Daren A. Ellerbee began her career at the University of Pittsburgh [Pitt] in July of 2017 as the director of the university’s first Community Engagement Center [CEC] in Homewood. Prior to this role, she was a Community Affairs & Equity Strategist for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.
As the Director of the CEC in Homewood, Ellerbee is charged with being “boots on the ground” representing Pitt and acting as a bridge between the community and the university. She interacts with various stakeholders from organizational heads and elected officials, to community leaders, activists and residents. Her role is very collaborative as she convenes and works alongside a 33-member Community Advisory Council who meet regularly to ensure that the CEC is tapped into the needs of the community.
Ellerbee was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Aliquippa, PA. She is a graduate of Aliquippa High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication & Rhetoric and Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Science degree in Communications and Information Systems from Robert Morris University. She is a member of Alpha Iota Mu, National Information Systems Honors Society and is very civically engaged. She is currently a member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation Board of Trustees, the President of the Robert Morris University Black Alumni Council, a member of the Pitt African American Alumni Council, and has mentored youth for 15 years.
Recently Ellerbee was featured on ImaginePittsburgh.com in their Meet the Neighbors section. She is a 2018 recipient of Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP’s 40 under 40 award, the 2013 recipient of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s FAB 40 Award, as well as, a recipient of the Mayor of Pittsburgh’s Citizen Service Award in which May 18, 2012 was named “Daren Ellerbee Day” in the City of Pittsburgh.
She currently resides in the North Side of Pittsburgh.