President & Chief Executive Officer
Melanie Harrington serves as the first President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh, a nonprofit economic development organization that was established to build a more diverse and inclusive Pittsburgh region by spearheading initiatives to attract, retain, and elevate a diverse workforce.
From 2001 to 2010 Melanie served as the president of the American Institute for Managing Diversity, Inc. (AIMD), a national nonprofit diversity think tank founded by Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr. and based in Atlanta, Georgia. As president, Melanie directed a broad range of initiatives.
From 1995 to 2001 Melanie served as general counsel for D.J. Miller & Associates, Inc. (DJMA), a national management consulting firm that specializes in serving federal, state and local government agencies. Melanie served as a senior associate at the Ewing Group Law Firm specializing in employment litigation from 1992 to 1995.
She currently serves on several boards including the Center for Global Inclusion; Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership; and the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. She is an expert panelist for the 2016 Edition of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks and a graduate of both Leadership Pittsburgh and Leadership Atlanta. Melanie is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburghs Graduate School of International and Public Affairs.
Melanie received her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Psychology.
Vice President, Programs and Services
Lora McKnight serves as Vice President, Programs and Services for Vibrant Pittsburgh, responsible for strategic programmatic leadership and development for the organization. Previously, Lora worked with The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Southwestern PA and Chatham University. Lora received her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Lora currently serves on the City of Pittsburgh's Welcoming Pittsburgh
Steering Committee and the Western PA Civil Rights Working Group.
National Director of Marketing and Talent Attraction
As National Director of Marketing and Talent Attraction, Patricia Bucek is responsible for overseeing the organizations employer
relationships and managing and coordinating the promotion of the region and market outreach initiatives to diverse
talent both locally and nationally. Ms. Bucek was recently named to the Pennsylvania Commission for LGBTQ Affairs
and she also serves as a member of the board of directors for Allegheny Goatscape.
She comes to Vibrant Pittsburgh from the Harrisburg
Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corporation where
she served as Vice President. Prior to joining the
Chamber, she was the Executive Director of the Kidney Foundation of Central
Pennsylvania, the Director of Business Development for Senior Health Management and a
Program Director for UPMC Pinnacle (Harrisburg).
Community Outreach and Inclusion Manager
Jaraya Johnson serves as the Community Outreach and
Inclusion Manager for Vibrant Pittsburgh, managing a wide variety of the
organizations retention initiatives and events as well as its providers,
staff, newcomers, and interns. Jaraya manages Vibrant Pittsburghs outreach
efforts to regional affinity groups and partners. Jaraya also currently serves
on the Allegheny County Immigrants and Internationals Advisory Council.
Jaraya joined Vibrant Pittsburgh in 2016 after finishing her
bachelors degree in Global Communications at Kent State University. Jaraya has
worked in nonprofit environments throughout both Pennsylvania and Ohio for 11
years, and has recently completed a masters degree in Public Administration
and Nonprofit Management at the University of Pittsburgh.
Member Services Associate
Silvia has lived in Pittsburgh for the past 9 years, but she is originally from Peru. Before coming to Vibrant Pittsburgh she worked as a volunteer at the Hillman Cancer Center as a research assistant for the Biobehavioral program. She went to college while living in the UK and has a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Southampton, UK. She speaks Spanish, English and French as she also lived in France for 4 years.
Kate Madey serves as Vibrant Pittsburghs Office Manager and is responsible
for coordinating all office functions and providing administrative support. Her
responsibilities include accounts receivable/payable, payroll, vendor inquiries
and assistance, member and Board of Directors assistance, and staff support
including calendar coordination, meeting arrangements and program and event
support. Kate is a creative, motivated and self-directed professional with over
twenty years of experience in both nonprofit and for-profit industries. Kate is
a native Pittsburgher, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Point Park
University and enjoys writing, singing and tutoring in her spare time.