Meet our Board of Directors

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

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MARITA GARRETT

Founder / President

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

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ANNA ARCHER

Board Member

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

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BHAVINI PATEL

Board Member

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

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JOSE DIAZ

Chair

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.

 

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ALEXIS T. RUSSELL 

Vice Chair

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

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CHRISTA ROSS

Board Member

Christa has over 10 years as a real estate agent with RE/MAX Select Realty in the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh’s East End and East Suburbs. She specializes in working with Community Development organizations servicing their real estate needs, Green and Energy efficient homes and as a marketing expert for home sellers. 

 

Christa is a member of ReEnergize Pittsburgh, working to improve energy efficiency of homes in the Pittsburgh area and has a degree from Ohio University in Communications and Graphic Design

 

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MIRANDA MICIRE

Secretary / Treasurer

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

 

 

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ITHA CAO

Board Member

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.

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Free Store Wilkinsburg location:

619 Penn Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

www.freestorewilkinsburg.org

Mailing address:
P..O. Box  8849 
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221 

412.727.1970   

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