More than ever, revitalizing communities requires collaboration across the government, business, and non-profit sectors. With a growing interest in tapping the expertise, resources, and authority of various sectors, organizational leaders are discovering that inter-sector collaboration is complex and challenging. Each sector operates with its own values, language, and culture.


The Coro Executive Fellowships include both one- and two-year, full-time, advanced leadership training opportunities for the most promising graduates of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and Public Allies Pittsburgh.


The Coro Executive Fellowships have three main parts:

1. Host employment: The Fellow will be placed in a full-time professional position with a partner organization.

2. Learning cohort: The Fellow will participate in a cohort of at least two other Executive Coro Fellows, but as many as four Executive Fellows who will be placed in other organizations. Fellows will form a self-governing, continuous learning community, meeting every other week (by phone or in person) for intensive study, application, and testing of critical concepts in leadership and intersector collaboration. The Fellow will learn to apply the concepts of intersector leadership and to teach other people, including other Coro participants. The cohort will convene the first week of October, 2015.

3. Intersector collaboration: In the context of the professional placements, the Fellow will periodically present ideas to partners for intersector collaborations. Partners will evaluate and give feedback based on how efficiently the proposed collaboration can help achieve their strategic goals. Intersector projects serve as case studies for reflection, learning, and teaching others.


In December 2015, we convened our inaugural cohort of Executive Fellows. Check back with us later to learn more about what they say about their experience!


Coro-Fellow-Shikha-200x300Shikha Jerath
Neighborhood Allies Community Leadership Fellow

Shikha is a Coro of Public Affairs Alum of the 2013-2014 class. She holds a Masters in Instruction and Curriculum from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory Goizueta Business School in Atlanta GA.

Shikha is responsible for identifying, engaging, and empowering local leaders in distressed, transitional neighborhoods as the Community Leadership Fellow at Neighborhood Allies. As Leadership Fellow, Shikha works with community-based organizations to understand leadership needs and connect leaders to resources that help them engage their communities and more effectively impact the investments that affect them. She is also responsible for the ongoing coordination and development of our Community Leadership Forum, a body of grassroots leaders representing Neighborhood Allies’ communities of focus who work to share and transform their ideas into projects for the improvement of their communities.

She brings experience in the development process of new community initiatives similar to the Forum, having led a pilot project and conducted primary and best practice research to substantiate particular structures and approaches. In addition to development, Her work in measuring the social impact of loans helped her learn ways to not only paint a picture of impact and non-impact but also create a system for feedback that informs future action and strategy. At Neighborhood Allies, Shikha is excited to create and innovate in her new role and constantly find ways to better help the neighborhoods and city she loves!


ryan-ricarte-300x300Ryan Ricarte
BNY Mellon Foundation Fellow

Ryan is a Public Allies Pittsburgh Alum of the 2014-2015 class. He was placed at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, where he served as Programming Assistant. During his fellowship with Public Allies, he engaged in a team service project that tackled the community issues of Pittsburgh’s North Oakland neighborhood. Ryan is from Plainfield, NJ, but has lived in Pittsburgh for the past 5 years. Ryan studied at the University of Pittsburgh from 2010-14 and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Psychology, a Minor in Theatre Arts, and a Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

The Coro BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania Fellowship is designed to prepare diverse, innovation-minded next generation leaders for careers in philanthropy. The Fellowship seeks to change the face of leadership in philanthropy and to infuse new ideas and viewpoints into the field. As a Coro Executive Fellow at BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern PA, Ryan is responsible for organizing foundation committee and board meetings, researching best practices for the foundation’s focus areas, conducting due diligence and evaluating the impact of grants, and providing continuity with long-term grantees and grant pipelines.

Through this position Ryan hopes to build on the professional and personal growth he gained at Public Allies Pittsburgh last year. He also welcomes the challenge of learning how to thrive in a corporate environment, and is genuinely curious about how organizations establish and maintain relationships with the philanthropic community.

Kristin-Vermilya1-300x300Kristin Vermilya
United Way Fellow

Kristin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 with a B.A. in English Literature and B.A. in Fiction Writing and then promptly found a job doing neither of those things. After finishing a year in the 2014-2015 cohort of Public Allies Pittsburgh where she was placed at the YWCA Homewood-Brushton, Kristin took her nonprofit experience to United Way of Allegheny County, where she currently works in the Volunteer Initiatives department. The Coro Executive Fellowship program not only placed Kristin with United Way, it is enabling her and her co-fellows to create a catalytic project examining intersector collaboration in the city of Pittsburgh. Kristin’s experience in Coro and in Public Allies Pittsburgh has molded her into a leader aware of the diverse dynamics in her city and has given her confidence to combine her passions with work that needs to be done in the community.


There are currently no position openings for the Coro Executive Fellowship. Check back with us again.


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