The Coro Pittsburgh Fellowship in Public Affairs specializes in helping civic-minded professionals take their career to the next level.

Here’s why, our leadership accelerator, is the right fit for you.

What You’ll Do: For 9 months, you will join a diverse cohort of degreed professionals from across the country. We’ll immerse you deep into the dynamics of leadership and the sustainable impact through a nonpartisan lens.

You’ll explore the government, business, nonprofit, and innovation sectors, where you will work alongside Pittsburgh’s top leaders to accomplish your most important work yet.

Coro Pittsburgh Fellows Have Served At 100+ Organizations Such As:

  • City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office 
  • Economic Development South
  • InnovatePGH
  • Remake Learning
  • The Heinz Endowments 
  • PPG Industries
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • Health Monitoring Systems, Inc.
  • R.K. Mellon Foundation
  • Sustainable Pittsburgh
  • Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education
  • 1Hood Media
  • Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network
  • A+ Schools
  • Tree PGH

What You’ll Gain: With experiential training, high-level connections, and tailored coaching along the way, we’ll make sure you have exactly what YOU need to sustain a fulfilling and impactful career leading change.

Why Pittsburgh?:

  • Innovative tech companies such as Duolingo, Uber, Google, and Facebook
  • 4000+ local, regional, and national nonprofits serving 2.3 million people
  • 50+ universities including Pitt and Carnegie Mellon
  • 130 municipalities diverse in population, demographics, and structure
  • A pivotal swing state with 20 electoral votes

The Coro Fellowship experience is facilitated by our Faculty Lead, Armani Davis, PhD. 

Success After The Coro Fellowship: 

Our alumni go on to work at amazing places such as:

  • City of Pittsburgh
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Google
  • United States Congress
  • The Forbes Funds
  • Warner Bros Entertainment
  • Deloitte 

Our alumni earn advanced degrees at prestigious universities including:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Harvard University
  • UCLA
  • The New School


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


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree as of 8/2022
  • Passion for civic engagement & working with diverse communities.
  • An exceptionally strong work ethic
  • Excellent relationship-building skills & ability to work effectively in a team-based environment
  • Eligibility to work in the US


  • Equitable monthly stipend (based on need)
  • 50% tuition discount on masters programs at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
  • Build a portfolio of cross-sector impact

Decision Timeline:

  • Application Deadline: January 11, 2022
  • Selection Day (Virtual Interviews): March 2022
  • Offer To Participate: April 2022
  • Program Start: August 2022

To Apply: Visit by 1/11/2022. 

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Fellows Class of 2020-2021

Priya Arya
Hometown: Exton, PA
Education: B.S., Cell & Molecular Neuroscience, Temple University, 2015
Master of Sustainable Design, Jefferson University, 2022 

Priya grew up in a household of two loving parents and a younger sister in the Greater Philadelphia Region.  As an undergraduate, she pursued her studies of Neuroscience and Spanish, and explored entrepreneurship through co-founding the Food Connect Group LLC.  This organization connects those in need to good samaritan donors with excess food through an application and website.  

A few years later, after several diverse experiences in the United States and abroad, Priya became a legal advocate with her local domestic violence organization.  Being a legal advocate cultivated her mental and emotional agility, as well as ever-improving communication skills and conflict-management capacity.  Most-importantly, the austere introspection required helped her empower people in the depths of their pain to help them make choices to improve their lives.  

This empowerment through listening and education is a practice that she wishes to realize through the fruition of her studies in sustainability science.  Her goal is to think global and act local by focusing on the areas of pollution capture, control, and re-use, as well as ecological restoration for the health and safety of the planet.  She is inspired by everyone from modern day innovators to the giants on whose shoulders society stands.  Priya is grateful for the opportunity allotted to her by the Coro Fellowship to work towards this goal.

Adelyne Bejjani
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: University of Pittsburgh

Adelyne Bejjani graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2020 with a degree in Political Science and Sociology and certificates in Transatlantic and Western European studies. Originally from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, she holds the city close to her heart and has tried to help improve it. She has interned for the Office of the Mayor and the nonprofit law firm the Women’s Law Project. Additionally, Adelyne has worked in Washington, D.C. for the political nonprofit Women In Government. On campus, she founded and subsequently became president of the Middle Eastern North African Student Association, an affinity group for Middle Eastern North African heritage students. She was also the events’ committee chair of her campus’s chapter of Active Minds, an organization dedicated to the de-stigmatization of mental health. In the future, Adelyne hopes to create positive change centered around intersectional gender issues, inspired by her identity as a Lebanese woman. She is attracted to both policy and law and is considering either obtaining a Master of Public Policy or a law degree in the years following her Coro fellowship. She is incredibly excited and grateful to be chosen as a Pittsburgh Coro fellow for this coming year, as she admires the leaders that have emerged from the program. She hopes that it will equip her to become a leader for social change as well.

Lita Brillman
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: University of Michigan

Lita Brillman is a native of Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, and a proud Women’s Studies graduate from the University of Michigan. She has had a colorful career in advocacy, most recently in Washington DC, where she parlayed her enthusiasm for local politics into a career at America Votes while also working as a tour guide at Republic Restoratives, America’s first queer women-owned and operated distillery. There, she developed a deep appreciation for great whiskey, but more importantly for minority-run local businesses, which she hopes to carry into her future work. Prior to that, Lita spent time working in impact investing, local campaigns, and interned at Pittsburgh’s own Heinz History Center. Lita is a passionate pro-choice and LGBTQ advocate, and believes in the importance of looking at all issues through the lens of diversity and inclusion. She has been nationally recognized for her writing on race and gender in reality TV, dedicating her career to tackling racism through a variety of mediums. In addition to social justice, Lita loves the Pittsburgh Penguins, her Jewish culture, and good local vegan food and drinks. Lita is excited to return to her hometown where she plans to help black-owned businesses and institutions thrive, as well as aid Pittsburgh in its fight against segregation and gun violence through the opportunities provided by the Coro Fellowship.

Amy Chong
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Education: Bachelor’s in Science, Public Policy at the University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy
Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy

Amy Chong immigrated from South Korea at the age of two, is a first-generation and was the first one in her family to obtain her Master’s degree. Her curious, creative, and outgoing personality motivated her to learn more about how public policy could be used to amplify marginalized voices through government. Amy enjoys finding answers to difficult questions and enjoys challenges that allow her to think outside of the box that requires creative thinking. She started her career as a grassroots organizer for American Federation of Teachers, then was a legislative and communications intern for the California State Assembly, a Communications/Press intern for California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, a Congressional Fellow for Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, and an intern for the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

As a Coro Public Affairs fellow, her first placement was at the City of Pittsburgh Sustainability and Resilience Division where she communicated with different key stakeholders about how to best engage with the United Nations Sustainable Resilience Goals (UNSDGs). Her second placement was with an international golf nonprofit organization, First Tee Pittsburgh, where she created an onboarding kit for current and new board members for better board directive.

In her free time, she enjoys playing golf, spending time outside, exercising, and spending meaningful time with friends and family.

Talor Crawford
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Education: Xavier University; St. Louis University

Talor Crawford is a St. Louis native with a background in business and passion for social impact, racial equity, and community development. She has experience working and interning in corporate America, higher education, nonprofits, and a quasi-governmental agency. All with a focus on increasing efficiency and effectiveness of programs, helping others, promoting fair housing, and increasing community reinvestment.  By combining her passions with her skills and unique educational background, she hopes to do mission-driven work that positively impacts low-income communities and communities of color. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Economics and International Business from Xavier University and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community and Organization from Saint Louis University.

Through Coro, she hopes to gain valuable insights into effective policymaking and learn more about how cross-sector collaboration can be used as a tool to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges such as racial and economic injustice.  

John Dominguez
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Education: Cornell University

John Dominguez is a twenty-year-old from Arlington, Virginia. Graduating with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, he is excited to jump in the driver’s seat and explore Pittsburgh as a Coro Fellow.

At Cornell, Dominguez served on the Student Assembly, where he worked with university administrators and students to enhance the student experience. Two examples are: organizing a “Donuts with Dave” event with the police chief to enable more face-to-face engagement with students and cutting campus printing costs to provide free printing to students. Currently, he is finishing his last campus project to reform Convocation and Commencement weekend remotely in Pittsburgh. 

Off campus, he spent three years as chair of the Youth Caucus of America, a nonprofit he co-founded with his colleagues to represent youth (under 30) in policymaking and advocacy. In this role, he led meetings in congressional offices on Capitol Hill and built organizational partnerships for various legislative initiatives. On the west coast, he taught 7th grade English as a Breakthrough Collaborative Teaching Fellow in San Francisco. That summer, Dominguez and his class wrestled with the theme of personal responsibility and choices vs. social circumstances reading The Other Wes Moore. In addition to developing reading and writing skills, he coached students on public speaking by giving guided feedback on daily impromptu speeches. The following fall, Dominguez studied abroad in Argentina, where he tutored English to college students and was frequently found engaging with locals about Argentina’s upcoming presidential election in 2019. 

In his free time, Dominguez enjoys reading fantasy, history, and Christian literature. Outside his home, he likes to talk about international relations, comparative theology, and interesting articles from The Wall Street Journal

Natalie Lalama
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: George Washington University

A Pittsburgh native, Natalie Lalama graduated from George Washington University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. During her time at GW, Natalie had the opportunity to lead a service trip to El Paso, where she and other students learned about the experience of living undocumented in a border community. Natalie spent her senior year at GW as the president of Alternative Breaks, working with other student leaders to foster educational service experiences for students that she hoped would be as meaningful and eye-opening for them as it was for her. Natalie is eager to return to her home city of Pittsburgh, and to use the valuable skills and lessons she gained from these experiences to inform her work as a fellow. In the future, Natalie hopes to attend law school to pursue a career as an immigration attorney to advocate for people seeking asylum in the U.S.

Gabriella Malave
Hometown: Queens, NY
Education: Ithaca College

Gabriella Malave is a tireless community advocate and adventurous spirit. Her decade of experience in youth development and education have led to a deep social awareness of the multifaceted complexities that environments possess. Originally from NYC, Gabriella worked with the Fresh Air Fund during her formal education where she focused on the intersectionality of social issues and youth development. A graduate of Ithaca College, Gabriella participated in a year-long international program studying Indigenous Development in New Zealand with a focus on Sustainability. Following graduation, Gabriella served for two years as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow at an independent school where she collaborated on the school’s DEI strategic plan and multilevel stakeholder engagement.


A 2020 Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, Gabriella is mission oriented, self-starting and directing as well as a fast, entrepreneurial learner. Ms. Malave has consulted on high impact community projects throughout the program. Serving with Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED), Gabriella developed systems for CARES Act housing fund distribution. At Catapult for Greater Pittsburgh, she leveraged her skill set in culturally competent communication to develop a 9-month educational advocacy program targeting generational poverty. Working with the Dignity & Respect campaign, Gabriella designed and produced curriculum to improve civic engagement and communicating across difference.

“Everything is about connections. It is how we, our communities, and world, learn and evolve.” – Gabriella 

Naeisha McClain
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Education: Oberlin College

During her undergraduate years, Naeisha McClain allocated and oversaw the spending of 1.5 million dollars by student organizations as Head Treasurer for the Office of the Student Treasurer. In this role, she increased financial accessibility by working closely with minority-serving organizations and students to amplify their concerns regarding funding policies to the finance committee. Simultaneously, as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, she conducted a research study on the ways Black students utilized kinship to build community at Predominately White Institutions. Due to her research, McClain received the Comfort Starr Award which recognizes academic excellence within the Sociology department, and completed her degree with honors. McClain believes that it is important to strive for equity and accessibility in every job or position that one holds. In the future, McClain aims to attend graduate school and achieve a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education.

Roshni Mehta

Hometown: Phoenixville, PA
Education: Carnegie Mellon University

Rosh believes that economic inclusion and high-quality education are at the heart of resilient communities. She wants to dedicate her career to increasing economic opportunity to help communities thrive.

Combining public policy, sociology, and economics, Rosh has taken a novel approach in leading projects on gun reform for the city of Pittsburgh and civic engagement for Jackson Clark Partners, a social impact consultancy. In 2016 she was recognized for her accomplishments and was selected as the Pennsylvania Delegate for the United States Senate Youth Program to meet President Obama, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Senators Casey
and Toomey. She has also worked on several Pennsylvania local campaigns to elect candidates who advance equity and inclusion. At Carnegie Mellon University, her research focused on bolstering small businesses by revitalizing storefronts to attract Pittsburgh residents to
historically underfunded communities. Rosh also served as Student Body President and represented 13,000 students’ needs to the Board of Trustees on issues such as food insecurity, diversity & inclusion, and affordability.

During her first placement as a Coro Fellow at Mayor Marita Garrett’s office in Wilkinsburg, she conducted an economic and political analysis and evaluated the strategic priorities of the community. With this knowledge, Rosh developed a plan to guide Wilkinsburg towards a more equitable and economically secure future. While placed at Neighborhood Allies, Rosh was
responsible for developing a multimillion dollar national grant proposal to tackle racial inequity through an economic development lense. Rosh hopes to continue shaping economic policies through interdisciplinary work in business, nonprofit, and government.

Nathaniel Pettit
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: Brown University

Nathaniel Pettit, a Butler County native, is honored to return to Western Pennsylvania. Nathaniel–a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University–brings a passion for education and housing justice. While a student in Providence, RI, he served as director of Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE), Brown’s student-run housing direct service and advocacy organization. Nathaniel helped to found a student-run, community-integrated housing clinic for housing-insecure Rhode Islanders and lead a statewide effort to ban discrimination against housing voucher recipients. He also crafted a book-length honors thesis that documented Brown’s contribution to the displacement of adjacent working-class communities and communities of color. Since graduation, this research has been featured in an international, peer-reviewed academic journal. Upon graduation, Nathaniel was awarded the 2020 Swearer Center Community Engagement Award, in recognition of his “commitment to collaboration between the university and community partners and for exemplary contributions to the Providence community.” Nathaniel hopes that his previous efforts in housing advocacy and in imagining inclusive communities will be of assistance in his work in Pittsburgh.
At his first Coro placement, Nathaniel worked with Partner4Work–Pittsburgh and Allegheny County’s workforce investment board–where he imagined ways that P4W can integrate its youth programming into the college and career-readiness activities of county schools. At his second placement, Nathaniel authored the E.A.T. Initiative’s first-ever annual report, documenting the organization’s momentous year in addressing regional food insecurity.
Nathaniel is the proud son of two local Montessori educators and aspires to a career of his own in early childhood education.

Christina Schwartz
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Education: Brigham Young University

Christina has always been fascinated with identity. She developed this affinity through studying consumer behavior, brand identity, and strategic communication throughout her time at BYU. Her work during university included an eclectic assortment of projects ranging from accumulating current and future macro trends for Amazon, to developing a strategy brief with the purpose of reducing teenage suicide by firearms for the Utah Department of Human Services. Later, she was a strategy intern at MullenLowe U.S. in Boston, Massachusetts where she further grew her strategic communication skills working for clientele such as Avis, Axe, Burger King, and Suffolk Construction.

Building on her inclination toward understanding people, Christina sought to gain a deeper comprehension of identity from a community lens through the Coro Pittsburgh Fellowship in Public Affairs. During this time, she was placed at The People’s Office under State Representative Jake Wheatley where she managed the development of a community app with the purpose of streamlining resources for the constituents of the 19th Legislative District. Additionally, she was placed at Local Government Academy working with Executive Director Joy Ruff where she produced the structure of an onboarding presentation and a Board Directory to further strategic goals through identifying collaboration opportunities based on Board members’ strengths. 

After Coro, Christina is looking to pursue a graduate degree in Human Development to study identity on an individual, family, and community level. She hopes to become a professor and create positive change through encouraging and implementing healthy identity development.

Fellows Class of 2019-2020

Sophie Abo
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: Washington University in St. Louis

Cycle 1 Placement: Saw Mill Run Watersheds; Cycle 2 Placement: Neighborhood Allies

Gisele Betances
Hometown: Gettysburg, PA
Education: Dickinson College

Cycle 1 Placement: Southside Community Council; Cycle 2 Placement: City of Pittsburgh Office of Community Affairs

Daniel Davis
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Education: Grinnell College

Cycle 1 Placement: MSA Safety; Cycle 2 Placement: Economic Development South

Sadaf Delawar 
Hometown: Scranton, PA
Education: St. Lawrence University

Cycle 1 Placement: Brookline Teen Outreach; Cycle 2 Placement: 1Hood Media

Kara Lowry
Hometown: LaGrange, KY
Education: Western Kentucky University

Cycle 1 Placement: Allegheny County, Office of County Manager; Cycle 2 Placement: Remake Learning

Kalyani Singh
Hometown: Parsippany, NJ
Education: Lehigh University

Cycle 1 & 2 Placement: InnovatePGH

Will Stewart
Hometown: Grosse Ille, MI
Education: University of Michigan

Cycle 1 & 2 Placement: Urban Redevelopment Authority

Mark Williams
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Education: Butler University

Cycle 1 & 2 Placement: PPG Industries, Inc.



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