The Bridge 1.11

The Bridge 1.11

February 18, 2018



We have some big news here at City of Bridges! It is time to begin welcoming our founding students and families to the school. We have opened our application process and are looking forward to building our community. The link to our application page can be found here.  The application is available as a PDF on our website, if you would like a word document version of the application, please email  Please let us know if you have questions along the way, but please wait until you have compiled all of the  application materials before you send them along to us.

Getting Together

We have begun holding get togethers so that interested students and parents can get to know each other and have the opportunity to meet some of the COBHS team. We will have applications available at our get togethers. If you would like an invitation to one of our events, for both students and parents, please reach out to

The Rest of our Board

Last issue we shared two of the members of our intrepid Board of Directors and this issue we wanted to share the other three members with you:

Mac Howison, Chairperson of the Board


Mac Howison is the Program Officer for Creative Learning at The Heinz Endowments, where his work focuses primarily on grantee initiatives that intersect with the Endowments’ Creativity and Learning program areas. The Program Officer for Creative Learning reflects the Endowments’ emphasis on work that helps ensure a regional environment where all Pittsburgh residents – especially children and youth – have access to the benefits of creative opportunities.

Prior to joining The Heinz Endowments, Mac was the Senior Program Officer for Catalytic Funding at The Sprout Fund, where he worked with regional and national philanthropic partners to build strong networks and make nearly $7 million of community-decided investments in more than 1,000 early-stage projects, organizations, innovators, and activities.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mac is President of the board of directors of Bike Pittsburgh where he works to make Pittsburgh communities safe and welcoming through biking and walking improvements. A musician, painter, and outdoor enthusiast, he has a BFA in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University and resides in the Swissvale neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife Jennifer, an artist and teacher.

Hemant Agrawal, Secretary

Hemant Agrawal is a Senior Director in Global Policy at Mylan, a generic pharmaceutical company headquartered in Canonsburg, PA.  His current role is working with the Global Policy team to ensure that policy and legislation is enacted that allows access to quality and affordable generic medication around the world.  Hemant has spent over 6 years at Mylan with other leadership roles in Regulatory Affairs and Operations.  Prior to joining Mylan, Hemant has spent majority of his career in the pharmaceutical industry at Baxter Healthcare, Amgen, Abbott Laboratories, and Novartis in a variety of roles ranging from process development to manufacturing to project management.  He has also spent time in management consulting. 
Hemant grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and completed an undergraduate BS in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University.  Then he completed a MS in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  During this time between his education and professional career, Hemant has lived in Chicago, Washington DC, NYC, Los Angeles, and now Pittsburgh.
Hemant lives in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh with his wife, Julie, and four children (Akhil, 13, Abhik, 10, Anika, 7, and Amari, 3).  When he has an opportunity, he enjoys golfing, biking, reading, and learning more about the stock market.

Fitzhugh Shaw

Fitzhugh Shaw is the Director of Shambhala Pittsburgh. He is a meditation instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, as a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
He studies and writes about food justice and the political economy of modern agriculture, along with food-based community organizing.
He lives in Braddock, Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter.
We will have more exciting news soon!
Thank you and Be Well,

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