Quincy Kofi Swatson
Quincy Kofi Swatson is a social entrepreneur devoted to youth education and development through urban agriculture within the City of Pittsburgh. He has worked on community youth initiatives through various organizations such as the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, GTECH and Adonai Center while building his career in the non-profit sector.
Over the past several years, Quincy has served on the board of Grow Pittsburgh, NAACP, ReClaim Northside ambassador, serves as the One Young World Ambassador and graduated from the CORO Next leadership program. Recently, he was named “10 People to Meet” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2015 and was selected in the 2017 cohort of New Leaders Council.
Quincy went on to study psychology, focusing on the psychological effects of generational poverty on minority communities. During this time, he became frustrated with what he saw as the inequity of resources being offered to black youth that live in impoverished communities. His studies led him to realize that the barrier for success was a generation of kids not equipped with the tools necessary to succeed. Upon realizing that he wanted to become an agent of change in his community and beyond, Quincy got to work.
Community-minded and socially-motivated, Quincy started The Door Campaign in 2014 to foster the human capital of underprivileged youth. In honor of this milestone, Quincy cut off his signature dreadlocks to symbolize an “unlocking of doors”. Through this organization and other projects to follow he hopes to elevate the marginalized youth to positions of socio-economic importance and create a chain-effect that will benefit individuals and communities for years to come.
Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus
Cecilia is overjoyed to be Program Manager at The Door Campaign. Originally from Washington D.C. and 2017 graduate of Goshen College, Cecilia holds a BA in Environmental Science and Sustainability. At Goshen College, Cecilia strived to promote conversation and action on sustainability and climate justice by serving on the Ecological Stewardship Committee and leadership of EcoPAX environmental justice club and GCDivest fossil fuel divestment campaigns. Pursuing her long-time passion for the health of rivers, Cecilia has conducted year-round water quality monitoring in the Elkhart (Indiana) and Anacostia (DC & Maryland) rivers. In her home watershed (Chesapeake Bay), she has served as a stewardship intern with the Anacostia Watershed Society and a wetland restoration intern at the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation at Patuxent River Park. Cecilia is an enthusiast in many areas, including the urban environment, sustainability education, aquatic life, and growing and eating local food.
As Program Manager Cecilia can be found in our downtown office and many partner schools working to ensure the all-around success of TDC’s 3 programs.
Senior Site Coordinator
Ashley is a Pittsburgh native and graduated from Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA. After graduating, she started her professional career in events and was responsible for a wide range of duties including coordinating event logistics, supporting programs, managing correspondence, and publicizing events at the Pittsburgh Technology Council. This past summer, Ashley became an AmeriCorps KEYS Service Corps member and youth mentor.
As TDC’s Senior Site Coordinator, Ashley hopes to do her part to shine light on TDC’s mission by working with students and getting them excited about the future.
Curriculum and Community Outreach Coordinator, PULSE FEllow
Renee, a native of Georgetown, Guyana completed her undergraduate degree at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a major in Law and Society and a minor in Sociology. Renee joined the team as the Curriculum and Community Outreach Coordinator while serving as a PULSE Fellow. At John Jay College, she served as a peer advocate/mentor. The program promoted high graduation and retention rates for students of color. Renee was also a recipient of the Ron Moelis Fellowship which helped analyzed and solved social justice problems in her community (NYC). Throughout her college career, she always strived to find different ways to help the minority population.
La Tasha Hanner
La Tasha Hanner is a senior at La Roche College pursuing her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Graphic Design. Through Graphic Design, La Tasha utilizes her skills and innovative abilities to assist in meeting the creative needs of organizations. After completing her a summer graphic design internship with TDC in 2018, she is happy to be on board as a design consultant to support any design projects that are needed.
Amelia grew up right outside of Pittsburgh and has always enjoyed the culture and projects that downtown has to offer. A 2016 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Amelia has a degree in Applied Anthropology, minors in Spanish language and Latin American Studies, and had a personal focus in Sustainability. Amelia started her career with Youth Advocate Programs as a Truancy Advocate Specialist helping students and their families work with schools within Allegheny County.
Amelia works at Manchester Youth Development Center using aquaponics as an interactive system to equip students for their bright futures.
Ash Chan (she/they) is a Pittsburgh transplant by way of the Bay Area, where they practice as an organizer, educator, graphic designer, and maker. Ash is passionate about working with and creating positive learning, community and social spaces for young people to manifest their visions for the future, joy, creativity, and wellness. Prior to joining The Door Campaign, Ash has worked with many youth-serving organizations throughout Pittsburgh, including the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, STEMStars Project, SistahSpeak! Youth Project™& Assemble.
Nicole is a Pittsburgh native and is happy to be living in her hometown again. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Middle School Math and Science Education in 2015. For her honors thesis, Nicole is focused on community-connected learning. She taught middle school math for 2 years in Fairfax County, Virginia before making the leap across the world where she taught math in the United Kingdom for the 2017-2018 school year. Nicole also teaches in the STEM Stars program, educating middle school girls in conjunction with the YWCA and the Carnegie Science Center. She is interested in continuing her education with a master’s degree in educational policy in the near future.