960 Penn Avenue Suite 402 Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Vibrant Pittsburgh is an economic development nonprofit that seeks to address one of the greatest challenges facing the Pittsburgh region, its aging population and workforce, by providing leadership to accelerate the growth rate of diverse workers in the region. We do this in three ways:
Work with employers and diverse community groups to organize, promote and implement initiatives that are designed to welcome and retain more diverse talent Conduct targeted talent attraction initiatives at diverse national conventions, cultural festivals and career fairs using traditional and digital marketing tactics Serve as the region’s central resource, spokesperson and convener on workforce diversity and inclusion issues
I’m an experienced innovator of diverse community engagement through my current roles as Assistant Vice President at Vibrant Pittsburgh and as Vice President of Womxn in Tech PGH. I recently transitioned from my role as Director of Member Engagement and as the first Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Pittsburgh Technology Council. My advocacy work to help innovative start-up companies grow is also demonstrated through my previous position with the State of Pennsylvania as the Keystone Innovation Zone Coordinator for the Greater Oakland area of Pittsburgh.
I have a successful history of working in corporate and non-profit organization management to increase economic equity, innovation integration, talent acquisition and deal flow. I am a strong tech professional skilled in Marketing, Relationship Management, Innovation and Technology Business Development. During my time working in tech, I’ve fine-tuned my skills in being a change agent for organizations providing Cyber-security, AI, IoT, ML, and SaaS products.
Talent Engagement and Community Relations Public Ally
Minnie Jones is a 2020-21 Public Allies/AmeriCorps member serving at Vibrant Pittsburgh as the Talent Engagement and Community Relations Ally. After graduating from Baldwin High School in 2017, she began pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) with a minor in Music. While there, Minnie was able to hold several leadership positions in the various clubs and organizations she was involved with, including the Executive board of UPJ’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, President and founder of an a cappella group entitled Treble in the Making, one of UPJ’s first Orientation leaders, the co-founder and Vice President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter at UPJ, and the President of the Concert and Chamber Choir.
In the beginning of 2020, Jones became a participant and Student Ambassador for the Vibrant Pittsburgh CAMP program, giving her both a valuable mentor, and an introduction to the amazing work done by Vibrant Pittsburgh. During her 10-month apprenticeship, Minnie hopes to assist in the vital work that Vibrant Pittsburgh is doing to make her hometown a more diverse and inclusive place.
Social Media and Communications Apprentice
Caitlin Reitz serves as the Social Media and Communications Apprentice, responsible for all social media postings and promotions. Prior to starting her new role with Vibrant, Caitlin served as the manager for the Eberly Digital Marketing Team within the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.
She recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in December 2020. She found her calling doing social media marketing in 2016 when she began working as a social media specialist for the Warren County Visitors Bureau. Since then, she has enjoyed having the opportunity to help grow the social media and engagement of small businesses and non-profits.