Shenay Jeffrey, President

Shenay Jeffrey is the Outreach Coordinator at the office of PittServes at the University of Pittsburgh. In this role she is  responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with community partners who are interested in providing service opportunities to students. Shenay was born in Georgetown Guyana and attended secondary school in Nassau Bahamas. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from the University of Pittsburgh and Master’s degree in Public Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.

As an active member of the Pittsburgh community, Shenay holds leadership positions in local organizations such as Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) and New Voices for Reproductive Justice.

Shenay is also an alumna of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation 2015 Health Innovator’s Fellowship and the Fast Track Social Justice Fellow with Get Involved Inc! In 2016, Shenay was named a Western PA Rising Star and received the Iris Marion Young leadership award for social justice from the University of Pittsburgh. She was also featured in the American Dream series from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Shenay’s  favorite thing about being a part of this organization is the relationships she has gained. Through her membership she have cultivate meaningful relationships that have resulted in career development and personal friendships. She could not have achieve this moments in life without Urban Young Professionals.

Candice Robinson, Vice President

Candice C. Robinson is a K. Leroy Irvis fellow and Doctoral Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Sociology. She received her B.A. from Hampton University and her M.A. from the University of Iowa, both in sociology. Candice’s current research observes how volunteering as a form of civic engagement is an integral part of the Black Middle Class Millennial identity. In addition to her research, Candice has presented on the importance of networking and developing community as a Black Woman in Academia. Her research interests have afforded her the opportunity to do some of her favorite things as part of work: tweet (@SocScholarCR), travel internationally, develop relationships with scholars from all backgrounds, and discuss the importance of organizations like the National Urban League.

She joined ULYP of Greater Pittsburgh in the Fall 2015 after moving to Pittsburgh as a way to engage with the city outside of the University and to meet like minded individuals dedicated to local communities. Since joining she has served on the civic engagement and public relations committees. Her favorite events are volunteering for Halloween Mayhem at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh and the National Urban League’s Annual Legislative Policy Conference in Washington D.C.

Breanna Benjamin, Secretary

Breanna Benjamin is a native of Monticello, FL. She graduated with both her Bachelors and Masters in the field of Social Work. She attained her BSW from the illustrious Florida A&M University and her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh with her concentration being in Community Organizing and Social Action.

She is currently a Service Coordinator at the County’s Department of Human Services where she helps connect consumers to resources out in the community. She developed a passion for community service during her senior year in high school where she volunteered at her local Senior Citizen Center. There, she began to see a lack of resources available for her local community. As a result, she saw volunteering as way to give back by not only creating a tangible difference, but also bridging inter-generations of people.

Breanna is also a member of the Civic Engagement Committee. She believes that the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh will serve as a catalyst for empowering community change.

Les Scales, Treasurer

Les Anton Scales is Vice President, Commercial Banking Relationship Manager for the Western Pennsylvania region at Key Bank, N.A. He is responsible for servicing and expanding existing and new Middle Market client relationships with annual revenues ranging from $10 million to $500 million and credit/borrowing needs of $5 million to $50 million. His primary goal is to help companies and organizations solve business problems and generate new ideas using banking products and services. Scales is also an active citizen in his church and community. While
building a career in the banking industry, Scales also serves as the Executive Minister for the Union Baptist Church of Swissvale. His primary responsibilities include ensuring the operational readiness of the church through leadership and oversight of the support staff performing duties in administration, finance, strategy, human resources and facilities management. He also serves as a board member for the Rankin Christian Center and Reach Up, Inc. and is the treasurer for the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh.

Scales graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Theology degree with an emphasis in Christian Ethics, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in December with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Finance and a certificate in Leadership and Ethics. Scales is a member of the International Honors Society Beta Gamma Sigma and recipient of the CBA Alumni Council Leadership Award, the Roberto Clemente Minority Business Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the National Black MBA Association Pittsburgh Chapter’s Leadership Award, the Western Pennsylvania Rising Stars Award, Pittsburgh Courier’s Fab 40 Award, and the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh’s Urban Empowerment Award.

Keyva Clark, Parliamentarian

Keyva Clark currently works as the Special Assistant to the Mayor of Pittsburgh. This coming Spring she will begin 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 be 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 office herself. Outside of ULYP Clark is active board member for Women and Girls Foundation Influential Leaders Board and the board of directors for Emerge Pennsylvania. In her spare time Clark enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling. Clark joined YP because when I arrived here in Pittsburgh it was my first interaction with other young professionals striving to be a part of something bigger then just us.