MBK Committee Members

MBK Acknowledgment

The My Brother’s Keeper Playbook could not have been completed without the determination, commitment, and dedication of the My Brother’s Keeper Committee Members:

  • Aerion Abney, Program Officer, POISE Foundation
  • Karen Abrams, Manager of Community and Diversity Affairs, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
  • James Brown, Director of Youth Development, Homewood Brushton YMCA Project
  • Reverend. Dr. Darryl T. Canady, Pastor, Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church
  • Kevin Carter, Founder and Executive Director, Ado­nai Center for Black Males
  • Erin Dalton, Deputy Director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
  • The Honorable Ed Gainey, PA House of Representa­tives, 24th Legislative District
  • Commander Eric Holmes, Pittsburgh Police
  • Reverend. Cornell Jones, Freedom Indeed, LLC, Iron Cross Community Ministries
  • Walter Lewis, Manager, Office of Promise Fulfillment, Homewood Children's Village
  • Michael Quigley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Robert Morris University
  • Jason Rivers, Program Manager, Office of Equity, Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Walter Smith, Deputy Director, Office of Children, Youth and Families, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
  • Wendy Etheridge Smith, Ph.D, Executive Director, Higher Achievement
  • Taili Thompson, Executive Director Opportunities Development
  • Mary E. Young, Early Literacy Specialist/Teacher, Pittsburgh Concord PreK-5, Pittsburgh Public Schools

City & County Staff:

  • Corey Buckner, Special Assistant, Office of the Mayor
  • Mary Esther Van Shura, Ed.D, Director of Community Affairs, Office of the County Executive
  • Dept of Innovation and Performance's Webteam
  • LaTrenda Leonard, MBA, Deputy Chief of Operations and Administration, Office of the Mayor
  • Brian Brown, Youth Equity and Access Associate, Americorps VISTA

Special Acknowledgements

  • Montana Howard, Youth Voice
  • Sharnay Hearn
  • The Kingsley Association
  • Lemuel Jackson, Youth Voice
  • The Art of Democracy
  • Neighborhood Allies
  • Allegheny County Housing Authority
  • Community College of Allegheny County

I didn’t care too much about school until I was motivated by people like Heinz fellows, my mentors, some teachers and friends.

– Youth Voice