Graduate Pittsburgh Summit 2009

Graduate Pittsburgh


Summit Location: YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, 305 Wood Street (Downtown) Pittsburgh, PA 15222 


  • Convened by the Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, the one day summit increased public awareness of the dropout and college/life-readiness crisis in Pittsburgh. The summit partnered with the Multiple Education Pathways Blueprint project that is currently being executed by the Mayor Ravenstahl and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

  • The summit was also an opportunity for the Superintendent and Mayor to talk about the progress of the Pittsburgh Promise initiative and the importance of being “Promise Ready”. Bill Milliken, Founder of Communities In Schools was the keynote speaker and a Perspectives Panel provided an in-depth view of the dropout crises from various sectors. 

  • The Summit also featured “The Pittsburgh Opportunity Expo” which showcased the programs and resources available for the drop-out population, parents, and teachers.

Summit Planning Team:




Mayada Mansour

A+ Schools


Ray Bauer

Allegheny County Juvenile Probation


Dan Langan/Jamie Lebovitz

AT&T Pennsylvania


Sabrina Saunders

City of Pittsburgh, Mayor’s Office


Stephen Zumbrun

City of Pittsburgh, Mayor’s Office


Tamiko Stanley

City of Pittsburgh, Personnel


Nate Harper/ Maurita Bryant

City of Pittsburgh, Police Chief/Youth Comm.


Nicole Molinaro

Communities In Schools


Jean Olivis

Communities In Schools


Muzz Meyers

Communities In Schools (Westinghouse High)


Roslynne Wilson

Community College of Allegheny County


Jackie Dixon

Giant Eagle Corp.


Alex Matthews



Barbara Coffee

Housing Authority of Pittsburgh


Crystal White

Mentoring Partnership


Terrie Suica-Reed

Phase Four Learning Center, Inc.


Jim Brenner

Pittsburgh Partnership/PA CareerLink


Shawn Butler

Pittsburgh Promise


Janis Ripper

Pittsburgh Public Schools, Student Services


Dr. Magi Berger

Pittsburgh Public Schools, Truancy Prevention


Doug Mavracic

Pittsburgh Public Schools, Student Services


Erika Jones

Pittsburgh Public Schools, Gang Free Schools


Pat Gambridge

Pittsburgh Public Schools, CTE


Donna Fetterman

Robert Morris Univ./America’s Promise


Mikhail Pappas

Senator Ferlo/Pa Senate Rep.


Justin Brown

Storehouse for Teachers


Micah Frankenfield

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board


Jada Shirriel

United Way of Allegheny County


Ryan Patrick Parker

Univ. of Pittsburgh., Off. of Health Sci. Diversity


Florence Rouzier/Lori T. Rue

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh


Stephen MacIsaac

Wireless Neighborhoods


Gabriel Isaacson

Mayor’s Youth Council (Winchester Thurston)


Nyair Yates

Mayor’s Youth Council (Taylor Allderdice)


Katherina Shabalov

Mayor’s Youth Council, Chair (The Ellis School)


Robert Williamson

Youth Planning Task Force


Je’Anna Smith

Youth Planning Task Force


LaMarr Washington

Youth Planning Task Force


Carmelle Nickens Phillips

YWCA of Pittsburgh/Youth Commission


America’s Promise,  YWCA,  Walnut Grill,  Whole Foods