At Public Allies Pittsburgh, we believe changing times call for a new kind of leadership. Since 2006, we’ve worked with young leaders to impact Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. Allies are young, diverse, and passionate social change makers who support community projects in partnership with hundreds of local nonprofit organizations. Our partnership with the Coro Center for Civic Leadership enhances the depth and breath of our leadership curriculum and furthers the mission of Public Allies in strenghtening individuals, organizations and communities.


Our Allies change their lives and our community through a rigorous AmeriCorps program that combines full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofits with intensive skills training, active community-building projects, personalized coaching, and critical reflection. We provide all of this through a nationally recognized approach that’s rooted in a practice of values.


Allies are diverse, talented, and passionate. We welcome all backgrounds and experience levels to apply to serve the Pittsburgh region. Public Allies strives to have an inclusive class that includes members of all communities, regardless of race, affiliation, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability.


Meet The Allies



First Year Allies

Alex Knapp

Alexis DeRiso 

Aloma Dunning

Angela Choi

Catlyn Brooke

Dean Richards

Emily Voelker

Felecia Brown

Gregory Shelton

India Brown

Jude Ess

Keri Rouse

Kristin Vermilya

Mallory Womble

Megan Loftus

Rachel Martone

Raenelle Lowery

Ryan Ricarte

Samone Riddle

Shana Laye

Trevor Miles




  Executive Allies

Ahimsa Shakti

Ashley Brooks

Ashley Chan

Ericka Shelton

Erricka Hager

Hannah Yu

Jeffrey Holmes

Leah Scott

Norlex Belma

Rebecca Lobley

Sarah Miller






Allegheny Land Trust  

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

 Pittsburgh Cares

 United Way of Allegheny County

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Coro Pittsburgh

Homewood Children's Village

 Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

 University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development

 YWCA Greater Pittsburgh 

Fair Housing Partnership of Pittsburgh  

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

 Propel Schools

UPMC - Birth Circle


Family Services of Western PA

New Voices Pittsburgh

 Reading is FUNdamental

 UPMC - Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Goodwill Southwestern Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

 Strong Women Strong Girls

 Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh


 How you can become a part of Public Allies Pittsburgh:


Become an Ally. If you have a long-term interest in service, are interested in advancing your leadership skills and want to become a part of an extraordinary network of support, please consider applying for the program. You can find more information here or contact BrandenB@publicallies.org with questions.


Be a Partner. If you or your organization would like to benefit from the opportunity to engage with the Allies or build and expand the organizational capacity, please visit our partnership development guide to express interest in hosting an Ally and exploring other ways to partner with the program.


Volunteer. We welcome anyone who would like to support us. Can you help connect us to partner organizations? Help up find new pipelines for Ally Applications? Help us develop relationships with funders? Host fundraising events? Suggest how Public Allies can support our community? Contact us to express interest!



Jessica Ruffin, Site Director




Branden Ballard, Manager of Recruitment




Sarah Collier, Training and Learning Manager




Jamillia Kamara, Training and Learning Manager




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