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Our Board of Directors

James N. Crutchfield, President, is a former newspaper reporter, editor and publisher who started his 44-year journalism career at The Pittsburgh Press and then the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Jim worked for Knight Ridder newspapers in Akron, Detroit, Long Beach, Calif., and Philadelphia, was a U.S. senator’s press secretary and was president and publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal. He was the first Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics and then the student media director at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He also served on the Duquesne University journalism faculty.

Zakarij O. Thomas, Treasurer, is a senior attorney in the financial institutions, restructuring and real estate groups at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. Previously, Zak was a senior program officer for community development and lending through a partnership between Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC) and Neighborhood Allies. He is a founding board member of The Chuck Cooper Foundation and serves on the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Real Estate Loan Review Committee, Micro-Enterprise Loan Committee and Business Loan Review Committee.

Ted Anthony is the global director of new storytelling and newsroom innovation for The Associated Press, based in Pittsburgh and New York. He has reported from more than 25 countries, from North Korea to Myanmar to China to Russia. From 2014 to 2018, he was AP’s Asia-Pacific news director, based in Bangkok and overseeing coverage by more than 200 journalists. He also reported from Afghanistan and Pakistan after 9/11 and opened the AP’s Baghdad bureau during the Iraq War in 2003. He is a native of Allison Park and a graduate of Falk Elementary School, Hampton High School and Penn State University.

Josie Cellone started as a newspaper reporter with internships at NPR, the Washington Post and the Associated Press. After completing an MBA, she bridged her experience into Heinz’s multimedia marketing before launching an interactive children’s book startup. She now directs digital marketing and e-commerce at Bob Evans Restaurants, building on 15 years of creating websites, apps, social media strategies and media plans. She was a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review city editor.

Bridget Daley is a litigation associate with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, focused on complex civil litigation matters in federal and state court. She is also active in the Pittsburgh community and serves as a speaker curator for TEDxPittsburgh and TEDxPittsburghWomen.

Jeff Galak is Associate Professor of Marketing and, by courtesy, Social and Decision Science at Carnegie Mellon University. His research involves the understanding of human decision making and human happiness. He is enthusiastic about educating everyone on the proper use of data to navigate the complexities of this world. He lives in Pittsburgh with his brilliant wife, goofball daughter and carefree son.

Maggie Patterson is a professor of journalism at Duquesne University, an author of several books and a former reporter for The Pittsburgh Press.

Lauren Trocano is the Director of Employee Communications for Comcast’s Keystone Region where she specializes in employee engagement, change management and special events. She held corporate communications positions with GSK Consumer Healthcare and Bayer Corporation and worked for several public relations agencies and as a freelance communications consultant. She’s an active “big” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh.

Todd Underwood is an engineering director at Google and co-site Lead of the Google Pittsburgh office. He mostly works on machine learning/artificial intelligence and on making many Google services work better.

Guillermo Velazquez is the Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation (PHDC).  As Executive Director, Mr. Velazquez is responsible for the operations of PHDC and for implementing its mission in economic and community development. He has served as a board member for organizations such as the Community Justice Project, LACU – Latin American Union Culture, COESA, the Brazilian Association of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Velazquez also serves as a commissioner of the LGBTQA+ Commission of the City of Pittsburgh.

Guhan Venkatu is a group vice president in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and former vice president and senior regional officer for the Pittsburgh office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Learn more about our board of directors here.