LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill has nearly 8 years of experience in youth development, government, and education. In her most recent role, she served as the Deputy Chief of Education in the Office of the Mayor William Peduto for the City of Pittsburgh. As the liaison for education and economic recovery initiatives, LaTrenda’s portfolio included ensuring that all Pittsburghers have equitable access to quality both pre-k experiences and summer learning activities. She has helped to transform summer youth employment in the region, growing it from a 1 million dollar program to a 5 million dollar regional investment. She has led the City of Pittsburgh’s involvement in two initiatives of the Obama administration, My Brother’s Keeper and TechHire. And, in 2016 she worked with Allegheny Partners for Out of School time, and a host of other partners, to help connect 16,000 youth in Pittsburgh to summer activities with the Summer 16 campaign.
LaTrenda earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA from Carlow University. Her professional experience includes work in youth development, social services, and communications. LaTrenda has had the honor of presenting at the Congressional Black Caucus Conference in DC as well as interviewing the Mayor of Ottawa, and the Governor of Bangkok at the One Young World Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. She has been recognized by Whirl Magazine as one of Pittsburgh’s top 13 under 30, and by both the New Pittsburgh Courier and Pittsburgh Magazine as one of the region’s top leaders under 40. She serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children, and as an executive committee member for Partner for Work. She also is an active volunteer with the Bartko Foundation.