Daren A. Ellerbee began her career with the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 as the inaugural Director of Pitt’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.
In her role as Director of the CEC in Homewood, she is described as the architect behind the University’s engagements in the community charged with being “boots on the ground” representing Pitt, and acting as a bridge furthering connections between the community and the university. Ellerbee 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 Community Advisory Council who meet regularly to ensure that the CEC’s work is in alignment with the community’s vision for itself.
Ellerbee is a Pittsburgh native. She 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. Currently, Ellerbee is earning a doctorate in Urban Education for Pitt’s School of Education. She is a member of Alpha Iota Mu, National Information Systems Honors Society and is very civically engaged. Ellerbee is a founding member of the Robert Morris University Black Alumni Council. She also serves on the regional advisory board member for WHAM global, is an advisory board member for The Black Urban Gardeners of Pittsburgh, and continues to be a dedicated mentor for at-risk youth.
Acknowledgements for Ellerbee include being named by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP as one of their 40 Under 40 in 2018. She is a 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.