Chris Brussalis


Chris Brussalis is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hill Group, Inc., a management consulting firm founded in 1953. The firm is a premier provider of management counsel, specializing in strategy, operations, and measurement. The Hill Group serves a wide range of private and public sector clients, including large corporations, institutions, nonprofits, and governments.

Chris has technical knowledge, academic expertise, and practical experience in strategy, economic analysis, policy development, leadership, management, and corporate governance. He has provided counsel to Fortune 500 corporations, large institutions including healthcare systems and universities, and governments. Chris also has extensive experience and expertise in public policy and stakeholder participation processes and has testified as an expert witness on public policy, economic development, and planning issues.

In addition to his duties at The Hill Group, Chris is also Adjunct Professor of Management and Policy at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University. Chris also served as chairman of the economic development faculty with the Tri-State Leadership Academy, housed at West Virginia University, where he developed curriculum and lectured on strategic planning, management, leadership, and economic development on behalf of the Kellogg Foundation. Chris’ teaching at the graduate level focuses on management, strategy, and policy analysis. He also has numerous publications and papers on management and policy issues to his credit. Chris attended Allegheny College for his bachelor’s degree and the University of Illinois where he pursued a master’s degree in public and business administration and doctorate in planning. He is currently finishing a doctorate in higher education administration at Northeastern University.

Chris is very active in civic and community issues. He currently serves on the boards of the American Society for Competitiveness, Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity (Treasurer), Regional Learning Alliance (Chairman), Leadership Pittsburgh (Past Chairman), and Eberly College of Business at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Advisory). Chris was appointed by Pennsylvania’s Governor to serve on the Commonwealth’s Small Business Council. He also managed the New Idea Factory, the largest economic development transition effort of a metropolitan region in the history of the United States in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Chris served on the boards of the National ALS Association (Chairman of Public Policy and Advocacy, Executive Committee), Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall (President), CentraComm Communications (Management Committee), Institute of Management Consultants for Western Pennsylvania (Vice President), Annual Fund at Allegheny College (Chairman), CONTACT Pittsburgh, Waynesburg University MBA and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs (Advisory), and Rotary International. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, a network of regional leaders and decision makers.

Chris was selected as one of the Pittsburgh region’s top 20 “Changemakers” and “Fast Trackers” by the Pittsburgh Business Times, Pittsburgh Magazine’s top “40 Under 40,” and one of “Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest.” He received a Blue Citation from Allegheny College for a lifetime of outstanding service to his alma mater. Chris was also selected by the Secretary of the Air Force as one of 100 distinguished American leaders to attend the forty-seventh annual National Security Forum at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base.