Phil Koch has been working to strengthen communities for over 15 years. He started his career as an elementary and middle school teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Public Schools. In 2005, Phil left the classroom and began working in the non-profit sector as the Pittsburgh Director for MGR Youth Empowerment, a direct service non-profit focused on youth development. As the National Executive Director, Phil grew the organization to five metropolitan cities, impacting over 50,000 youth during his tenure.
Currently, Phil serves as the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County whose mission is to encourage local residents to become philanthropists, to provide grants that support a wide variety of non-profit organizations, and serve as a community leader. Phil obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Wittenberg University and his Master’s Degree in Professional Leadership and Non-Profit Management from Carlow University.