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JENN BEER
PRESIDENT & CEO
BIOGRAPHY AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Jenn Beer joined Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (LPInc.) as President & CEO on June 13, 2022.

Prior to that she served the region for fifteen years at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development where she most recently was vice president for government affairs.  In that capacity, she supported the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce by directing state and regional public policy issues that aligned with the strategic priorities of the organization.  She was instrumental in the efforts to secure state public pension reform, increase tax credits for community development initiatives, garner comprehensive state transportation funding, and numerous other business climate and local government initiatives.  Jenn has been a re-occurring guest representing the business community on “Our Region’s Business”, a weekly Sunday-morning business affairs program co-produced by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and WPXI-TV. 

Before joining the Conference, Jenn spent four years in Washington, D.C. as government affairs manager with the Society of Interventional Radiology, and previous to that she was a legislative assistant for Pennsylvania State Representative Dan Frankel. 

Jenn graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a concentration in Russian Studies.  She also has a Graduate Certificate in Political Management from The George Washington University.  Also a proud graduate of LPInc.’s Leadership Development Initiative (Class XVII), the program was a catalyst for Jenn’s career and solidified her passion for working to make the Pittsburgh region a better place.

Recently appointed to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, the Pittsburgh region’s metropolitan planning organization, Jenn also sits on the board of directors for the Local Government Academy, Trying Together, and is on the host committee for the Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Award.  She also mentors women in the region through PA Women Work’s “Three Cups of Coffee” program. 

In the spring of 2022 Jenn was honored as one of forty women across Pennsylvania by City & State PA with their Above & Beyond Award, given to the most influential women in Pennsylvania that have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their field, combined with having made significant contributions to society. 

Jenn lives with her husband, two kids and dog in Mt. Lebanon.

EMAIL: Jenn@lpinc.org 

PHONE: 412-392-4517

KRISSY DESHETLER, LDI XXIV
SENIOR MANAGER, OUTREACH AND INITIATIVES
BIOGRAPHY AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Krissy DeShetler joined the LPI team in November, 2018 and serves as Senior Manager, Outreach and Initiatives.

Krissy brings more than fifteen years of experience in nonprofit administration and management.  Prior to joining Leadership Pittsburgh, Krissy spent nine years at Family House where she held a few different positions.  Most recently her role was Shared Services Manager and included overseeing IT for five locations and approximately 50 staff members; processing deposits and payroll; supervising the processing of accounts payable and donations; creating organizational reports and managing several other technology and operations related projects.  Prior to moving into the Shared Services Manager position, her primary focus was in development working to streamline data entry and reporting in The Raiser’s Edge database system, overseeing the organization’s website and managing direct mail and newsletter campaigns.  Krissy has served as a Raiser’s Edge consultant for the Jewish Association on Aging and a few other organizations.  

Before moving back to Pittsburgh in 2009, Krissy spent six years working at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD where she held various positions including Development Events Coordinator, Assistant Director of Development and Business Manager.  Krissy holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.  Prior to her career transitioning more towards nonprofit administration and management, Krissy had worked in a variety of local and regional theatres in positions ranging from stage manager and production manager to wardrobe crew and light/sound board operator.

Krissy is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative program.  As a member of LDI XXIV Krissy helped with the planning and installation of the Inside Out photo project as part of LDI XXIV’s PopUp! Pittsburgh event. 

Krissy has presented conference sessions related to technology at both the Bayer Center’s TechNow conference and the Healthcare Hospitality Network annual conference and had an article about Family House’s transition to a cloud-based network system featured by NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network).

Krissy is a founding board member and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mon River Arts in Elizabeth, PA.  Krissy also served as a volunteer and board member for Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW) in Greenbelt, MD.

Krissy grew up in South Park and currently resides in Jefferson Hills with her husband, George, and their seven-year-old son.

EMAIL: Krissy@lpinc.org 

PHONE: 412-392-2248

JASMINE MORRIS OPERATIONS MANAGER
BIOGRAPHY AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Jasmine Morris serves as Operations Manager to LPI, managing many key operations of the organization.  Additionally, Jasmine provides support to the board of directors as well as the marketing and recruitment efforts for Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. and its programs. Previous to her current role, Jasmine served as Program Manager for the Community Leadership Course for Veterans (CLCV). Prior to her role as Program Manager, Jasmine served as Programs Associate supporting the Leadership Pittsburgh (LP) program and other strategic initiatives, as well as worked closely with “Executive Welcome”, a key program presented in partnership with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.  Jasmine joined the LPI team in 2013 as Office Coordinator.

Before joining the Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. team, Jasmine served as Administrative Coordinator at Hilltop Community Childcare Center in the Knoxville neighborhood where she grew up.  Jasmine managed all office operations, as well as assisted in classrooms of various age groups.  She obtained a number of Early Childhood Education related certifications and worked vigorously to ensure that the facility met all requirements for top accreditations. Jasmine served as a liaison for childcare funding and food program sources and was responsible for enrolling all children and families into the center and affiliated programs. 

Jasmine holds a B.A. in Professional Communication and Business Marketing from Chatham University.  A Pittsburgh native, Jasmine attended Schenley High School and was among the first class of high school graduates to receive a Pittsburgh Promise scholarship award. Jasmine remains involved with the Pittsburgh Promise as a founding member of the Promise Legacy Alumni Association.

EMAIL: Jasmine@lpinc.org 

PHONE: 412-392-4505

SHAWNA GUGLIUZZA ASSISTANT PROGRAM MANAGER
BIOGRAPHY AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Shawna Gugliuzza is currently Assistant Program Manager for Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (LPI), our region’s premiere resource for community leadership. In her role, Shawna supports the Program Director with the organization and implementation of LPI’s flagship program, Leadership Pittsburgh (LP), a 10-month program connecting senior-level leaders to civic issues and to a broad network of influencers in the region. She maintains primary responsibility for the logistical management of monthly sessions, she assists with the day-to-day management of each year’s LP participants, and she provides support to several other LPI strategic initiatives, including The Leader’s Brain. Prior to her current role, Shawna served as Programs Associate and provided support for Leadership Development Initiative (LDI), LPI’s program for high potential young professionals, as well as maintained responsibility for many key operations of the organization including providing financial administrative support for the tuition-based programs. Shawna joined the LPI team in the summer of 2013.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Shawna graduated from Carrick High School and is a proud Pittsburgh Promise Alumna. After graduating from Carrick, Shawna attended Slippery Rock University for two years before transferring to Penn State University, Greater Allegheny where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. While attending Penn State, Shawna tutored students at a local intermediate school, middle school and high school through Penn State’s Educational Partnership Program and was also involved with Penn State’s Psychology Club. Throughout college, Shawna also worked part-time as a server for Brookdale Senior Living at The Devonshire of Mt. Lebanon. During the summer of 2012, Shawna had the opportunity to study abroad in London, England where she interned with the area’s leading provider of voluntary sector mental health services, City and Hackney Mind and I.R.I.E. Mind. Before joining the LPI Team, Shawna interned with The Pittsburgh Promise and continues to support their mission as a founding member and former events chair of Promise Legacy, The Pittsburgh Promise's Alumni Association.

Shawna is a devoted fan of all things Pittsburgh, especially sports, and has a passion for traveling, animals and dance. She has been dancing for most of her life and is actively involved with Co. Motion independent competitive dance team as a Head Instructor.

In her free time, Shawna enjoys reading, camping and spending time with her family, friends and fur-babies.

EMAIL: Shawna@lpinc.org 

PHONE: 412-392-4503

SARAH JUGOVIC  PROGRAMS & OUTREACH COORDINATOR
BIOGRAPHY AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Sarah Jugovic joined the LPI team January 2021, and serves as the Outreach and Programs Coordinator.

As the Outreach and Program Coordinator, Sarah provides support for both the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) and Community Leadership Course for Veterans (CLCV) programs. In addition, she develops communication materials and coordinates event logistics to engage LPInc. alumni through outreach such as the Annual Champagne Champagne Lunch and Alumni Connection Event, while maintaining the Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.'s social media channels.

Prior to her current role, Sarah spent over 5 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in various roles after starting with the team as an intern in the Community Relations department. She primarily worked with Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the MLB team, to execute fundraising activities, grant distributions, and programming that improved the lives of children and adults in the greater Pittsburgh region.

In addition, Sarah also spent time with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership as their Member Relations Manager. She was responsible for planning and implementing programs and projects that engaged members, cultivated new members, and enhanced volunteer participation.

Sarah’s experience in the nonprofit community started in 2014 when she assisted Bike Pittsburgh in their efforts to host the first ever Women and Biking Forum, now known as the Women & Non-Binary Bike Summit.

She holds a B.A. in both Communications and Media Arts with a minor in Public Relations from Chatham University. Sarah is a proud Girl Scout Gold Awardee and Chatham Alumna - having previously served as the first Young Alumni Trustee on the Chatham University Board of Trustees. When Sarah isn’t touring the city by bike, she’s tending to her plot at the community garden, or kayaking the Three Rivers.

EMAIL: Sarah@lpinc.org