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.