Meet Our Board

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

Marita Garrett

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Founder, President - Civically, Inc

Mayor – Borough of Wilkinsburg

Co-Host - Shattered Glass Podcast
Co-Founder – Women for the Future PAC


B.A., Psychology - University of Pittsburgh
M.A. Psychology - Chatham University

Bhavvini Patel

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Founder, Alliance for South Asians - 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 

Jose Diaz

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Main Street Manager - Castle Shannon Borough Community


Specializes in event management, web development, database administration, and fundraising..  

A.S., Information Technology
Community College of Allegheny County

US Air Force veteran and honor graduate - Defense Information School  Ft. Meade, MD.

Christa Ross

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Real Estate Agent - RE/MAX Select Realty 

Specializes servicing real estate needs for community development organizations,

Marketing Expert - Green and Energy efficient homes for home sellers. 


Member of ReEnergize Pittsburgh,
working to improve energy efficiency of homes in the Pittsburgh area

degree Communications &Graphic Design, 
Ohio University

Anna Archer

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Former Events Coordinator - Heinz History Center

Board Member, Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh

Board Member - Repair the World: Pittsburgh


Fellow - New Leaders Council, Pittsburgh Chapter

B.A., Urban Studies - focus in Community Organization, University of Pittsburgh

Certificates - Public & Professional Writing, and African Studies

Alexis T. Russell

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Project Manager, 
Kadesh Construction Group, LLC,Pittsburgh

Owner, Director of Business Development Russell General Contracting, LLC.
Focus on renovation and rehabilitation of both residential and commercial spaces

B.S.  Science in Architecture, Temple University

Masters, Organizational Leadership & Development South University, Savannah, GA


Itha Cao

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Policy Analyst- Financial & Digital Inclusion

City of Pittsburgh, Office of Mayor William Peduto

Owner, Chef - The Hungry Cao, LLC
Provides authentic, gourmet Chinese & globally-inspired night markets, cook-a-longs, and unique food tastings for small events and private dinner experiences

 GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh

Miranda Micire

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

Student Executive Council - School of Social work

Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor

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


Free Store Wilkinsburg location:

619 Penn Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221