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Newsmaker: Kathy Risko

| Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, 12:00 p.m.

Age: 35

Residence: Wilkinsburg

Family: Husband, Michael Horvath; parents Donald and Fern Risko of Monroeville

Occupation: Recently named associate director, Congress of Neighboring Communities, CONNECT

Education: Bachelor's degree in political science and history from the University of Pittsburgh; master's degree in public policy and management from Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Background: Prior to her work with CONNECT, Risko was the senior program manager at Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., where she worked with the strategic development and management of the Leadership Development Initiative, which helps emerging leaders focus on the major issues facing the region.

Noteworthy: Risko is on the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Opera and Venture Outdoors, a member of the GSPIA Dean Alumni Council and serves as the treasurer of the Point of Pittsburgh Sailing League.

Quote: "CONNECT encourages and facilitates collaboration among the city of Pittsburgh and the 35 municipalities sharing its border. With so much potential for discussion, deliberation and collective action to enhance our public services, it is an honor and a privilege to lend my guidance and leadership — working with public officials and civic leaders — to create an even better Pittsburgh region."

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