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 excited to join the vibrant Pittsburgh scene by serving as The Door Campaign’s Program Coordinator and PULSE Fellow. A Washington D.C. native and 2017 graduate of Goshen College, Cecilia holds a BA in Environmental Science/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 coordinator, Cecilia can be found in our downtown office and many partner schools working to ensure the all-around success of the aquaponics sustainability program.
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 Brashear High School, primarily with ESL classes, using aquaponics as an interactive system to equip students for their bright futures.
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.
Ashley works at Propel Braddock Hills Middle School and Perry High School. Ashley hopes to do her part to shine light on TDC’s mission by working with students and getting them excited about the future.
Kevin Smith-Mahdi is a Pittsburgh native born and raised in Manchester. He graduated from Perry High School and is currently attending Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) pursuing an associate's degree. After CCAC, Kevin hopes to transfer to Pitt or Duquesne to join their pre-Med program and become a surgeon. In his free time Kevin loves to be involved in sports whether he's playing or helping coach. He plays semi-pro football in the summer time to stay active.
Kevin works at his alma maters, Perry High School and Manchester Academic Charter School teaching about aquaponics. He is excited to spend time with students and teachers in the classroom.
Sandy is new to Pittsburgh and has loved getting to explore this exciting city. She is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati with degrees in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. During her short time in Pittsburgh so far she has worked with CCI, an environmental consulting non-profit, where she worked to weatherize low income homes and plan/run energy education events.
Sandy works at Environmental Charter School and Schiller STEAM Academy where she strives to fight inequity, empower youth, educate for the future, and geek out with excitement over how cool plants and natural science are.