Coro Pittsburgh seeks to engage the next generation of diverse leaders who have a passion for working across sectors to build a stronger democracy. The Fellows program is a full-time, 9-month leadership development program that immerses participants in capacity-building projects in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Fellows learn how to navigate and create change in a variety of urban systems, including health, education, economic development, and government.



Pittsburgh Fellows are placed in nonprofit, government, labor, and business organizations. Placements typically range from 8 to 24 weeks in length (1 Project Cycle = 8 weeks), depending on the scope of the project. The final placement is secured by the Fellow and lasts 6 weeks.


Continuing after the Fellowship

Coro Pittsburgh has a partnership with Carnegie Mellon Heinz College and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Affairs and School of Social Work. Each program offers Fellows alumni scholarships towards a Masters Degree.

Alumni of the Coro Fellowship who enroll in any of the master’s programs at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy are eligible for a scholarship of a minimum of 50% of tuition per semester. Prospective students can connect with CMU today or learn more about the application process. You may also email David Eber, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at deber@cmu.edu.

Qualifications for the Fellowship

Coro selects a diverse cohort of early career individuals (21-35 years old) who have high potential to become the next generation of leaders. Fellows have the following characteristics:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A passion for civic engagement
  • An exceptionally strong work ethic
  • A desire to work within the diverse communities of Southwestern PA
  • Excellent relationship-building skills and ability to work effectively in a team-based environment

Coro Pittsburgh is particularly interested in candidates who have a long-term interest in remaining engaged in the Pittsburgh region.


Financial Information

Living stipends are based upon need; participants selected for the Pittsburgh program can receive a taxable monthly stipend up to $1,300.

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Fellows Class of 2018-2019

Nybria Ivy Acklin
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Education: Smith College

“In my time growing up in Philadelphia, I learned by doing by involving myself in a youth volunteer program with City Year for almost 5 years. My time in college, I learned by doing by interning off campus in the community at the American Friends Service Committee Western Massachusetts for almost 3 years. I am excited to be continuing my learning by doing style in a new city such as Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is big enough for me to be challenged and to meet folks from different professions and backgrounds, but small enough for me to be on my own and to learn and grow professionally. I look forward to challenging myself to be more involved regarding civic engagement and policy. I am interested in learning about Pittsburgh’s history and the societal ills within the city, as well as what makes it great. I appreciate how Coro Pittsburgh focuses on systems thinking; fellows engage in programs including ‘Civic Strategy Sessions’ and ‘Catalytic Projects.’ I am excited to be part of a fellowship that prioritizes praxis regarding systems and institutional diagnosis. I hope to grow by connecting my social justice thinking with my interest in social policy, and I look forward to being apart of Coro Pittsburgh to grow into a leader that is social-justice oriented, ethical, and assertive.”

Celina Culver
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Education: Princeton University

“After spending a few years in the Bay Area, I have seen the impact of the tech industry on a region. While the wealthy elite are thriving, and some would argue that innovation is at its peak, others are oppressed. Gentrification is an everyday, tangible occurrence. Looking at Pittsburgh, I see a city that has knows hardship and is stronger because of it. Many describe it as up-and-coming given the influx of arts, culture, and yes, technology. I believe there is opportunity in Pittsburgh to act preventatively against inequity and unite as a community to understand how technology and prosperity for some do not have to cause displacement and poverty for others. I can’t wait to move to Pittsburgh and learn deeply about what gives it life and makes it tick, and to intertwine my own passions with this new community.”

María Victoria Díaz-González
Hometown: Queens, NY
Education: Stanford University

I have never lived in Pittsburgh and am excited to be in a city where relationships matter so much. I look forward to building relationships with others and to furthering my understanding of political and community power. It will be wonderful to work with a variety of people who will inspire me to be better.

Capri S. Gaines
Hometown: Randallstown, MD
Education: University of Pittsburgh

Having completed my undergraduate degree in Pittsburgh, I became familiar with the challenges facing the city – challenges that are similar to many cities across the United States. Over the years, I have become intensely interested in understanding the complexities of governance within American cities – especially with a focus in housing and education. I am excited to have the opportunity to actively explore these complexities using Coro’s experiential learning model and work alongside other change-makers within the city.

Monique Newton
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Education: Oberlin College
Leadership Traits: Curiosity, Community, Empathy.

I am excited to fully engage and learn with the many different communities in Pittsburgh. Being in Pittsburgh allows me to be at the forefront of an ever-changing city, and I am very excited to exchange and collaborate with others in such an innovative and stimulating place.

Nathan Ober
Hometown: Hagerstown, MD
Education: Villanova University

I am excited to learn about the forces driving economic growth in Pittsburgh and to work to ensure this growth benefits everyone who calls the city home. I am also excited to be close to many family members and to cheer on the city’s sports teams!

Daniel Pieratt, CNP
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Education: Maryville College

I am thrilled to be working with a dedicated and diverse team of colleagues and community partners in order to address and better understand issues facing my new city. With their help, I hope to better serve this community at the crossroads of my native Appalachia and the Midwest.

Taina Quiles
Hometown: Woodhaven, Queens, NY
Education: Fordham University

When I first began my journey with Coro, I did not know much about Pittsburgh. As someone interested in education system, I began my search there. I was pleasantly surprised by the strategic plan set in place, and the strides towards a more equitable system which supports and encourages the academic achievement of students and the professional development of teachers. In addition to my findings about the strategic plan, I fell in love with Pittsburgh because of the conversations I had with the people I met there. Everyone I spoke to genuinely loved and cared about their community- whether it was Highland Park, South Side Flats, Friendship etc.- it was always clear that they had a sense of pride and a commitment to strengthening their communities. I am so excited to grow with and learn from those in Pittsburgh, and be immersed in such positive movement for improvement.

Maya Saravanan
Hometown: McDonald, PA
Education: University of Pittsburgh

As a Pittsburgh native, it’s been very exciting to see the city’s development and increasing progressiveness over the past decade. However, Western Pennsylvania as a whole still suffers from immense disparity in its healthcare and education sectors. As a Coro Fellow, I am excited to work with key Pittsburgh leaders to hopefully change some of the policy which contributes to these challenges.

Mariam Sayeed
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Education: Loyola University Chicago.

During my visit to Pittsburgh for Selection Day, I met with community leaders from an array of sectors who were not only passionate about their work, but about the city and the amazing opportunities it has to offer. I am excited about joining the Coro fellowship in Pittsburgh because I believe that the fellowship will push me to hone the skills I have learned through my past experiences in civic engagement and policy work. I am also excited to explore the diverse communities, the winding roads, and the rivers that shape the city.

Anna-Bella Sicilia
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Education: University of Maryland, College Park

I am looking forward to collaborating with other passionate fellows and community members on meaningful projects while learning about the city of Pittsburgh.

Benjamin Stern
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: Johns Hopkins University

I am excited to be able to work in the city that I love and have grown up in. I look forward to working with the communities that I’ve known my whole life.



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