Justin C. Griffith, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer & Secretary of the Board of Directors
Dr. Justin Griffith is the CEO of the Regional Learning Alliance (RLA), a collaborative nonprofit. He began service to the RLA in 2005, developing the RLA into the most active workforce training and educational conferencing center in western Pennsylvania and a national model for lifelong learning. Dr. Griffith is also an Educational Psychologist specializing in Adult Learning and the Learning Environment. The RLA hosts nearly 1,500 learning events with over 50,000 learners each year.
Justin began his career as an Executive Director of a Chamber of Commerce and a Convention and Visitors Bureau where he designed business education training, community events, and hospitality trainings. That led to him to spend 6 years serving West Virginia University as Manager of Conferencing and Educational Programming at WVU Jackson’s Mill Center for Lifelong Learning. Justin then began a doctoral residency at WVU, teaching and advising while focusing on research in cognitive communication, andragogy, and the learning environment. Justin holds a Doctor of Educational Psychology from WVU. He serves as a member of the American Psychological Association, Allegheny Conference on Community Development - Community Revitalization Committee, and serves on the board of directors for HeartPrints Center for Early Education, the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), Cranberry Woods Association, and as Board Secretary to Regional Learning Alliance. Justin also holds a master’s degree in Communication Studies from West Virginia University with undergraduate degrees in Business Management and Architectural Engineering from Fairmont State University where he graduated with the University’s Kellogg Foundation Leadership Award. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh Development Institute XIV.
In 2016, the Pittsburgh Business Times honored Justin as a Most Admired CEO along with 19 other regional CEO’s for an inaugural awards program. In 2013, Dr. Griffith received the Pittsburgh Business Times Fast Tracker Award. Also, in 2013, he was named as a Top 40 Under 40 from Pittsburgh Magazine. He is proud to lead a vital community learning organization that has been the only nonprofit awarded a Best Place to Work in Western Pennsylvania for 9 years in a row.
Outside of his position, Justin is a Master Gardener Trainee through Penn State University Master Gardener Program in Allegheny County. He is a bonsai artist and grower and has a passion for travel, architecture, design, history, art, and the performing arts. He often finds inspiration from these interests, bringing creative ideas back to his profession.