Michelle Stewart named new head of Homewood CEC

Pitt’s Community Engagement Center in Homewood has a new leader — Michelle Stewart, who was born and raised in the neighborhood.

“My experiences in this community allow me to take an authentic approach to the work in this position,” Stewart said. “When I'm reaching out to people in the community and building relationships, I can authentically speak to what the community’s needs are and what residents have experienced or gone through”

Stewart succeeds Darren Ellerbee in the Homewood job. Ellerbe is now the inaugural director of Pitt’s new University Academic Outreach Center in January.

Stewart most recently worked as an administrator in education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in community ministry from Geneva College and her master’s degree in education from Carlow University. She also earned her PA Instructional Certification and K-12 PA Administrative Certification through the Principal Preparation Program at Robert Morris University.