BASW Program Director named PACE Board Chair

PITTSBURGH, July 7, 2016- Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Keith J. Caldwell, MSW, as the 2017-2019 Chair of the PACE Board of Commissioners. Currently Vice Chair, Mr. Caldwell has been a member of the PACE board since 2009 and assumed his new appointment July 1, 2016.

“Keith’s guidance and leadership has been a critical asset to the PACE organization and Pittsburgh community,” said Lucille E. Dabney, PACE Executive Director. “He is committed to strengthening communities through empowerment, providing people with encouragement and opportunities to use their gifts and talents to be agents of change.”

In addition to serving as a PACE Commissioner, Mr. Caldwell is an Assistant Professor and  Director of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.  Caldwell previously was Director of Career Services and Alumni Affairs for the school, helping to provide career-enhancing services to the over 600 students and 10,000 social work alumni. Prior to joining Pitt, he held the position of Director for Advancement for North Hills Community Outreach, overseeing ‘Compassion Allegheny,’ a federally funded project providing capacity building training and technical assistance to faith-based and community-based organizations throughout Allegheny County. He also was the Community Development Coordinator for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services’ Office of Behavioral Health/System of Care Initiatives, a federal demonstration project that provided families with community-based, family driven, culturally competent services. Keith was named one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine/PUMP in 2013.

“It has been exciting and rewarding to be a part of PACE’s leadership and our outstanding team of Commissioners for the past seven years,” said Caldwell. “Together, we will continue PACE’s efforts to strengthen and empower local nonprofits while investing in our internal capacity and sustainability.”

A native of the state of Maine, Keith came to Pittsburgh in 2001 to complete his Master’s degree in Social Work at Pitt after receiving his Bachelor of Social Work at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY. In addition to PACE, Keith also serves as the board president for Advancing Academics.  He is happy to now call Pittsburgh home, where he resides with his wife Nicole and children Isabella and Rhys and plays bass guitar with local ‘surf rock’ band The Turbosonics.

Since its inception, PACE has provided technical assistance as well as more than $10 million to over 300 nonprofit organizations in isolated and neglected areas of the Pittsburgh region. Community jewels supported by PACE in their early years includes: Kingsley Association, Pittsburgh Literacy Council, NEED, and Manchester Bidwell Corporation. For more information about PACE visit: