Laura Wiens, Director
Laura Wiens has been a member of the PPT board since 2013 and involved in its resident campaigns to restore bus service to transit deserts. She assumed the staff position in June 2017. Laura has her roots in labor organizing with Unite HERE, and draws from her experience recruiting and training leaders in the service industry to mobilize transit riders in the fight for equity, access and transparency within our public agencies. Laura believes in the collective power of people to transform their communities. In her free time, she sings with a jazz ensemble and plays with her infant son, Gabriel.
Joshua Malloy, Community Organizer
Joshua Malloy started his organizing career as a worker organizer with Hospital Workers Rising, an organization backed by SEIU. He worked toward giving workers a voice on the job and fair and equitable wages. He saw the effect that poverty racism and gentrification had on his community and he wanted to do something to address it. Now working with Pittsburghers for public transit he plans on continuing to fight to ensure that marginalized peoples voices are heard and respected.
Crystal Jennings, Housing/Transit Organizer
Crystal Jennings’ advocacy was born out of a personal struggle. “When my father got displaced, I [chose] to stand up and fight,” said Jennings, whose father lived at Penn Plaza in East Liberty before being evicted by LG Realty. As an organizer with Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition, Jennings helped mobilize residents and communicated with members of the media. She recently joined Pittsburghers for Public Transit as a housing/tenant organizer, where she engages riders and tenants in campaigns for affordable housing near transit and for improvements to public transportation. Jennings lives in Elliot.
Madeline Franke is a third year college student studying literature and anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Madeline is involved with United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), a student-labor solidarity group that is supporting workers at the university in their fight for $15. She started interning with PPT in May of 2016 and has been great at bringing her experience in student activism to her work here! Madeline works on research projects, community engagement, and is great at running workshops and trainings on campaign strategy and organizing.
PPT Coordinating Committee
Jonah McAllister-Erickson (chair)