Michael Lamb is a dedicated public servant, devoted to the city that his family has called home for more than four generations. As an elected official, Michael is committed to making local government more transparent, efficient, and effective, balancing bold leadership with humble accountability, and striving to uphold the personal and fiscal integrity that this city’s voters expect and deserve from their government officials.
Michael has served as City Controller since 2007 working to foster greater efficiency and transparency at all levels of local government. Audits performed by the Controller’s office have exposed waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars in many city departments, and have led to more honest and efficient interaction between city officials and the citizens they serve. Michael also created Open Book Pittsburgh, a website that allows citizens to search and view all city contracts, campaign contributions, and expenditures by candidates seeking local office.
As Prothonotary of Allegheny County, Michael made the office a model of efficiency, transforming an antiquated system into the most technologically advanced court-recording office in Pennsylvania. He significantly reduced the office’s budget, cut staff by 50%, and returned millions of surplus dollars to taxpayers. In 2005, Michael demonstrated his willingness to put the city’s interests above his own, becoming a vocal advocate for the elimination of his own office as part of a row-office reform plan estimated to save the county $770,000 per year.
In addition to being City Controller, Michael is active in the community, serving on the boards of the Kane Foundation, the Catholic Youth Association, the Downtown Pittsburgh YMCA and the 3 Rivers Wet Weather Demonstration Project. He is a member of the Mount Washington – Duquesne Heights Community Development Corporation, and the Board of Fellows of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics. Michael was also the founding co-chair of A Plus Schools, the community alliance for Pittsburgh Public education.
Michael received his Juris Doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law, his Master’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz School of Public Policy and his Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University. Lamb is also a graduate of the Local Government Academy.
The grandson of Irish immigrants, Michael grew up on Gladys Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood, just a few blocks from the house his grandfather built in 1916. Michael first learned the value of public service from his father, Tom Lamb, a native of Elliot who, after serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII, went on to serve two terms in the Pennsylvania State House and two terms in the State Senate. Michael attended St. Catherine’s School, South Hills Catholic and Seton LaSalle High School. Michael lives in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife Jill.