Chris Shorter, MPA '04, will serve as the 2021 Roscoe Robinson Lecture guest speaker. He currently serves as the City Administrator for City of Baltimore, the city's first chief administrative officer. Shorter’s responsibilities include managing Baltimore’s city government daily.

He previously worked as an assistant city manager in Austin, Texas where he led departments that encompassed health, the environment, culture and adult continuing education. He also worked extensively in Washington, DC in leading roles with public agencies. He was director of the public works department under D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Prior to leading public works, Shorter served as the chief operating officer for the health department. He worked as a deputy director for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. In addition, Shorter worked in the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services as a special assistant to the chief administrative officer and chief of staff.

Before working for the DC government, he was senior operations manager of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Prior to that, Shorter was senior management analyst for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

The Roscoe Robinson Jr. Memorial Lecture recognizes the late Roscoe Robinson’s impact on diversity in public service and the U.S. military. A Pitt alumnus, Robinson (GSPIA ’64) was the first African American four-star general in the U.S. Army.