Keyva Clark, President

Keyva Clark is the Communication Analysts in the office of Mayor William Peduto. In the Mayor’s office, Clark serves as the official liaison to the Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council, where she formally was a council member herself. Recently Clark began her Masters in Public Management at Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

Clark moved to Pittsburgh in 2015 to participate in Coro as a Fellow in Public Affairs. Since completing Coro she has gone on to work for, For Our Future Fund as a Regional Field Director in Allegheny County, Communications Coordinator at E-Holdings, and most recently the Campaign Manager for Pittsburgh’s Mayor Peduto. Clark is set on eventually running for public office herself. Clark is an active board member for Women and Girls Foundation Influential Leaders Board, Former Parliamentarian and current President of the Urban League Young Professionals, and a board of directors member for Emerge Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Clark enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling.

Monique Smith, Vice President

City of Pittsburgh native, Monique Smith, is an alumna of Carlow University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and recent graduate of the CORO Women in Leadership Program. 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, & journaling.

Monique is eager to continue growing with ULYP as the Vice President. 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. Monique is dedicated to encouraging members and the community to seek mentorship, encourage career planning & skill building, and providing career advancement resources. Leadership is not a title, but an action and she is dedicated to the The Movement and the continuous development of our members.

Oliver Beasley, Treasurer

Oliver Beasley was born and raised in Pittsburgh’s Northside, and is dedicated to making Pittsburgh a livable city for all backgrounds and demographics. Oliver knew at a young age his life goal would be to serve his community. This realization of his calling at such a young age has led to 16 impressive years of community service. He’s a product of Pennsylvania’s educational system, having gone to Pittsburgh Public Schools, Slippery Rock University for an undergraduate degree in Finance, and Villanova University for a Masters of Public Administration. Oliver currently serves as a Policy Analyst of the Office of Mayor Bill Peduto. In this role, he researches and analyzes policies and best practices regarding to economic, community, and workforce development to name a few.

Outside of work, community involvement continues to be at the forefront of Oliver’s social activities. Oliver enjoys volunteering within his community. His volunteer activities include serving food at food banks, mentoring middle school students, and assisting with the planning of activities for seniors at the Hill House Senior Center. Oliver is content serving the rest of his life for the continued education and advancement of marginalized communities.

Adia Effiong, Parliamentarian

Currently serves as Director of School Garden Programs at Grow Pittsburgh. She leads a team of dynamic educators and managers that are currently work in 36 schools across the Pittsburgh region.

Adia holds a B.A. in Health Services from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.Ed in Health Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Her background is in public health and she has served as a member of the Pittsburgh Health Corps, Community Health Advisor in Peace Corps Malawi and in the Allegheny County Health Department as a Public Health Program Representative.

She was born in Pittsburgh but grew up in Harrisburg, PA where she ran her family’s child care business for five years after graduating from Pitt. Her passion for health, education and love for people have been the constant thread woven throughout her work. When she is not traveling she enjoys cooking, playing in the Steel City Kickers Kickball league, DIY projects, serving as the youth coordinator for her church Pentecostal Temple where she tutors middle school students and facilitating a Diabetes Prevention Program through the YMCA.

Joining YP in 2017 as a way to connect with other young professionals and for opportunities to volunteer impact her community. As part of the membership committee Adia has implemented systems to help support the organization.