The Birmingham Foundation’s Board of Directors has announced Michelle Figlar, as the third executive director of the 25-year-old independent community-focused foundation. Ms. Figlar has served as Vice President of Learning at The Heinz Endowments where she leads grantmaking focused on education of young children and family and community health.
Ms. Figlar will succeed Mark Bibro, who is retiring after 22 years at the Birmingham Foundation, serving the past 14 years as its leader. Mr. Bibro will continue his affiliation with the Foundation by advising on its mission-related investments in real estate development in Pittsburgh’s Hilltop. Mary Phan Gruber, who recently announced her retirement as Executive Director of the Jefferson Regional Foundation, was the foundation’s first Executive director.