Coro Executive Fellowship
Now more than ever, revitalizing communities takes 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 intersector collaboration is complex and challenging. Each sector operates with its own values, language, and culture.
The Coro Executive Fellowships are one and two-year advanced leadership training opportunities for the most promising graduates of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs or Public Allies Pittsburgh. With an emphasis on increasing racial diversity in philanthropy, the Fellowship creates a pipeline for leaders in philanthropic organizations seeking to reduce barriers to effective collaboration among business, government and nonprofit organizations.
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!
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.