Gina Evans Joins McElhattan Foundation as Education Program Officer

Lesley CarlinPress releases

Gina Evans, formerly Director of External Affairs at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, is the McElhattan Foundation’s first program officer

PITTSBURGH (AUGUST 19, 2019)—The McElhattan Foundation, a grantmaking foundation based in Pittsburgh, today announced the appointment of Gina Evans as Education Program Officer. Gina will lead the Foundation’s grantmaking initiatives in its education program area.

Gina Evans

“As we began to move toward more strategic grantmaking, we realized we needed someone to focus specifically on education, our most competitive program area,” said Lesley Carlin, Executive Director of the McElhattan Foundation. “Gina has a thorough understanding of the education funding landscape in Pittsburgh and experience working on the development side of grantmaking, which will allow her to develop excellent relationships with our applicants and grantees. We’re thrilled to welcome her to our team.”

Prior to joining the McElhattan Foundation, Gina was the Director of External Affairs at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (CMP). She led strategic fundraising, marketing, and communications, including the successful $19.3 million campaign to open MuseumLab, CMP’s facility for older children housed in the former Carnegie Library on the North Side. Before joining CMP, Gina served as Interim Director of Institutional Giving and Government Relations at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Gina is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and a member of the board of directors for the Edgewood Foundation. She holds a BA in Communications from Penn State.


About the McElhattan Foundation
The McElhattan Foundation, established in 1994, originally served as the philanthropic arm of Industrial Scientific Corporation, a company founded by K.E. McElhattan and his son, Kent D. McElhattan. When the family sold Industrial Scientific in 2017, a portion of the proceeds went into the Foundation’s endowment, and the Foundation chose “preserving and enhancing human life” as its mission. Now, the Foundation awards grants twice per year in four program areas: workplace safety; education; palliative care; and community development in Knox and Franklin, PA. More information is available at

Media contact
Lesley Carlin, Executive Director