Kayla King Scott, Public Relations Chair

Marketing@ulyppgh.org

Kayla Starr King Scott  is a Philadelphia native, Kayla attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Communications Media and a minor in Pre- Law. At IUP, she learned about public relations, project management and so much more all while working hard as the producer of show, The Underground, and becoming the voice of late night radio as DJ K Starr.

Since she was a little girl, she loved using her creativity with words and the glitz and glam of the celebrity lifestyle. This has helped her to be published in several newspaper outlets and national platforms such as HerCampus.com and SoulTrain.com

In her spare time, she loves music, books and movies. As the Chair of the Social Media Committee, she has the opportunity to hone her skills in what she loves to do: write and work with the media. Since joining ULYP she has realized just how big of an impact this movement is and  is excited to be apart of a movement that allows her to meet so many great people and grow both personally and professional.

Monique Smith, Professional Development Chair

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City of Pittsburgh native, Monique Smith, is an alumna of Carlow University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management. In 2014, Monique began her career in Human Services, as the Program Specialist of the Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. Monique has been dedicated to advocating for those in recovery by supporting and collaboratively organizing various community & departmental initiatives.

Outside of work, Monique is building & branding her event planning & coordination business, MoSFab Events and during her leisure time, she enjoys going to brunch, being a Mommy, a wife, & writing poetry.

Monique is eager to begin her journey with ULYP as the Professional Development Chair. As a Young Professional, she believes that when an individual begins to professionally develop at early stages of their career, it creates this desirable net worth, that shines as they reach the peak of their profession. Leadership is not a title, but an action. Monique is dedicated to encouraging members and the community to seek mentorship, encourage career planning & skill building, and providing career advancement resources.

Desmond Russell, Social & Cultural Chair

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There’s no telling what might be playing on Desmond’s stereo at any given time. You might hear Jazz Fusion, Contemporary Hip Hop, or even Comedy, variety keeps you well-rounded which Desmond lives by. Desmond Russell is an ideas guy who is also a doer, he uses his knack for creativity to aid in event-planning and self-motivation to drive him to serve the community.  As the Social & Cultural Committee Chair for Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh, Desmond is involved in developing events that get members and the community networking and engaged.  Much like his hobbies and interests, his work background has varied. Professionally, he works as an e-commerce Technical Lead for Philips Respironics. In that role, he helps to increase durable medical equipment sales online for our company. In the past, he has worked as a Health Educator for a Non-Profit and worked supporting county government administrative and information management efforts. Desmond has a Master’s in Computer Information Systems with a Concentration in Project Management from Boston University Metropolitan College and a degree in Business with a Concentration in Marketing from Hampton University. His overall goal through serving as ULYP’s Social and Cultural Chair is to build new partnerships amongst local organizations and foster networking throughout Pittsburgh.

Alex Jones, Community Service Chair

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Alex graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, a minor in Sociology and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. During her undergraduate career Alex was heavily involved in service, held the position as Resident Assistant for two years and had the privilege of serving on the Student Civic Engagement Council. She is currently serving as a Public Ally AmeriCorps Apprentice with Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh (RIF). At RIF Alex serves as a Literacy Outreach Coordinator helping inspire the love of reading in children all around the city of Pittsburgh.

Alex is also the Administrative Assistant at the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank. An organization dedicated to providing clean, dry diapers to families in need with the goal of eliminating diaper need in the region.

Serving as the Community Service Chair allows Alex to continue to learn about the many nonprofit organizations in the region as well as learn about communities from the people who live and work in them. She is excited to serve alongside the members of ULYP and continue to make a difference in the Greater Pittsburgh region!