Sabrina Saunders Mosby named CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh

SABRINA SAUNDERS MOSBY

by Rob Taylor Jr., Courier Staff Writer

Vibrant Pittsburgh, a nonprofit organization in our region, believes that a diverse workforce is essential to the ongoing economic vitality of the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Sabrina Saunders Mosby also believes that a diverse workforce is essential to the ongoing economic vitality of the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Seems like the perfect match.

Mosby, the former President and CEO of CORO Pittsburgh, was announced Oct. 31 as the new CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh, effective Nov. 18. And she told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview that she’s ready for it.

“I’ve learned that relationships are very important,” Mosby said. “In both my nonprofit and government background, I’ve been able to maintain and establish relationships. In a role like this one, that’s going to be very important. Also, to be able to come in and bring a certain level of understanding and savvy to establish new relationships and furthering diversity and inclusion efforts.”

SABRINA SAUNDERS MOSBY

“We are looking forward to our new CEO, Sabrina Mosby, joining us as we work in collaboration with her to further advance Vibrant Pittsburgh,” said board member Quintin B. Bullock, who is also president of Community College of Allegheny County.

Vibrant Pittsburgh was started in 2010 by Melanie Harrington to, in her words from a 2014 op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “coordinate a groundswell of efforts across the region intended to increase the diversity of the population and workforce so as to ensure our long-term economic competitiveness.”

“There’s competition for talent elsewhere,” Mosby told the Courier. “Pittsburgh is competing with a number of cities that are also looking for great talent.”

And Mosby wants to make sure that while Pittsburgh’s corporations, educational institutions and nonprofit entities lure the best qualified people to the area (or keep those who are already in Pittsburgh from leaving), those people should include more African Americans and other minorities.

SABRINA SAUNDERS MOSBY was a New Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40 under 40 honoree in 2010.

Mosby’s charge is to make sure companies in Pittsburgh “are ready to receive the diverse talent that the city needs to move forward.” But sometimes, she said, companies aren’t ready to have those types of sensitive conversations. After all, why would a company want to admit that they aren’t doing everything possible to have a diverse workforce?

“It’s important to have those conversations if we’re going to continue to move forward as a region,” Mosby told the Courier.

As President and CEO of the CORO Center for Civic Leadership, Mosby’s been lauded for successfully managing and cultivating local and federal grant opportunities, while raising funds for leadership development training, evaluation and capacity building projects for local organizations.

Prior to CORO, Mosby was executive director for Strong Women, Strong Girls, where she stabilized and streamlined operations, and rebuilt and expanded program staff structures and roles to improve the organization’s productivity and efficiency.

Mosby, 38, holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Edinboro University and a Master of Science in Professional Leadership from Carlow University. She graduated from Oakland Catholic High School in 1999.

Mosby was also a member of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Fab 40 under 40 in 2010.

 

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