Nathan Darity, Executive Director of The Global Switchboard
Nathan Darity completed his graduate studies in public health and international development before beginning his work with Amizade Global Service Learning in 2009 as their site director in Brazil. In this role as Project Director, Nathan designed health science programs, oversaw Brazil site development, and led a variety of Pittsburgh-based initiatives. In 2014, Nathan served as Project Manager of The Global Switchboard, before becoming the Executive Director in 2016. Nathan is active with the Office of the Mayor for the City of Pittsburgh as a member of the Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Council, and in 2015 was selected to help plan the Pittsburgh 200th Anniversary Celebration. In addition to his work with civic and global engagement, Nathan is the host and organizer of CreativeMornings Pittsburgh, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community.
Laura Amster, Operations Manager of The Global Switchboard
Laura Amster is the Program Manager for The Global Switchboard where she spends her day working with students and teachers to foster global awareness. She aids teachers in planning activities on global issues for students throughout Western Pennsylvania, engages community members in discussions on globalization, and prepares students for experiential learning simulations. A graduate of University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of the Arts in Economics, Laura understands the impact of globalization for Pittsburgh’s next generation. When not serving the community at TGS, Laura enjoys exploring Pittsburgh’s many diverse neighborhoods and spending time with her cat.
Alaa Mohamed, Program Coordinator of The Global Switchboard
Alaa Mohamed is the Program Coordinator during her year of service at Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE). In 2012 Alaa came to Pittsburgh by way of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania as a student at the University of Pittsburgh. Alaa received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Philosophy in Global Studies in 2016. While completing her courses, she established both her love of Pittsburgh and service when she co-founded Project Potter, a philanthropic service organization that uses youth passion for the Harry Potter series to encourage college students’ investment in their local community via fundraising and volunteering. Alaa developed her global interests when she had the opportunity to travel to Egypt and interview Egyptian women for her thesis on female genital mutilation. Her passion for Pittsburgh, service, and global engagement led to her placement at The Global Switchboard. In her downtime Alaa enjoys reading, binge-watching TV, and sleeping.