Heinz College Alumni Recognized at 40 Under 40 Awards

Nov 09, 2012


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The annual 40 Under 40 Awards were held in Pittsburgh on November 2nd and three of Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College alumnae were honored at the event.  Among the 40 exceptional individuals recognized were Kathryn Heidemann, a Masters of Arts Management (MAM '04) alumna and current MAM program director; Allison Sanders, a MAM '04 alumna; and Julie Butcher Pezzino, a Masters of Science in Public Policy & Management (MSPPM '09) alumna.

Kathryn Heidemann (pictured left) is a senior arts management professional with fifteen years of field experience in arts programming, marketing, education, festival operations, nonprofit management and fundraising, currently serving as the Director of the MAM program at Carnegie Mellon University. Through her multi-faceted role, Kathryn oversees the arts management curriculum and its faculty, spearheads the MAM program team and its agenda, cultivates strategic partnerships with the local, national and international arts community, and advises Technology in the Arts, a research initiative exploring best practices in arts management and technology. She also leads the dual degree partnership with the University of Bologna’s Graduate Degree in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts (GIOCA) program in Italy.

Allison Sanders (pictured center) is currently the Membership Manager of the Frick Art & Historical Center where she has increased membership by 54.2% during her first 16 months there.  She is also responsible for the creation of a moves management system to successfully increase members and donors to higher levels of giving.  Previously she has served as the Director of Development for both the Western PA Humane Society and the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.  Next year she’ll be serving as the President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Julie Butcher Pezzino (pictured right) is the Executive Director of Grow Pittsburgh; an urban agriculture nonprofit based in Pittsburgh, PA. The organization promotes food production and education in the region through the development of urban farms and gardens; an Edible Schoolyard program for children; agriculture based, educational employment opportunities for youth and gardening class offerings for adults. Since Julie began managing the organization, Grow Pittsburgh’s budget and staff has more than doubled due to overwhelming demand for its services and programs.

The awards, sponsored by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP), recognize 40 people under the age of 40 who are committed to shaping the Pittsburgh region and making it a better place for residents and visitors.

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