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Thursday, May 16 • 9:00am - 10:10am
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janera solomon

Executive Director, Kelly Strayhorn Theater
janera solomon is the executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, a historic live arts venuein Pittsburgh now in its tenth year of presenting progressive, evocative new works in dance,music, film, education and cultural programming. Her curatorial work includes projects withsome... Read More →

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Christina Pope

Senior Network Director, Welcoming America
Christina Pope is Senior Network Director at Welcoming America, where she designs programs and strategy for the organization’s network of local governments and nonprofits. She addresses new and emerging needs in the field and provides technical assistance to organizations making... Read More →
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Daniel Valdez

Network Director, Welcoming America
Daniel is a Network Director with Welcoming America, a national organization that works with nonprofit partners and local governments to help create more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming communities. In his role, Daniel leads overall strategy and support for the Welcoming Network... Read More →
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Steve Tobocman

Executive Director, Global Detroit
Steve has launched innovative nonprofit enterprises in community development, immigrant economic development, and other arenas, with vision, creativity, and passion. Since 2009, Steve has led Global Detroit, a regional economic revitalization strategy mobilizing Metro Detroit’s... Read More →
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Rachel Peric

Executive Director, Welcoming America
Rachel Peric is the Executive Director of Welcoming America. Inspired by her family’s refugee story and by the worldwide movement of welcomers, Rachel works to create communities where all residents – including immigrants and refugees – can thrive and belong. Since joining the... Read More →
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Betty Cruz

Director, All for All
Betty Cruz has developed citywide initiatives for Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, managed major accounts for a national nonprofit dedicated to building playgrounds across the U.S., and supported public relations for global brands representing a wide range of industries. She has extensive... Read More →

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

Allegheny County
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald took office on January 3, 2012, and he’s currently in his second term. After more than 19 years in public service, including 12 on County Council, he still relishes his role working with others to make the county a great place to live, work, and... Read More →
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Founded in 2006, 1Hood begins as a collective of men from various disciplines, ideologies, and belief systems who banded together to address violence within and against our community. We have grown to an intergenerational, intersectional community committed to the same mission. 1Hood... Read More →

Rep. Edward C. Gainey

24th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Thursday May 16, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am PDT
Omni Hotel - 17th Floor Grand Ballroom