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The Pittsburgh Human Resource Association was founded at the turn of the twentieth century as a chapter of the National Association of Corporate Schools (NACS), which promoted vocational education in the industry.  As the chapter expanded in scope, the name changed to the National Personnel Association in 1922.  Continuing its transition, the name later changed again to the American Management Association.  Subsequently, the Pittsburgh chapter broke away from the national group and formed the Pittsburgh Personnel Association.  The association operated for many years under this name until, reflecting the advancement of the profession.  In 1998 the organization became known as the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association.

PHRA is governed by a Board of Directors and the operations are handled by Elizabeth Lamping the Executive Director and Deven Snyder the Member Services Manager.  In its 98th year, PHRA is consistently among the nation’s top 25 human resources professional associations. With 1,100 members, PHRA is the largest human resources management association in Western Pennsylvania providing “best-in-class” professional development, certification, re-certification and other educational programs.

PHRA engages leading experts to address fundamentals such as talent acquisition productivity and job satisfaction as well as emerging trends. PHRA’s programs equip the human resource professional to bring value to a company’s organizational strategy, maintaining a vibrant workforce that builds the region’s economy.

The PHRA is the proud recipient of the SHRM Superior Merit Award for over 25 years and won the prestigious Pinnacle Award in 1998.  In 2011, PHRA won the Social Media Madness Competition hosted by the Pittsburgh Business Times. 


To align human resources as a strategic business partner in organizations by leading & increasing HR competency and business acumen. 



To empower and educate HR and business professionals at all levels to execute strategic business objectives through mentoring, professional development, and networking opportunities. 

In achieving the vision and mission of this organization, there will be no discrimination in membership or Association activities because of race, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, marital status, citizenship status or any other lawfully protected status.







Pittsburgh Human Resources Association (PHRA)
420 Fort Duquesne Boulevard
One Gateway Center – Suite 1852
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
Ph: 412-261-5537