Published October 18, 2021
Pittsburgh Business Times

The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s nationwide search for a new president and CEO has come to an end.

Beginning Nov. 10, Carlos T. Carter will step into the role. Carter is a Pittsburgh native and has previously served as the executive director of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund and as a consultant for Holy Family Institute/Nazareth Prep. He also was a leader in the banking industry for over 16 years and is a recognized motivational speaker, author and blogger. Carter has won multiple awards, including a Pittsburgh Magazine 40 under 40 Award, the National Diversity Multicultural Leadership Award and a New Pittsburgh Courier Man of Excellence Award.

Carter takes over at the helm following current CEO Esther Bush’s 27-year long stint in the role. Bush recently won the Career Achievement award at the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Women of Influence awards.

“I am excited to lead the next phase of this great organization that has done so much to improve the lives of African Americans and other minorities in Southwestern, PA under the leadership of Ms. Esther Bush,” Carter said in a statement. “Following in the footsteps and standing on the shoulders of a community champion like Ms. Bush is a privilege that I don’t take lightly. I look forward to partnering with the community to make Pittsburgh a place where all people can live their best lives despite their race, gender, color, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or ZIP code.”

Bush will be assisting in the transition process before her retirement.

“On behalf of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome Carlos. His experience, expertise and proven leadership will help the Urban League continue to drive its mission forward for the benefit of all stakeholders,” ULGP Board Chair, Alan Trivilino, said. “I also want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the outstanding leadership of Esther during her 27 years leading the Pittsburgh organization. Esther is leaving a lasting legacy on the Urban League, our great city and the many people that she has impacted over the years. As we thank Esther and welcome Carlos, we look forward to the future advancement of the Urban League’s mission of enabling African Americans to achieve economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.”