About Us

About Us

Our place in the region is to create a platform for voices to be heard and to create an intentional and welcoming community.

Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do.

 

Founded in September of 2016, Change Agency is a Pittsburgh-based social enterprise. Our mission is to advance civic initiatives that support community change efforts. We work with municipal leaders, community-based organizations, institutions, and the business community to make sure our partners have a seat at the table. It is through these cross-sector partnerships and ownership-building strategies that we are implementing programs and elevating solutions that incorporate our welcoming policies and practices into government, business, and our community.

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Meet our Team

Betty Cruz

Director

Betty 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 experience in community outreach, communications, partnership-building, and program management – spanning nearly 20 years.

Contact Betty: betty@changeagency.world

Anna Shepperson

Workforce + Economic Development Coordinator, All for All AmeriCorps VISTA

Anna is working to develop sustainable economic futures for immigrants and refugees in the Pittsburgh region. She holds a degree in cultural anthropology and electronic art from Carnegie Mellon University and has conducted research on women’s economic self-sufficiency in rural Bolivia. She returned to Pittsburgh from New York City in November 2016 to serve with Compass AmeriCorps as an English as a Second Language and Job Placement Specialist.

Contact Anna: anna@changeagency.world

Elizabeth Cooper

Health + Food Access Coordinator, All for All AmeriCorps VISTA

Lizzy is helping increase awareness and utilization of public health and food access resources and services for immigrant communities. She brings four years of experience working with Latino immigrants in South-Central Pennsylvania. Lizzy is a recent graduate of Gettysburg College where she taught adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes with Casa de la Cultura and supporting immigrant food security at the campus-community garden, The Painted Turtle Farm.

Contact Lizzy: lizzy@changeagency.world

Trisha Powell

Education Engagement Coordinator, All for All AmeriCorps VISTA

Trisha is working to improve access to education services for immigrant and refugee youth and adults and advocating for more inclusive and positive educational experiences for all.  She earned a Master’s in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and recently published an article on using Young Adult Literature in the ESL classroom.  She has taught ESL for 13 years, from community-based organizations in New York City to college programs in Pittsburgh.

Contact Trisha: trisha@changeagency.world

Shayna Gleason

Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh Coordinator, PULSE Fellow

Shayna is supporting the implementation of the Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh Initiative. Shayna recently graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology, and completed a senior thesis on the Creative Aging movement. Specifically, she studied popular discourse on old age and the development of older adults’ self-worth through the arts. She joins us through the PULSE Program, which cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh.

Contact Shayna: shayna@changeagency.world

Daad Sharif

All for All Coordinator, CORO Fellow

Daad is joining us through the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. She recently graduated from Yale University with a double major in Ethnicity, Race & Migration and Economics. She used an interdisciplinary approach to study American identity while mentoring as a Freshman Counselor, Chaplaincy fellow, and Peer Liaison at the Afro-American Cultural Center. Daad will serve on our team for a six-week placement.

Contact Daad: daad@changeagency.world

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