Mr. Shields is the principal in Harold C. Shields HR Consulting LLC. He is a member of the Council of Trustees at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, from which he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. A career human resources professional, he previously was human resources director of Global Business Services and HR director of Pittsburgh Resource Units for Alcoa for 28 years until retiring in 2009. He also worked for the Opportunities Industrialization Center in Erie, a self-help program founded by the late Leon H. Sullivan, as well as for Bucyrus-Erie and WICU-TV in Erie. He has served as a member of the Edinboro University Foundation Board of Directors and the Edinboro University Alumni Association Board of Directors. His other civic efforts include serving as board president of Three Rivers Youth and as a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Pittsburgh. He was the first African-American elected to the Erie School Board and served a term as president. He previously served on the Board of Governors from 2009 to 2013.