PCRG Welcomes Executive Fellow Justin Belton

6 Nov

Justin has been at PCRG since September 18th, working as an Executive Ally through CORO Pittsburgh’s Public Allies program. Justin is currently developing both a capitalization plan as well as a communication plan for the Community Acquisition and Rehabilitation Loan (CARL). He is working closely with both PCRG’s Executive Director as well as Walter Burlack, the Executive Director of the Community Growth Fund.


Justin, where are you from?
I was born in Farmington, WV and moved to Morgantown to attend college where I stayed for 8 years before moving to Pittsburgh in the summer of 2016.

Tell us a little bit about your background:
I have an educational background in Geography, Landscape Architecture, and Communications. I’ve worked in public sector positions in the fields of environmental sustainability, community development, and project management. I’m also a two year member of Public Allies Pittsburgh where I’ve participated in professional development and social justice trainings and developed community-based events and initiatives.

What are you most excited to work on at PCRG?
I’m most excited to continue developing programs and projects to increase quality of life for residents of the Greater Pittsburgh Region as well as expand my geographical area of focus through partnerships with PCRG’s member organizations.

What are some of your hobbies?
In my spare time, I enjoy camping, whitewater rafting, developing my woodworking skills, exploring the city and country with my friends, and volunteering.

Tell us a fun fact about you:
I have a collection of rocks and of records. I won my 6th grade social studies fair and I’m currently on a mediocre kickball team.

What is something you love about Pittsburgh?
I enjoy the history and architecture of Pittsburgh as well as the strong base of grass-root organizations and foundations working to move Pittsburgh towards a future of justice, equality, and opportunity.