Ariam Ford-Graver

Pronouns: she/her/hers Ariam is a City Planner by trade and self-driven by choice. She is deeply passionate about equitable development, community planning, and land-use policy. Her professional work has focused on community-led land use interventions, resident empowerment, civic education programs, geospatial statistics, and GIS mapping. Ariam holds a Master of City Planning from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Virginia and currently serves on the Board of Propel Schools.

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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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Shequaya Bailey

Pronouns: she/her/hers She is passionate about community, health, and youth! She endeavors to work and live a life that supports these. Shequaya is a native of Pittsburgh who graduated from Peabody High School; attended Pennsylvania State University to study Health Policy and Administration and earned her Bachelor of Science degree; she has her Master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. In her spare time, Shequaya is the President of the Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club (PMTCC), MajorForce Youth…

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Tom Mulholland

Pronouns: he/him/his Tom first began working with Grounded through a fellowship with PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) in 2016. Tom is originally from a small town in upstate New York. He attended the State University of New York at Geneseo for his undergraduate degree, where he studied sociology and urban geography. Prior to joining the organization, Tom worked for the Thomas Merton Center and the East End Food Co-Op, doing outreach and communications. Since starting at Grounded, Tom has…

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Becca Simon

pronouns: she/her/hers Becca was born and raised in Hillsboro, OR. She received her undergraduate degree in International Political Economy and Environmental Policy & Decision Making from the University of Puget Sound in 2019. Post undergrad, Becca served as a FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Member in Ronan, MT doing nutrition, gardening, and food justice education with Kindergarten-5th grade students. After FoodCorps, Becca moved to Pittsburgh to serve as a Fellow with Repair the World Pittsburgh where she was committed to helping engage…

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Eleni Contis

Pronouns: they/them Eleni Contis was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  They attended The Ellis School, where they developed a passion for studio art and art history.  They went on to earn their Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Art degrees from Rhode Island School of Design.  This past year, they completed their bachelor’s thesis examining the American burial industry and its spatial implications in the built environment. As a designer, artist, and educator, Eleni seeks to ground their…

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Masoud Sayles

Pronouns: he/him/his Masoud is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh Area. A graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Geobiology, Masoud passionately pursues his interest in permaculture design. Prior to joining Grounded, Masoud worked joyfully alongside gardeners at his local community garden, as well as finding employment propagating plants for a local neighborhood nursery. During this time, he worked alongside members of his community in creating various gardens and on trash cleanups, engendering within him an interest in…

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Ashley Seiler

Pronouns: she/her/hers Ashley Seiler joined the Grounded team in September of 2019. After working, living, and learning in many of the communities in Pittsburgh, as a lifelong resident, she decided that her passion was working while submerged in the communities. Grounded could not have been a better match. She believes that children are the foundation of learning and teaching environmental justice. In addition to the gift of working with youth, Grounded has offered her a way to give back to…

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Aubrey L. Bloxdorf

Pronouns: She/Her/They/Them Aubrey was raised in Mahaffey, Pennsylvania and has always had an interest in the outdoors. She worked previously with Grounded as a Design and Placemaking intern. Aubrey is a recent graduate from Penn State University with a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture. They hope to further Their education in the coming years through graduate school for urban design. Aubrey loves Pittsburgh and is overjoyed to work with community members to develop interesting public spaces in their respective communities.…

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Quentin Rice

Pronouns: she/her/hers Quentin graduated from Chatham University with a Sustainability degree in May 2020. Since then she has worked through Serve the Moment, an offshoot of Repair the World, where she did service at a food pantry and learning focused on social justice issues within the Pittsburgh area. She now works with Grounded through Repair the World Pittsburgh as a two-year fellow! Quentin is excited to work with Grounded because of her passion for engaging others for service work, advocating…

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Jenna Ruggiero

Pronouns: she/her/hers Originally from western Maryland, Jenna moved to Pittsburgh to study at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies with a minor in Studio Arts. From a young age, Jenna wanted to study architecture to create tangible change, and she is passionate about intersectionality within the design of the built environment. She is excited to work with Grounded as a Design and Placemaking Intern to continue to expand her community-based design knowledge…

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Maia Egan

Pronouns: she/her Maia is from central Pennsylvania and is going into her fourth year of Landscape Architecture at Penn State University with a minor in Sustainability Leadership and a focus on Designing Sustainable Communities. She is passionate about helping communities and horticulture. Her experience in the professional world of landscape architecture includes residential and implementation work. She is excited to learn more about urban green spaces, the process of community design and the social justice aspect of the profession. In…

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