In the News

In the News


Have you seen Wonderwoman yet?! Listen to Monica gush about women in film… then hear Marita’s conversation with another wonder woman, Betty Cruz, founder of Change Agency! This month is Immigrant Heritage Month, so they chat about being the first in her Cuban American family to be born in the US and the immigrant experience of her family. She touches on the boldness and bravery it takes to move to a new country, struggles with school, working for the Mayor, and balancing work and life.



From Other to Us showcases real experiences from our local immigrant communities, lifting up local best practices and champions who are transforming our region into a place where all our residents have a sense of belonging. Angelica Ocampo, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, shares her motivation and take on moving to Pittsburgh from Argentina.



In 2016, Betty Cruz launched Change Agency, a social enterprise to elevate civic initiatives including implementation of a countywide community-designed immigrant integration plan that exists independent of government. Originally from Miami, Betty is the daughter of Cuban refugees and knows first-hand the challenges immigrants face seeking to establish a better tomorrow. She is a first-generation college graduate and  was recently selected as one 40 attendees to the Next City’s 2017 Vanguard conference in Montreal. Betty talked to us about her work helping immigrants feel more welcome in Pittsburgh, made more daunting by the 2016 presidential election.




What’s New in Aging: An update on the Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh initiative,” by Gary Rotstein | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How This Big City Is Becoming Age-Friendly,” by Laura Poskin | Next Avenue

How seniors in Allegheny County combat social isolation,” by Martha Rial | Public Source

To build an inclusive smart city, look through an age-friendly lens,” by Katie Pyzyk | Smart Cities Dive

Growing Older — and Designing Smarter,” by Laura Poskin | American Planning Association

“The Crossings: Bloomfield” (Video) | Lively Pittsburgh

Playing our way to safety,” by Shayna Gleason | Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative

“‘Crossings: Bloomfield’ advocates for safe crosswalks,” by Andrew McKeon | Bloomfield-Garfield Bulletin

Video of Launch Press Conference | City Channel Pittsburgh

Age-Friendly Pittsburgh: Action plan aims to make this a better place to grow old,” by Gary Rotstein | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As Pittsburgh’s Population Ages, A Push To Make The City More Senior-Friendly,” by Kathleen J. Davis | WESA

Age-Friendly Program Aims to Build Generational Inclusiveness,” by Neil Strebig | Northside Chronicle