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Our lives begin to end

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that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr. coro center for civic leadership 2014 - 2015 coro fellows in public affairs graduation hosanna house thursday, may 14, 2015


AGENDA 5:30 pm Guests arrive & register. 5:30 - 6:00 pm Light dinner. 6:00 - 8:00 pm Graduation program.

2014 - 2015 CORO FELLOWS IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Berenise Bermudez Page 3 Flavia A. Bleahu Page 4 Kenny Chen Page 5 Andrea Elcock Page 6 Alex Wallach Hanson Page 7 Aaron King Page 8 Patrice L. McKenzie Page 9 John Chilton McAuliff Page 10 Prisca Akello Ohito Page 11 Ruth Spurlock Kim Page 12 Ryann Tanap Page 13 Nenha Young Page 14

ABOUT CORO PITTSBURGH

Coro Pittsburgh is a comprehensive program for leadership enhancement and a community of over 1500 alumni who are committed to building diverse, inclusive and thriving communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our mission is to advance ethical and effective leaders who share a commitment to civic engagement. We are building a pipeline of leaders to foster collaboration within and across the region’s business, government and nonprofit sectors. For more information on how to get involved with the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, contact Michael Sider-Rose, Senior Director of Programs & Learning Development at: msider-rose@coropittsburgh.org or 412-258-2672

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The Coro Fellows in Public Affairs would like to thank... 10,000 Friends ACTION-Housing, Inc. Allegheny County Facilities Management Department Best of the Batch Foundation Borough of Wilkinsburg Bridgeway Capital Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Office of Programs and Partnerships Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Special Events City of Asylum City of Pittsburgh, Office of the Mayor Crisis Center North FOCUS+ Pittsburgh HEARTH - Traditional Housing for Women Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti Hosanna House Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Keystone Research Center  McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation Neighborhood Allies Neighborhood Learning Alliance Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group Pittsburgh Cultural Trust  Pittsburgh UNITED Port Authority of Allegheny County  Richard King Mellon Foundation The Design Center The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh - University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation ... for all of their cooperation and support this year.

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BERENISE BERMUDEZ Hometown: Highland, California Education: Bachelor of Art in Political Science and Bachelor’s of Art in Ethnic Studies, The University of California, San Diego Berenise Bermudez is a first generation Mexican-American who was born in Anaheim, CA and raised in Highland, CA. Growing up, she witnessed her community face many hardships such as mass incarceration, high deportation rate, and low high school graduation rates. As a result, Berenise became passionately determined to learn about social justice and how to create change in poor communities of color. As an undergraduate, Berenise served as an investigative assistant at the San Diego Primary Public Defenders Office, an intern for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH), and the Know Your Rights Coordinator at ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. Berenise plans to pursue a law degree and become a civil rights attorney.

FELLOWSHIP PROJECTS WHAT’S NEXT?

Berenise is returning to Southern California and will be seeking opportunities there.

SPECIAL THANKS

• Yvette Shipman, Neighborhood Learning Alliance • Rachel Zadnik, University of Pittsburgh Office of PittServes • Dana Gold, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania

• Keystone Research Center • Neighborhood Learning Alliance • The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Coordinator of Girls Mentoring Program for Neighborhood Learning Alliance

CONTACT

berenise.bermudez@gmail.com www.linkedin.com/pub/berenise-bermudez/8a/b58/96b 909-269-5758

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ENERGETIC. PASSIONATE. EMPATHETIC.


FLAVIA A. BLEAHU Hometown: Canfield, Ohio Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, The University of Pittsburgh After graduating with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010, Flavia Bleahu shifted her attention to nonprofits. For the past four years, she has devoted herself to public service, including serving two terms with KEYS Service Corps, an AmeriCorps State and National Program. Throughout this time, Flavia has successfully secured funding for several grant proposals, mentored and tutored dozens of youth, and led several community-based service projects (including a volunteer urban gardening project in Granada, Nicaragua). Flavia’s future aspirations lie in pursuing a degree in Public Policy after her completion of the Coro program.

FELLOWSHIP PROJECTS

WHAT’S NEXT?

Flavia will work full-time as the Assistant Program Coordinator of the Braddock Youth Project until she begins the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College this fall.

CONTACT

fbleahu@gmail.com www.linkedin.com/in/fbleahu 330.507.2702

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• North Hills Nonprofit Consortium • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Office of Programs and Partnerships • Allegheny County Facilities Management Department • McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Volunteer at the Braddock Youth Project

SPECIAL THANKS

• Whitney Brady, Allegheny County • Grace Coleman, Executive Director at Crisis Center North • Tom Love, Outreach and Business Development at PolicyMap

C ON FI D ENC E, C ONV ERSATI ON , AN D C A T A L Y S T S .


KENNY CHEN

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, The University of California, Berkeley Kenny holds life-long passions in problem-solving and well-rounded self-education. He’s spent the last two years applying his background in social psychology toward improving educational environments throughout the US and China. He has been actively engaged with international communities involved in social innovation, nonprofits, research, and civic leadership. His goal is to effectively facilitate cross-sector collaboration in high-impact organizations by developing relevant skills and networks in a variety of fields. Kenny relishes the opportunity to learn anything new or exercise his existing interests.

FELLOWSHIP PROJECTS

• Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti • City of Pittsburgh, Department of Innovation & Performance

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES WHAT’S NEXT?

Kenny is in the process of evaluating job offers that he has received from different companies and organizations, but is open to exploring additional opportunities. In the meantime, he is pursuing funding for a startup and always on the lookout for investors or partners.

CONTACT

knnychn@gmail.com www.linkedin.com/in/knnychn 702-630-6606

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• Membership Chair of Pittsburgh Young Professionals • Partner & Board Member of Social Venture Partners Pittsburgh • “Super-Connector” at Pittsburgh Connectors • Coordinator for Open Pittsburgh • Practice Lead at Pittsburgh Taiko • Advisory Committee Member for Everydayhero

SPECIAL THANKS

• Tran Doan, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS Haiti) • Laura Meixell, City of Pittsburgh • Elizabeth Visnic, Social Venture Partners

ADAPTABLE COOPERATIVE EXCELLENCE.


ANDREA ELCOCK Hometown: Murrysville, PA Education: Bachelor of Science in Management & Community, Environment and Development, Pennsylvania State University A passionate advocate for stronger communities and better results, Andrea Elcock studied community development and management at Penn State as preparation for becoming a social leader. In 2013, Andrea employed her skills as a Team Leader for AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps. After a year serving in neighborhoods throughout the country, Andrea developed the desire to serve her own community. She is now excited to utilize her experiences in Pittsburgh, including all she learned from studying in Tanzania, leading students through the Penn State Dance Marathon, managing campus organizations, and overseeing the first year of a summer program for Pittsburgh’s teens.

FELLOWSHIP PROJECTS WHAT’S NEXT?

During her Fellowship, Andrea worked alongside several Wilkinsburg-based organizations to update progress on the community’s strategic plan. She would be able to bring that experience to a position in the future. In the short-term, Andrea will remain with the Port Authority of Allegheny County to continue with the project she began with them.

• Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation • Borough of Wilkinsburg • Hosanna House • Port Authority of Allegheny County

SPECIAL THANKS

• Tracey Evans, Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation • Breen Masciotra, Port Authority of Allegheny County

CONTACT

a.elcock89@gmail.com www.linkedin.com/aelcock

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ENGAGE. MOTIVATE. EXCEL.


ALEX WALLACH HANSON Hometown: Arlington, MA Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Tufts University Alex Wallach Hanson is a community and political organizer from Boston, MA. Prior to the Coro Fellows Program, he worked on issues of transit equity and affordability while at Community Labor United. He wrote an honors thesis on the race and class divisions in Boston’s urban development policies and the negative impact transit and housing policies have on communities of color in the metro-region. Beyond transit and housing, his work includes a focus on labor unions and environmental justice. In his spare time, Alex enjoys reading and being outdoors.

FELLOWSHIP PROJECTS

• Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group • Pittsburgh UNITED (Clean Rivers Campaign, Worker Organizing Table) • Fast Food Worker Campaign

SPECIAL THANKS WHAT’S NEXT?

Alex will begin a full-time position as a Community Organization with Pittsburgh UNITED on May 18th. He will work on their affordable housing campaign and support lowwage worker organizing. While a Fellow, Alex spent much of his time with Pittsburgh UNITED and established himself as a credible community organizer in the process, having coordinated a Day of Action that culminated with 1500-person march through Oakland.

• Chris Sandvig, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group • Bethany Davidson, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group • Barney Oursler, Pittsburgh UNITED

CONTACT

alex.wallach.hanson@gmail.com 781-799-7931

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LISTENING, BRINGING TOGETHER.


AARON KING Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona Education: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, University of Arizona Master of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh Aaron has come to Pittsburgh by way of Arizona. Spending time in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh, he has worked with the US Department of State and the University of Pittsburgh. Growing up in Detroit and Phoenix, he devoted, and continues to devote, his time to the Jewish and special-needs communities. Aaron is interested in furthering his career either with the US Foreign Service or US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

FELLOWSHIP PROJECTS

• Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, Department of Development & Modernization • City of Pittsburgh, Department of Innovation & Performance • City of Asylum

SPECIAL THANKS WHAT’S NEXT?

Over the summer, Aaron will be giving back as a volunteer with multiple organizations: NextGen:Pgh, City of Asylum for its summer programming, and as an InHome Mentor Program for Jewish Family & Children’s Services. Aaron is also open to consultant opportunities that align with his interests.

• Gwen Moorer, City of Pittsburgh, Department of Innovation & Performance • Alec Rieger, NextGen:Pgh • Michael Backman, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health

CONTACT

aking.fellow@pitt.edu www.linkedin.com/pub/aaron-king/3a/857/746 480-262-6460

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EMPATHETIC. INCLUSIVE. DRIVEN.


PATRICE L. MCKENZIE Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Morgan State University At Morgan State University, Patrice served as a Resident Assistant (2009 - 2012) and managed forty residents. She created a bi-annual program to help residents with their résumés and career development. She interned summers at Highmark (2009-2010) and at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) (2011 2012). Upon graduation Patrice obtained positions with the FDIC and AT&T. Currently, she resides in Pittsburgh and is involved in her community, church, and the Urban League for Young Professionals. Patrice’s college and professional experiences inspired her to be a leader in urban communities and educate others about their employment opportunities and career readiness.

FELLOWSHIP PROJECTS

• Allegheny County Department of Facilities Management • Bridgeway Capital • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

WHAT’S NEXT?

Patrice will continue to serve as the Civic Engagement Committee Chair for Urban League Young Professionals until July 2015. In her role, she manages a team of 6 members to plan multiple events related to politics, police brutality, community engagement, and community safety. Patrice is interested in consulting and full-time opportunities.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Civic Engagement Committee Chair for Urban League Young Professionals

CONTACT

Patrice.L.McKenzie@gmail.com www.linkedin.com/in/patricemckenzie1

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RESULTS-DRIVEN. MOTIVATIONAL. POSITIVE.


JOHN CHILTON MCAULIFF Hometown: Warrenton, VA Education: Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies at the Jepson School of Leadership, The University of Richmond John McAuliff seeks to build communities wherever he goes. In his entrepreneurial ventures, both successful and unsuccessful, he aimed to strengthen the communities he targeted. Combining a background in communications with a strong technical knowledge and a passion for improving communities, John intends to help restore the trust between Americans and their government required for us all to work together. He works with undying optimism for the belief that, in time, we can build a nation and a world where gender does not impact income, no one gets left behind by the evolving economy, and measured understanding trumps rash violence.

FELLOWSHIP PROJECTS

WHAT’S NEXT?

John will take part in the Governor’s Fellowship Program in Richmond, VA this Summer before beginning the Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management program (MSPPM) at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College this fall.

CONTACT

johncmcauliff@gmail.com www.linkedin.com/in/meetjohn 914-409-3400

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• Keystone Research Center • City of Pittsburgh, Mayor’s Office of Innovation and Performance • Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group • 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

• Audience Vote Winner at Start-up Weekend Education • Coach for Social Venture Partners

SPECIAL THANKS

• Steve Herzenberg, Keystone Research Center • Chris Sandvig, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group • Jack Machek, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania

CONNECTING POTENTIAL PARTNERS.


PRISCA AKELLO OHITO Hometown: Shoreview, Minnesota Education: Bachelor of Humanities & Arts in Public Policy and Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University Prisca Ohito is inspired to work in public affairs: her diverse upbringing, community work, and academic experiences led her to question, expand, and reconsider how she interacts with public affairs. Her interests in urban policy and design led her to attend Carnegie Mellon University for her undergraduate degree. As a student, her work on homelessness was at the intersection of how access, dignity, and individual choices are impacted by regional policymaking. Today, Prisca seeks opportunities to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities through policymaking.

FELLOWSHIP PROJECTS

• Neighborhood Allies • FOCUS Pittsburgh • University of Pittsburgh, University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) • The Design Center

WHAT’S NEXT?

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Volunteer at Assemble Interested in the intersection of policy and design, Prisca is open to and interested in consulting opportuniSPECIAL THANKS ties. • Chris Koch, The Design Center • Thor Erickson, The Design Center CONTACT • Sarah Dieleman Perry, Neighborhood prisca.ohito@gmail.com Allies www.linkedin.com/in/priscaakelloohito 412-689-9368

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PURPOSEFUL. INQUISITIVE. INSPIRED.


RUTH SPURLOCK KIM Hometown: Greensburg, PA Education: Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature, Smith College Ruth Spurlock, a native of the Pittsburgh area, graduated from Smith College in 2011. She accepted a Fulbright grant to teach English at Northern (Arctic) Federal University in Arkhangelsk, Russia, for one year following graduation. In addition to teaching there, she facilitated conversation about the differences in Russian and American culture through events and talks at the local library and at the university. She brought new communication skills back to Pittsburgh, where she worked for two years in non-profits organizations, focusing on multi-cultural programs, language teaching, and community development with refugees and with at-risk teens.

FELLOWSHIP PROJECTS

• Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, Housing Choice Voucher Program • Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group • Best of the Batch Foundation

WHAT’S NEXT?

Ruth will soon launch Miss Ruthie’s Spanish School, a summer Spanish program for Pre-K students. She will also continue to work with Best of the Batch (in some capacity) and return part-time to her previous employer, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

SPECIAL THANKS

• Kimberly Bracken, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh • Howard Kim, my husband • Esther Edith Spurlock, my sister

CONTACT

spurlockrr@gmail.com www.linkedin.com/pub/ruth-spurlock-kim/8/114/a34

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COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION.


RYANN TANAP Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA Education: Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Minor in Middle Eastern Studies, The College of William & Mary Ryann Tanap is an avid writer; her work has been published by various publications in the US, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Her blog sheds light on personal health and wellness in American society. She volunteers her time to youth in under-served communities, most recently for thirteen months in rural Thailand with Global Playground; she now serves on their board of directors. Ryann is an advocate of multicultural/diversity issues and the arts as therapy. She aspires to be a mental health professional.

FELLOWSHIP PROJECTS

• Pittsburgh Cultural Trust & Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council • McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation • National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwestern PA

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES WHAT’S NEXT?

Ryann continues to be on the lookout for consulting and full-time opportunities to exercise her passions for the arts, mental health awareness, and diversity.

CONTACT

rmtanap@gmail.com 757-636-9199

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Board of Directors for Global Playground, Inc.

SPECIAL THANKS

• Darcey Garda, NAMI Southwestern PA • Vanessa Braun, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust • Anne Mulgrave, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

RESPECT. EMPOWER. ENGAGE.


NENHA YOUNG Hometown: Englewood, NJ Education: Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies, Minor in Architecture, Cornell University Nenha Young aspires to tangibly solve complex social problems through using urban planning, policy, and design as a tool for positive change. She recently completed a fellowship in urban design at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and Women in Design Pittsburgh, to which she volunteers her time to make a national and regional impact on the built environment.

FELLOWSHIP PROJECTS

• ACTION-Housing, Inc. • Richard King Mellon Foundation

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES & ASSOCIATIONS

WHAT’S NEXT?

Nenha will soon begin work as an Urban Planner in the Division of Strategic Planning for the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning.

CONTACT

nenhayoung@gmail.com www.linkedin.com/pub/nenha-young/39/b02/675 201-220-7863

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• Volunteer STEM Teacher for Omega Psi Phi Carter G. Woodson Academy at the Kingsley Center • Manchester TreeVitalize Volunteer with Tree Pittsburgh • Member of National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) • Member of Rising Tide

SPECIAL THANKS

• Lisa Kuzma, Richard King Mellon Foundation • Mary Navarro, Mary Navarro Consulting

POSITIVE CHANGE AGENT.


SUPPORT NEXT GENERATION LEADERS The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs is a nine-month, fulltime, graduate-level leadership training program. This unique program is rigorous and demanding, preparing diverse, talented, and committed individuals to bring about change in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Using the city as a classroom, Fellows learn through interactions with private, public, and nonprofit decision-makers and work as a group to develop critical thinking, analytical, governance, and leadership skills. The Coro Center for Civic Leadership (Pittsburgh) selects 12 Fellows annually from a highly-competitive appplicant pool.

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