Kelly Henderson

Pronouns: she/they Kelly Henderson is a sustainability, equity, education and community engagement professional who prioritizes relational and heart-centered leadership in her work. She is also an engaged community member and part of the Planning Commission where she lives in Homestead. Before coming to Grounded, she spent time as the Program Director for Sustainable Pittsburgh, the K-12 Education Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty for Chatham University’s sustainable Eden Hall Campus, the Sustainability and Communications Coordinator for The Efficiency Network and a Building…

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Kelsey Small

Pronouns: she/her/hers Kelsey Small is the shared Chief Financial Officer for the Environmental Finance Collaborative with financial responsibilities for five organizations: Allegheny County Conservation District, Construction Junction, Grounded Strategies, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association and Tree Pittsburgh. Kelsey is responsible for providing operational financial expertise and oversight, budgeting and business planning, and adoption of best practices in financial management. Most recently Kelsey was the Interim Director of Finance and Administration for the Carnegie Museum of Art, where she oversaw financial,…

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Ruby Velasco

Pronouns: she/her/hers Ruby grew up in Santa Ana, California – a vibrant but underinvested community in drastically segregated Orange County. She is passionate about equity, inclusivity, and being an active member of your community.  In the past, she was an assistant volunteer coordinator at The Frida Cinema, an independent arthouse theater, a camp counselor in Eastern Kentucky, and a VISTA at PCRG doing capacity building in Allegheny County. Her professional experience is in community development, resource building, and coalition management. …

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Khadiza Massey

pronouns: she/her/hers Khadiza Massey, a longtime Grounded Steward-turned-employee, was born in Homewood and raised in Missouri. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in Finance. She moved back to Pittsburgh where she now also works as the Manager for the Homewood Farmers’ Market with Grow Pittsburgh, has been elected as a Board Member at the Pittsburgh Food Council, and is a Community Ambassador to the Homewood Children's Village. Khadiza currently lives in Wilkinsburg and spends…

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Skylar McGinley

Pronouns: he/him/his Skylar strives to be a part of the change that he wants to see in the world. He says "a part of" because we can't always do everything on our own. It often takes a united group of people to begin to see the changes we desire. Skylar has a Bachelor of Science in English from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH. After graduating, he took part in the Photography Intensive course at Pittsburgh Filmmakers (now part…

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Sophie Smith

Pronouns: she/her/hers Raised outside of Philadelphia, Sophie moved to St. Louis for college, where she spent time with environmental activist groups and learned the value of coalition building. Sophie earned her degree in Anthropology and Educational Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation, she relocated to Pittsburgh to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA for New Sun Rising, in Millvale. During her service year, Sophie conducted community outreach and engagement, and aided with projects surrounding Millvale's sustainable development plan.…

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Wise Allen

Pronouns: he/him/his Wise is joins Grounded as a fellow from Repair the World in fighting for social justice and facilitating growth in overlooked places. He is a University of Pittsburgh graduate with a B.A in History and an unabashed nerd! As a staff member of the City Clerk's Office in downtown Pittsburgh, Wise has spent countless hours pouring over forgotten city records and ordinances. A lover of all things outdoors you can often find Wise on the trails and bike…

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Claire Sullivan

Pronouns: she/they Growing up just outside of Washington, D.C., Claire was immersed in the dynamic urban environment from a young age. The early exposure inspired Claire’s current educational pursuit; a B.A. in Architectural Studies and a B.A. in Urban Studies with a minor in Studio Arts. With a focus on sustainable design, Claire is dedicated to creating projects that foster community engagement and prioritize environmental justice.  Claire enjoys pursuing her interests through various avenues, including design work, research and the…

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Alexis Kennedy

Pronouns: she/her/hers Alexis Kennedy is a rising fourth year student at Penn State University Park majoring in Geosciences. Through Penn State's City Semester Pittsburgh program, Alexis is interning with Grounded to learn how to sustainably repurpose vacant land in Pittsburgh. Alexis is also earning a certificate in Earth Sustainability, where she has been able to learn about global sustainability efforts, and has even got the chance to apply these tools hands on in Belize completing a capstone project designed around…

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