2020 40 Under 40 Honoree: Natalie Bencivenga
“What message do I want to put in front of people that they’re not going to get anywhere else?
For years, Natalie Bencivenga was known for writing the SEEN column for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where she not only showcased the city’s galas and glamour but also the good work of those engaged in creating more vibrant communities.
Leaving that role in the spring has offered Bencivenga the freedom to focus on what she believes she does best: “inspire, educate and activate.”
Among her many ongoing projects are a series of stories for Table Magazine that focuses on food equity and insecurity and “Alone Together Pittsburgh,” a live, streaming talk show that connects the city’s artists, musicians and performers during the lonely days of the pandemic.
“I believe in centering the voices of people who are not me, who don’t look like me,” she says. “I always ask ‘what message do I want to put in front of people that they’re not going to get anywhere else?’”