Next Generation Council


Emerging leaders thinking critically and acting collaboratively with regional stakeholders to elevate a racial, ethnic and generational diversity of talent in the Pittsburgh region.


To collectively make the Pittsburgh region inclusive, welcoming, and thriving for all.

The Next Generation Council was created to engage millennial leaders in the retention work happening in the Pittsburgh region, with the goal of gaining better insight into what young professionals think about the region and what impacts their desire and ability to stay in the region. As the millennial generation is diverse and highly mobile, their decision to stay in or leave our region will make a significant impact on our population growth and economic vitality over the next 20 years. The Next Generation Council is an important voice for the future of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Council Members

Alexandria Johnson

Diversity & Inclusion Specialist

Highmark Health

Andrea Vasquez

Senior Group Banking Representative

Dollar Bank

Ashli White

Summer Analyst Program Manager

BYN Mellon

Audra Beatty

Corporate HR Manager


Brittney Krieger

HRIS Analyst


Daniel Salahuddin

Resident Physician


Emma Wallis Jones

Analyst - Client Experience

Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Data Analysis, Research, and Evaluation

Hannah Darkey

Corporate Recruiter

Larson Design Group

Itha Cao

Policy Analyst

Office of Mayor William Peduto, Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment

Ja'Lisa Brown

Benefits Specialist


Jessica Franklin

Corporate Communications Manager


Kathryn Gigler

Director of Education

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Ketwana D. Schoos

Civil Rights Investigator

Community College of Allegheny County

Laura Graeber

IT Consultant

Bayer U.S. LLC

Logan Williams

Organizational Development Manager

Allegheny County Airport Authority

Marcus Thompson

Relationship Manager, Private Client Group


Nelson Cooper IV

Assistant Vice President, Underwriter - Financial Institutions & Professional Sports

The PNC Financial Services Group

Shanel Divito

Director of Inclusion and Collaboration

Pittsburgh Mercy