2021 40 Under 40 Honoree: Aleya Crable Jennings
“My goal is to make sure that, if there are other women or women of color in these spaces, they are supported and they have the tools they need to be successful.”
At work and in the community, Aleya Jennings focuses on supporting and empowering young women — particularly women of color — to achieve, personally and professionally. As the only Black woman in leadership at the advertising firm Gatesman Agency, she founded the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Caucus.
“I understand the power of advocacy, and I understand what it’s like being an underrepresented person in these spaces,” she says. “My goal is to make sure that, if there are other women or women of color in these spaces, they are supported and they have the tools they need to be successful.”
She’s also vice chair of Strong Women, Strong Girls and volunteers with the Pittsburgh Women’s Alliance. In 2020, she launched Voices of Gun Violence Survivors; the web-based project is dedicated to preserving the presence and voices of, and providing resources for, those who have lost loved ones to gun violence. After her brother, Arron Crable, was killed in 2012, she sought to “reframe our stories to put those victims in the light that we saw, not necessarily the light that the media put them in.”