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Robert Bryant and Cassandra Scanlon join PULSE!

Robert is the Recruiting and Partnership Associate while Cassie is serving at the Marketing and Communications Associate.  We are delighted to have both of them provide much needed support over the spring.  Both have tremendous gifts and talents and we are excited to see the ways that they will continue to enhance the PULSE program.

Check out their bios below and give them a warm PULSE welcome.


Robert Bryant makes every attempt to couple his passion for knowledge about the world with a commitment to service in his local community. He currently lives in East Liberty and is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). At GSPIA, Robert focuses on human security and Russian studies, and also takes part in the Johnson Institute’s Leadership Portfolio Program, through which he serves on the board of directors at The Global Switchboard. Originally from the Charlottesville region of Virginia, Robert received a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and French from James Madison University. After his undergraduate studies, Robert taught English for a year in Nantes, France. He then worked as a business analyst in Frederick, Maryland, where he supported procurement professionals at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and volunteered as an ESL instructor for local immigrants. Robert is eager to serve in the Pittsburgh community by supporting PULSE’s mission to foster youth leadership and community engagement.




Cassandra Scanlon first realized her passion for service in high school participating in her school’s Interact Club. She is currently a sophomore studying International Relations and Professional Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. At Carnegie Mellon, she has further her passion for service by participating in Carnegie Mellon’s Fostering Opportunites for Refugee and Empowerment Club and serving as a philanthropy chair for her sorority.  She is also involved in Moot Court, a staff writer for The Tartan, and a member of genUN United Nations Association. As a native Pittsburgher, she has worked with several Pittsburgh non-profits and loves seeing how PULSE  helps better her community.



PULSE Fellow Video Story – Ashish Bibireddy

Meet Ashish. Upon graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Ashish wanted to explore an intersection between his passions in wellness and community.  Ashish was seeking an opportunity to positively impact others while also experience growth as an individual.  Ashish chose a year of service with PULSE. 

Ashish is learning how communities thrive when empowered to reach their full potential together.  Through his nonprofit partner, Ashish implements wellness programs with local leaders empowering communities across Pittsburgh. At home, on the Northside of Pittsburgh, Ashish finds strength in the mutual respect he shares with his neighbors and fellow PULSE participants for the overall growth of the community.

Ashish has chosen to serve, live, and grow in community with others to bring about a positive collective impact in Pittsburgh.  PULSE understands this passion to serve today will make a lasting change in Pittsburgh communities and beyond for the future.

Join us at the Recruiting Open House January 30th

Interested in becoming a PULSE fellow?

Join us for a PULSE Open House to chat with current PULSE fellows about how you can serve, live, and grow with PULSE during a year of service and leadership!  This FREE event is a casual opportunity to learn more about PULSE, meet current PULSE fellows, check out one of the PULSE houses, and enjoy great food and drink.

RSVP Today!

East End – RSVP

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: PULSE Stanton House, 5615 Stanton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Nonprofit Partner Info Session January 31st


Nonprofit professionals:  Please join us for lunch, networking, an overview of PULSE and the specifics of a PULSE nonprofit partnership.

On 1/31/18 from 12-1pm, PULSE will be having another prospective nonprofit partner info session at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. To attend this lunch and info session, please RSVP

If you have any questions about a partnership with PULSE, please contact Amanda Duncan at or 412-361-0124.

PULSE fellows serve eleven months from the beginning of September to the beginning of August, 35 hours/week, building capacity, tackling large scale projects and helping your organization succeed.

For the past 23 years, PULSE has invited about 250 talented university graduates to partner with over 125 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 400,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.





Come to the PULSE Holiday Party

Stanton Ave House 2 with textPULSE Holiday Party. Come one, come all to a night of celebration and fun at the  PULSE Stanton House!

Enjoy food, drinks and great conversation with PULSE fellows, alumni, board and staff. All are invited to attend this event to celebrate the holidays and get to know PULSE. Invite a Friend.

This event will also signify the last day of our final mortgage payment is made on the PULSE Stanton House and we will be debt-free. So, come and raise a glass with us!

Learn more about our fellows and nonprofit partnersthis year!

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Location: 5615 Stanton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

RSVP. Please get your free tickets here.

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