Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) is a group of young, active, civic-minded professionals who have a clear vision of Harrisburg’s future as a great place to live, work and play. We are part of a movement that is breathing new life into urban areas and lessening the negative impact of suburban sprawl. We also work to prevent the migration of educated young people to larger cities (often referred to as “brain drain”) and to encourage those who have left to return to the Central Pennsylvania region.


HYP Leaders - Founders and Past PresidentsIn the spring of 1998, five friends recognized the need for young professional men and women to come together and take action in the city of Harrisburg to encourage growth. The founders of HYP,  J. Alex Hartzler, Eric Morrison, John Norton, Greg Rothman and Dan Schwab.

J. Alex Hartzler, former president of HYP, explains, “Harrisburg is a city we believe is poised to experience a long overdue renaissance…The energy, enthusiasm and talent of the new members stand out as most encouraging for the city’s future.”

The organization has grown rapidly and now has over 1,000 members. For more, read the Central Penn Business Journal feature article about HYP’s Founders.


HYP serves as a catalyst in making Harrisburg a better place to live, work and play, while developing and retaining future leaders.


HYP is led by a Board of Directors, all forty years of age or younger. Within the Board, there are the offices of President, Vice-Presidents (2), Secretary and Treasurer.

HYP has nine standing committees and two administrative committees. The chairpersons of the committees are nominated by the Nominating Committee and approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The committees are:

Standing Committees

  • Arts & Culture Committee
  • City Living Committee
  • City Beautification Committee
  • Economic Development Committee
  • Marketing & Public Relations Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Outreach Committee
  • Social Committee
  • Sports Committee

Administrative Committees

  • Finance Committee
  • Nominating Committee

The HYP Board of Advisors, led by Chairperson Joe Massaro (General Manager, Hilton Harrisburg) includes representatives from local businesses such as Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, Central Penn Business Journal, Harristown Development, Members 1st Federal Credit Union, and more.