman Award for Excellence in Community Service.

The purpose of the Coleman Award is twofold. It creates a lasting tribute to the Institute’s founding director, Moe Coleman, for the substantial and enduring contributions he has made to the Southwestern Pennsylvania region in the areas of public policy and governance, education, health and human services, and human equity. The award also recognizes elected and non-elected community leaders who, by personal example and sustained generosity, have made a significant impact in the region.


2006 – Moe Coleman, director emeritus, Institute of Politics
2007 – Maxwell King, executive director, Fred Rogers Center, Saint Vincent College
2008 – Marc Cherna, director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services;
  Jim Rohr, president & CEO, PNC Financial Services Group
2009 – Karen Wolk Feinstein, president & CEO, Jewish Healthcare Foundation;
  David J. Malone, president & CEO, Gateway Financial Services
2010 – David E. Epperson, Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh
2011 – Helen S. Faison, former teacher, principal and superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools, and community leader in education
2012 – Henry S. Beukema, executive director, McCune Foundation;
  Morgan K. O’Brien, president and CEO, Peoples Natural Gas
2013 – Philip B. Hallen, president emeritus, Falk Foundation;
  Linda McKenna Boxx, chairman, Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation
2014 – Edie Shapira, president, board of directors, The Pittsburgh Foundation;
  Rick Stafford, distinguished service professor of public policy, Carnegie Mellon University
2015 – Bill Isler, former president and CEO, The Fred Rogers Center;
  Chuck Queenan, Chairman Emeritus, K&L Gates LLP
2016 – Linda Lane, former superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools;
  Bill Strickland, President & CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

*Please note that the titles and organizations listed reflect the position held by the awardee when he/she received the award.


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