WPC Appoints New Communications Director
Mon, Apr 18th 2011, 08:01. Filed under News Releases.
Pittsburgh, Pa. – April 18, 2011 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has named Eric Sloss as director of communications. Sloss, who brings extensive communications experience to the role, joined the organization April 1.
Sloss comes to WPC after eight years of service to Carnegie Mellon University, where he served as director of public relations for the university’s College of Fine Arts.
"We are pleased that Eric has joined the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. He brings a variety of skills in communications to the Conservancy," said Tom Saunders, president and CEO of the Conservancy. "I know that Eric will help the Conservancy communicate its important work in land conservation, watershed restoration, trees and gardens plantings, and preserving and sharing Fallingwater.”
In addition to his work at the Conservancy, Sloss also serves in a volunteer role as vice president of the Steel Valley Arts Council, a nonprofit arts group serving Homestead, West Homestead, Munhall and Whitaker, Pa. He was selected by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 under 40” in 2003 for using the arts as an economic development tool in the Monongahela River valley.
Sloss holds a bachelor of arts degree in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon. His communications work has been recognized by the Public Relations Society of America, the College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania and other public relations and marketing service organizations. Sloss frequently lectures to college students and professionals on nonprofit communications and economic revitalization through the arts.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC helped to establish ten state parks, conserved nearly 230,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.
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