Ruth Byrd-Smith – Director, Allegheny County Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Dept.
Ruth Byrd-Smith is Director of the Allegheny County Minority/ Women/ Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Department, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was appointed to this position in February of 2004. In this position as Director, Ruth oversees the budget, certification of minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprises, technical assistance programs, and dissemination of information on contracting opportunities.
Prior to her appointment, Ruth was principal of Ruth Byrd-Smith Consulting, a firm that assisted governmental entities in managing diversity and communication issues. Ruth holds a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from Point Park College.
Ruth is Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs, the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Oversight Board and a member of many other organizations and boards.
In 2006 Ruth was awarded the Minority Business Champion for the SBA Region III which is a seven state area and in 2007 was awarded the Civic and Community Leadership award from the YWCA. In 2008 and 2009 respectively, Ruth was the recipient of the New Pittsburgh Courier – 50 Women of Excellence Award and Onyx Woman Network – 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ruth’s son and daughter-in-law reside in Virginia Beach, VA.
542 Forbes Ave
204 County Office Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2920