The Honorable Luke Ravenstahl

Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl knows first-hand that passion, energy and enthusiasm can drive young leaders to greatness. At the age of 23, Ravenstahl became the youngest member ever elected to Pittsburgh City Council. After serving two years on council, Ravenstahl was unanimously voted City Council President, a post he held for only eight months before being sworn in as Mayor in 2007 and was elected for his first full, four-year term in 2009. Now, at 32 years old, Mayor Ravenstahl still holds the distinction as the youngest mayor of any major American city.

Under Ravenstahl's leadership, Pittsburgh is experiencing its Third Renaissance – a revitalization marked by population growth, job creation and $5 billion in investments in downtown alone. He co-created Pittsburgh's first citywide scholarship program – The Pittsburgh Promise – which provides Pittsburgh Public School students with up to $40,000 in scholarships for college. Since its inception in 2007, The Pittsburgh Promise has helped over 3,500 students pursue higher education, and has grown to be the largest program of its kind.

Mayor Ravenstahl also helped establish Pittsburgh as a city that welcomes innovation by spearheading the City's first-ever comprehensive plan, PLANPGH. The plan will include 12 main components such as MOVEPGH, which will provide a vision for the City's transportation network over the next 25 years. MOVEPGH is anticipated to be completed in 2013.

In just five years, Mayor Ravenstahl's leadership has helped make the City of Pittsburgh a place where residents want to live, businesses want to invest and visitors want to return. Many publications are touting the City's success, including The Economist and – which have named Pittsburgh America's "Most Livable City" for four consecutive years – and National Geographic Travelers Magazine, which named Pittsburgh one of the "20 Best of the World Must-See Destinations" in 2012.