Pittsburgh Magazine 40 Under 40 Honoree Josiah Gilliam To Lead PUMP

The new director will continue PUMP’s vision to make Pittsburgh the most dynamic and diverse city.
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PUMP, a membership organization that serves Pittsburgh’s young people, has appointed Josiah Gilliam as its new executive director after a national search. 

Gilliam most recently served as the special initiatives coordinator in Mayor Ed Gainey’s Administration where he aimed to improve food equity, workforce development, youth in education and Downtown as a neighborhood. Gilliam, a Penn State graduate, also served as coordinator for My Brother’s Keeper and as a program manager for MBK through his role at Homewood Children’s Village, where he worked on an initiative with the Sprout Fund and The Heinz Endowments. 

Gilliam was PUMP and Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40 honoree in 2017 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2019, most recently as vice chair and chair of the public policy and advocacy committee. 

Gilliam’s vision for PUMP is to engage the broader Pittsburgh community and best position the organization for a new era through meaningful events, programs and causes, a press release from PUMP reads. 

“That is what fosters a sense of place and community. When folks decide to stay in the region, it often comes down to knowing they’re valuable, plugged in, and making a difference. And that’s where I think PUMP can be a force of good,” Gilliam said in the press release. 

PUMP plans to continue educating, engaging, and mobilizing all young people to make a change and create a dynamic and diverse community through signature programs like Pittsburgh Sports League, Kickball for a Cause and Steel City World Cup

“PUMP is doing a lot of amazing work in Pittsburgh. Our priority is to engage our network and the broader Pittsburgh community about the organization’s future and determine how to best position PUMP for an exciting new era. Thanks to the team and board, we survived the tough first years of the pandemic and still made great strides programmatically, in particular, our increased focus on civic engagement and voting. Organizationally, we must continue to take the lessons of Covid seriously and deliver excellent and impactful experiences, build out additional partnerships and programs, invest in organizational resilience and grow our capacity,” Gilliam added. 

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