Dan O’Keefe is the current Western At-Large Representative to the PSBA Governing Board. A school director since 1996, he earned his PSBA Master School Board Member accreditation in 2011, an honor held by only 33 individuals.
A regular attendee of regional meetings, conferences and trainings, Mr. O’Keefe stepped forward to serve PSBA as a member of the By-Laws Committee in 2013. That same year he was also elected to the governing board, and has chaired several committees including the Executive Director Evaluation, the Governing Board Self-Evaluation and the Non-School District Entity committees.
Mr. O’Keefe has demonstrated his leadership at the local board level by serving three terms as board president, two terms as vice president and six terms as treasurer. He has represented his board to the local CTC for more than eight years and currently serves as vice president. In 2015, Mr. O’Keefe was elected to the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Board of Directors.
An active community member, Mr. O’Keefe is deeply committed to making his neighborhood a better place to live and work. He is a graduate of the FBI Citizens’ Academy and a previous president and Board of Governors member of a regional 501(c) 3 organization.
In addition, Mr. O’Keefe has worked with the youth of his community, volunteering for many years as a one-one companion and tutor at a home for disadvantaged youth. He co-founded an elementary school drama club and served as a consultant during the organization of another drama club at a second elementary school. Mr. O’Keefe has been an educator within his church’s educational program and served on the organization’s planning committee for the annual festival for 12 years.
An accomplished professional, Mr. O’Keefe holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and has held leadership roles as a project manager and purchasing manager for several companies in the Pittsburgh region.
As a member of the PSBA Governing Board, Mr. O’Keefe has had the opportunity to significantly improve services to members, increase membership value and enhance the educational component of the organization. In the next three years, he would sustain the momentum, support future possibilities and bring the work completed in the past to its full fruition.
Mr. O’Keefe’s goal is to insure that PSBA remains strong for future generations of board members. He believes that improving PSBA’s ability to serve a greater number of members will permit board directors to better serve their districts and constituents.
PSBA takes on policy challenges, such as funding cuts, mandates and the unequal playing field with charter schools, on behalf of the members. In addition, PSBA accepts the challenge of preparing board members to serve their districts in an effective and efficient manner.
As a member Governing Board, Mr. O’Keefe will apply his diverse background in planning, organizing, analyzing and achieving to increase the value of PSBA to every school director – as a resource for training, research and advocacy.