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


Ashley Brooks
Propel Schools
Kyara Blackwell
APOST - United Way
Duane Binion
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Ahimsa Shakti
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Varun Viswanathan
Fair Housing Partnership
Ashley Chan
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Jeffrey Holmes
Family Services of Western PA - IVC
Sarah Miller
University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development
Liberty Gaither
Holy Family Institute
Leah Scott
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Eric Sonnet
APOST - United Way
Paul Sparico
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Rebecca Lobley
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Brendan Gambrell
Reading is FUNdamental
Rose Smiechowski
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Norlex Belma
Neighborhood Learning Alliance
Maurice Speaks
Three Rivers Water Keeper
Hannah Yu
Girl Scouts of Western PA
Pittsburgh Parks.Conservancy
Reading is FUNdamental
Clara Kim
APOST - United Way
Meghan Dillie
Executive Ally
Linda Kuster
Executive Ally
YWCA of Greater PIttsburgh
Brittany Reno
Executive Ally
YouthWorks, a Program of  Goodwill
Bailey Warren
Executive Ally
   Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy  

Ericka Shelton
YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Ashley James
YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Jake Meyers Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank









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Erricka Hager Goodwill of Southwestern PA


 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!



APOST, United Way of Allegheny County Propel Schools
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh Reading is FUNdamental
Fair Housing Partnership Three Rivers Waterkeeper
Family Services of SWPA - IVC TRI-County Patriots for Independent Living
Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh - Office of Child Development
Goodwill Services of SWPA Youth Works, Inc.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank  YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Holy Family Institute YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Kelly-Strayhorn Theater 
Neighborhood Learning Alliance





Jessica Ruffin, Site Director




Branden Ballard, Manager of Recruitment




Sarah Collier, Training and Learning Manager




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