The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is pleased to announce that Ben Ginsberg has been named the Law School’s Director of Development, effective Sept. 8, 2020. He comes to Pitt from the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, Ginsberg led the major gift philanthropy efforts for the Weitzman School of Design, building relationships with over 200 individual major gift donors, overseeing the school’s alumni communications and media outreach, and crafting the fundraising and engagement strategies for key school initiatives including the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, PennPraxis, and the McHarg Center for Urbanism + Ecology.
Before his time at Penn, Ginsberg served as Director of Advancement for AIM Academy, an independent K-12 school, and as a senior consultant at The Lapin Group. In his role as a consultant, he planned and oversaw annual strategic fundraising and marketing strategies for local, national, and international organizations, including two Israel-based universities and a New Jersey advocacy organization.
In addition to his work in nonprofit fundraising, Ginsberg worked for 13 years as a certified planner, serving as Director of Planning and Transportation for Philadelphia’s Center City District and as an environmental planner for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
Ginsberg earned his BA in political science and communications from Pitt’s Dietrich School, is currently active as a Panthers Forward mentor, and is a proud Pitt parent. He also holds an MRP in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a JD from Temple University.
“Ben is a terrific addition to our team and I am thrilled to welcome him back to Pitt,” said Dean Amy J. Wildermuth. “With an impressive record of success in so many varied arenas and communities, I am confident that he is uniquely positioned to take Pitt Law’s engagement and fundraising efforts to the next level.”