Marc Cherna

Director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Allegheny County, Pa.

Marc Cherna has served as director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) for 22 years. This integrated department, with a budget of $900 million dollars, serves one out of every five residents and includes programs from cradle to grave. Under Mr. Cherna’s direction, the DHS has received numerous awards and national recognition for their work. He has also received many personal awards, including the American Public Human Services Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Casey Family Program’s first Lifetime Achievement in Child Welfare Leadership Award.

Mr. Cherna serves on the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work’s Board of Visitors, the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics Board of Fellows, the American Public Human Services Administrators Leadership Council, and until recently served on the Mayor of Philadelphia’s Community Oversight Board. Mr. Cherna has a master's degree in social work from the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City.