of partners say that Allies met or exceeded their objectives as an apprentice.


of partner organization are better positioned to carry out their mission as a result of Ally capacity building!

2021-2022 Executive Allies

These Public Allies are serving their 2nd term. They are living their values! Their continued dedication to the community through their work sets them apart!

Qian Dubay

Qian Dubay is a visual artist who’s passions lie in environmental justice and food access.

Currently, they are in their second year of service at Public Allies where they work as a teacher’s aide in the Edible SchoolYard at the Environmental Charter School. There they collaborate with staff to create reusable teaching materials, document lesson plans and incorporate art into the environmental curriculum.

Over the course of their placement, Qian has initiated several school wide creative projects. Their latest work, the Woodland Night Installation, spans 4 walls and includes a variety of tactile fabrics and mediums to create an interactive environment for students to utilize sensory stimulation. The room will serve as a cool down space for students as well as a space for the school psychologist to facilitate healing dialogue. In their first year of service, they orchestrated a 100 person mural project depicting a forest scene. Student’s were tasked to paint indigenous species native to Southwestern, Pennsylvania. In the future, Qian aspires to continue to teach and orchestrate healing spaces utilizing art.

Lucia Jacobs

Lucia Jacobs was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She studied translation and interpretation at Lima Institute of Technical Studies(LITS) and has been residing in the US since 2019. Her career journey eventually led Lucia to CORO/Public Allies where Lucia found a home from which to help others and their community.

Lucia currently serves as a Case Manager at the Latino Community Center, working with Latinx families. Her role is to support and empower families to achieve their goals while helping them in times of need and connecting them to appropriate services.

In her free time, Lucia enjoys dancing to Latin music and spending time with her husband.

Jorge Alvarez

Jorge Armando Alvarez is an Executive Ally at Public Allies Pittsburgh. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.A. in Professional Writing, where he studied rhetoric, graphic design and communications. Before Public Allies, he was a Field Organizer in a successful campaign to elect two state representatives in Allegheny County. Before that, he registered hundreds of new voters in Orlando, Florida through a mass grassroots effort in 2019.

Currently, Jorge serves at the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) as their Outreach Associate. There, he manages the social media accounts of WGF and amplifies social media posts of the Foundation’s policy, nonprofit and community partners. As the son of proud Mexican immigrant parents, Jorge aims his career to working with BIPOC and First-Gen communities for educational equity and justice.

Kai Koehler

malachiah koehler (she/they), most often referred to as kai, is a change facilitator. Their self-identified purpose is to empower themself and others to make change through advocating for critical thinking and sustainable action. She does this work in multiple capacities: as the owner of a business entity, cultivate with kai, LLC, within local nonprofits and organizations, and through deep, personal connections.

kai believes that understanding multiple systems (of oppression) is vital in social impact work, as they are connected and enable one another. She has studied criminology, focusing on the impact of incarceration; political science; psychology; refugee and immigrant rights; Spanish; trauma-informed care; workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion; and yoga.

When not working, kai prioritizes rest and rejuvenation.

If you are

  • Passionate about social justice
  • Dedicated to making a positive impact in local communities
  • Interested in a career in nonprofit management
  • Looking to grow as a leader

Here’s why, our 10-month Americorps program, Public Allies Pittsburgh, is the right fit for you.

What You’ll Do: For 10 months (September-July), you will join a diverse cohort of emerging leaders. We’ll immerse you deep into the dynamics of leadership, nonprofit management, and social change. 

You will explore the nonprofit sector and work alongside Pittsburgh’s top community leaders to accomplish your most important work yet.

Our program experience includes

  • Full-time Placement At A Local Nonprofit
  • Weekly Training
  • Monthly Coaching
  • Team Service Projects
  • Networking Opportunities
  • $1700 Monthly Stipend
  • $6345 Toward College or Student Loans
  • Optional Healthcare, SNAP and Childcare Assistance 

Join A Collective Of Allies That Have Served At 100+ Organizations Such As:

  • Carlow University Social Justice Institutes
  • The Oasis Project
  • YouthPlaces
  • Allegheny Partners For Out of School Time 
  • The Heinz Endowments 
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Urbankind Institute
  • Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern PA
  • Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank
  • Neighborhood Legal Services
  • The Forbes Funds
  • New Voices For Reproductive Justice
  • Reading Is FUNdamental
  • Kelly Strayhorn Theatre
  • Homewood Children’s Village
  • Friendship Circle
  • Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group

What You will Gain: With experiential training, high-level connections, and tailored coaching along the way, we will make sure you have exactly what YOU need to sustain a fulfilling and impactful career leading change.

Success After Public Allies Pittsburgh 

Our alumni go on to work at amazing places such as:

  • City of Pittsburgh
  • The Heinz Endowments
  • Pittsburgh Cares
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • The Forbes Funds

Our alumni earn degrees at universities including:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Point Park University
  • Carlow University
  • Chatham University
  • CCAC


  • GED or higher by program start 
  • Passion for civic engagement & working with diverse communities.
  • An exceptionally strong work ethic
  • Excellent relationship-building skills & ability to work effectively in a team-based environment
  • Eligibility to work in the US

Additional Program Perks:

  • $1700 monthly stipend (based on need)
  • $6395 towards college or student loans
  • Healthcare, SNAP, and childcare assistance

Decision Process:

  • Complete an Application: Essay, Resume, 2 Recommendations
  • Participate In Virtual Interviews With Our Staff & Partners
  • Accept Offer To Participate
  • Submit Eligibility Documents
  • Start Program

To Apply: Visit https://publicallies.org/be-an-ally/

Deadline: August 15, 2022

Question/Comments: contact Sarah Boal, Director of Commonwealth Programs sboal@coropittsburgh.org

2019-2020 First Year Allies

Charis Alton

Placement: Homewood Children’s Village

Michael Bowers

Placement: Steel Center for Carers and Technical Education

Akiliann Bray

Placement: Carlow University Social Justice Institutes

Diane Brown

Placement: Fair Housing Partnership of Pittsburgh

Tayla Coulverson

Placement: YouthPlaces

Dana Crawford

Placement: Neighborhood Legal Services

Roddetta Drane

Placement: Allegheny Family Network North

Will Emanuel

Placement: Bible Center Church

Jessica Friss

Placement: Chatham University Center for Women & Politics

Jeremy Goldstein

Placement: Scenic Pittsburgh

Austin Hackman

Placement: Center that CARES

Miona Harvey
Reading Is Fundamental

Carolyn Hunter

Placement: Hope Academy

James Jenkins

Placement: The Education Partnership

Sarah Kanar

Placement: Hazelwood Initiative

Leanna Lyle

Placement: Youthplaces

Robert Marks

Placement: InvolveMINT

David Mitchell

Placement: Computer Reach

Destiny Perkins
Placement: City of Pittsburgh

Billie Jo Richardson
Placement: Bible Center Church

Fernando Soriano
Placement: Housing Authority of Pittsburgh

Brianna Stalder
Placement: Apraxia’s Kids

Cascade Walsh
Placement: Reading Is FUNdamental

Stephanie Wright
Placement: Homewood-Brushton YMCA

2019-2020 Executive Allies

Hannah Berg
Placement: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Azia Bey
Placement: Homewood Children’s Village

Rachel Hermes
Placement: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Michael Keefe
Placement: Just Harvest

Rashawna Richards
Placement: Neighborhood Learning Alliance

David Shoemaker
Placement: YMCA Lighthouse


Public Allies Pittsburgh
26 S. 27th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Sarah Boal
Director of Commonwealth Programs



Public Allies Pittsburgh Meets KEYS Service Corps

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