We are excited to reintroduce our 2019-20 Public Allies Pittsburgh class as program graduates! 

Over the past 10 months, these 25 exemplary individuals:

  • Completed 50,000+ hours of service to Pittsburgh-area nonprofits and communities
  • Implemented 3 capacity-building projects in Braddock, East Liberty, and Elliot
  • Earned $145,000+ in Ed Segal Education Awards

With the completion of their term, the class of 2020 joins a national alumni network of 2500+ local & national changemakers.

Continue reading to learn more about our recent graduates, their placements, and how you can host an incoming Public Ally at your organization. 

2019-20 First Year Allies:

Charis Alton, Homewood Children’s Village 

Michael Bowers, Steel Center for Careers and Technical Education

Akiliann Bray, Carlow University Social Justice Institutes

Tayla Coulverson, YouthPlaces

Dana Crawford, Neighborhood Legal Services

Rodetta Drane, Allegheny Family Network

Will Emanuel, Bible Center Church

Jessica Friss, Chatham University Center for Women & Politics

Jeremy Goldstein, Scenic Pittsburgh

Austin Hackman, Center that CARES

Miona Harvey, Reading is Fundamental

Carloyn Hunter, HOPE Academy/Brashear Association

James Jenkins, The Education Partnership

Sarah Kanar, Hazelwood Initiative

Leanna Lyle, YouthPlaces

Robert Marks, InvolveMINT

David Mitchell, Computer Reach

Destiny Perkins, City of Pittsburgh

Tayla Coulverson, YouthPlaces

Billie Jo Richardson, Bible Center Church

Brianna Stalder, Apraxia Kids

Cascade Walsh, Reading is Fundamental

2019-20 Executives Allies:

Hannah Berg, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Rachel Hermes, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Michael Keefe, Just Harvest

David Shoemaker, Homewood-Brushton YMCA


In addition to graduating, the following Allies have been voted recipients of the 2020 Core Values Awards by their peers.

2020 Collaboration Award: Jessica Friss

2020 Continuous Learning Award: Leanna Lyle

2020 Focus on Assets Award: David Mitchell

2020 Integrity Award: Jessica Friss

About Public Allies Pittsburgh:

Public Allies Pittsburgh is a full-time, 10-month nonprofit apprenticeship program that immerses participants in the nonprofit-sector. Allies are matched with nonprofits where they manage programs, projects, and outreach efforts. In turn, Allies receive coaching, training, and learn how to utilize local assets to create positive change within organizations and communities.

Host an Ally At Your Organization:Click here to learn how one (or more) our 30 incoming Public Allies can benefit your nonprofit.