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Shanicka Kennedy named as one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 16, 2012 — Burns White Transportation Associate Shanicka L. Kennedy was named as one of this year’s 40 Under 40 by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project for her commitment to shaping the Pittsburgh region and making it a better place for everyone.

For nearly 20 years, Ms. Kennedy, an advocate for the underprivileged, has worked in various roles that have allowed her to make a significant impact on the personal lives of youths and adults in the Pittsburgh region. Highlights of her current involvement include:

  • Board Member: City of Pittsburgh Ethics Hearing Board: Here she assesses citizen complaints brought under the Ethics Code, advises city employees on the application of the Ethics Code, and works with the city’s personnel department to promote a comprehensive program of Ethics training.
  • Board Member, Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA): Shanicka initially became acquainted with this organization that provides civil legal assistance to poor and vulnerable local residents as an intern, helping clients with family law and landlord tenant issues and obtaining protection-from-abuse orders. Now, she continues to help shape the organization’s future through her role as a board member.
  • Committee Member, Every Child, Inc.: Shanicka was appointed to serve on the Challenge the Champions Committee, where she assists in planning and securing sponsorships for the organization’s annual fundraising gala. This year, $50,000 was raised to support its mission of providing family support and wellness services to children and families.
  • Committee Member, Pittsburgh Public Schools Occupational Advisory Committee: Shanicka provides counsel, curricula content and training techniques to faculty members for use in preparing students for career opportunities. She also assists in the selection of course materials and keeps abreast of industry personnel needs and internship opportunities.

Selected from a nomination pool of more than 220 candidates, this year’s 40 honorees under the age of 40 were chosen by an independent panel of judges comprised of former winners, business professionals and civic leaders. Nominees were evaluated on their level of passion, commitment, visibility, diversity and overall impact on the Pittsburgh region. All recipients will be featured in the November 2012 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine and recognized at an awards event on Nov. 2 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.

For the full list of the 2012 40 Under 40 award recipients, visit here.