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Thomas C. Petropoulos named assistant executive director of Allegheny County Bar Association and Foundation

Published: February 2, 2024

PITTSBURGH––Thomas C. Petropoulos has been named the new Assistant Executive Director of the Allegheny County Bar Association and Allegheny County Bar Foundation. He was hired by the ACBA Board of Governors late last year and started at the ACBA on Jan. 3.
In his new role, Petropoulos will be involved in nearly every aspect of the ACBA and its charitable affiliate, the ACBF, including organizational administration, membership initiatives, event management, finance, marketing and lawyer referral efforts, among many other responsibilities. He also will oversee the ACBA’s transition to a new association management software platform in early 2024.
Petropoulos joins the ACBA from the Akron Bar Association and Akron Bar Foundation serving Summit County, Ohio, where he worked for the previous nine-plus years, holding multiple positions. Most recently, he was the Akron Bar Association’s Director of Legal Professional Development.
“I am beyond excited about not only my new role, but also my new city,” Petropoulos said. “Having worked in the bar association space for the past nine-and-a-half years, I have long been aware of the tremendous reputation that the Allegheny County Bar Association – as well as the Allegheny County Bar Foundation – have not only locally, but also across the country. It’s an honor to join the team and contribute in a meaningful way to these fantastic organizations.”
Prior to his most recent role, Petropoulos held positions as the Akron Bar’s Director of Membership, and Coordinator of Member Engagement. In conjunction to his bar association career, he held roles with Ohio Notary Services LLC, Sears Holdings Corporation and in electronic retail management.
“It was a long and thorough search process, but we are thrilled that it led us to Tom,” said ACBA President Marla Presley. “Tom has jumped right in and is busy learning the many moving parts and intricacies of our organization. We are excited to have him join our team in a very key role.”
Petropoulos holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Akron, a Master of Political Science degree from Ohio University, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and speech communication from Muskingum University (formerly College). He’s been involved in the Rotary Club of Hudson, Ohio since 2021 and plans to transfer to the Pittsburgh Rotary.
He has held volunteer roles with the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) District Number 11, AHEPA Chapter Number 63, AHEPA 63 Foundation, the Humane Society of Greater Akron, and a graduate of the Akron Police Department Citizens Academy.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Petropoulos had lived in Hudson, Ohio, for the previous 30 years. His mother is a Murrysville native, and he has family connections throughout the Pittsburgh region. He now lives in Upper St. Clair.