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Meet our Board of Directors
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Partner / Lead Outreach Consultant - Admintrinsic

Founder - Civically, Inc. (Free Store Wilkinsburg,  Wilkinsburg Community Conversations, Fresh Market Wilkinsburg)

Mayor – Borough of Wilkinsburg 

Co-Host - Shattered Glass Podcast

Co-Founder – Women for the Future PAC


 

Program Trainer - Coro Pittsburgh’s Women in Leadership,                     2016-2018

B.A., Psychology - University of Pittsburgh

M.A. Psychology - Chatham University

Founder / President

MARITA GARRETT

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Project Manager - Policy, Grounded Strategies
a local nonprofit working to improve the social, economic, and environmental health of distressed and transitional communities by building capacity to reclaim vacant and underutilized land. Anna's work focuses on preventative maintenance and community stewardship to help turn land use liabilities into assets.


Serves on the Clean Pittsburgh Commission and Vacant Property Working Group.

 

B.A., Environmental Studies and Public Policy, University of Kansas

M.P.A., Indiana University - Bloomington

Board Member

ANNA ARCHER

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MPP - Legislation & Public Policy Professional Policy Analyst –
            City of Pittsburgh

CMU Otto A. Davis Award for social justice and racial equality

Wheaton College Massachusetts

Fulbright Scholarship Alumna - Pittsburgh Chapter of the New Leaders Council Leadership Board Mentor - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh.

B.A., Sociology, Political Science - Carnegie Mellon University - H. John Heinz III College M.S., Public Policy & Management - Carnegie Mellon University - H. John Heinz III College

Secretary

LINDSAY POWELL

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Policy Analyst- Financial & Digital Inclusion

City of Pittsburgh, Office of Mayor William Peduto

Owner, Chef - The Hungry Cao, LLC

Hailing from State College (Go State!) Pennsylvania, she moved to Pittsburgh for graduate school at GSPIA and graduated in 2015 and has worked in and around local government ever since.

In line with advancing equity and starting conversations around race and social justice, Itha through her private food business, The Hungry Cao provides authentic, gourmet Chinese & globally-inspired night markets, cook-a-longs, and unique food tastings for small events and private dinner experiences.  Her mission is to open minds to new flavors, and start conversations about culture, diversity and information exchange in our global world. Proceeds from The Hungry Cao are donated regularly to local and international charitable efforts.

Board Member

ITHA CAO

Civically, Inc. has a dedicated and resourceful Board of Directors committed to executing our mission and positively impacting our community.

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Founder, Alliance for South Asians in Pittsburgh

B.A. Philosophy, International Area Studies, and Sociology -
                              University of Pittsburgh, Summa Cum Laude and
                               Phi Beta Kappa

MPhil, International Relations - University of Oxford, London, UK                                                                    (completion 2019)

BHAVINI PATEL

Board Member

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Director, Hope For All and Y Achievers Programs - YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. Hope For All aims to connect households to appropriate resources, ranging from SNAP benefits and housing support to utility assistance; Y Achievers is a college- and career-readiness program for middle- and high-school students.

10+ years experience in Pittsburgh's nonprofit sector. Since his days as a community organizer in the Hill District, Jose has been intimately aware of the issues facing the region's most vulnerable.

 

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Jose earned his master and bachelor degrees in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jose also sits on the boards of two other local nonprofits.

 

JOSE DIAZ

Board Member

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Project Manager, Kadesh Construction Group, LLC (Pittsburgh, PA)


Owner, Director of Business Development Russell General Contracting, LLC. 
Founded a small General Contracting company focused on renovation and rehabilitation of both residential and commercial spaces. Achieved a series of increasingly progressive milestones with commercial clients based on strong financial, operating, and team Leadership performance. Currently manage subcontractors and clients in Pittsburgh and surrounding region.

 

Masters, Organizational Leadership & Development - South University
Savannah, GA
B.S.  Science in Architecture, Temple University, Tyler School of Art

ALEXIS T. RUSSELL 

Board Member

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Bio coming ...
 

 

CHRISTA ROSS

Board Member

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Graduate Student Intern,  Research for Equity and Power Project
a partnership between Homewood Children's Village and the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work.


MSW, University of Pittsburgh - School of Social Work
MPA, University of Pittsburgh - GSPIA 

 - Serves on Student Executive Council of the School of Social work
 - Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor

 

 

MIRANDA MICIRE

Board Member

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Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consultant, currently working with Neighborhood Allies on Strategy and Resource Development. I help non- and for-profits develop sustainable business plans around social products and services. Previously worked with YWCA, Bosch North America.

Founder, Pittsburgh Financial Counseling Cohort, this year has 15 financial counselors who will serve lower-income Pittsburghers upon accreditation.

 

Proud Wilkinsburg resident!

 

MS Public Policy Management, Carnegie Mellon University (expected 12/2019)

 

MA History, Central European University

BA International Affairs, American University

Certificate in Financial Planning, Emory University (expected 12/2019)

VANESSA BUFFRY

Board Member