The Port Authority Board of Directors voted this morning to terminate Steve Bland's contract as CEO effective immediately. The Board named Chief Financial Officer Ellen McLean as the Interim CEO while it conducts a search for qualified candidates.
During this period of transition, riders and those who rely on public
transportation in Allegheny County will not be negatively impacted.
Ms. McLean has served as CFO since October 2010 and supervises multiple
departments, including Financial Planning and Budgets, Grants and Capital
Programs, Accounting and Treasury, Information Technology and
Purchasing/Materials Management. Additionally, she serves as trustee for the
Authority’s three pension plans.
Before joining Port Authority, Ms. McLean was managing director for
Infrastructure Initiatives at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC, and
served as the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Pittsburgh from 1999 to
2005 during the administration of Mayor Tom Murphy. She was responsible for
managing the City’s $450 million budget, and served as executive director of the
City’s Comprehensive Municipal Pension Trust Fund and treasurer of the
Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. Prior to that, she served as the City’s
assistant director for the Office of Management and Budget, and assistant
director of the Finance Department.
Over the course of her career, she has also served as a consultant in the
areas of strategic and financial planning for public entities, nonprofits and
foundations, including Pittsburgh Public Schools, the Pittsburgh Foundation and
the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in
English from Duquesne University and a Master of Public Management degree in
Financial Management from the H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie
Mellon University. She is a resident of Pittsburgh.