Jerry Okoko is making a difference for minority and women-owned businesses in the Pittsburgh area. Appointed by the Pittsburgh Housing Authority in August of 2003, he was charged with the huge task of increasing the hiring of minority- and women-owned contractors. He also promotes the Housing Authority’s programs for disadvantaged business enterprises in order to encourage more minority- and women-owned businesses to bid on contracts. Prior to joing the Housing Authority, he worked as a director of consulting for Exico Inc., where he was the project manager for MBE/WBE programs on local projects including construction of Heinz Field, the Oak Hill Hope VI redevelopment project, and the renovation of the Allegheny County Jail.Mr. Okoko is a graduate of Howard University and Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a master’s degree in public policy and finance.
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times