Board of Trustees
Hemant Agrawal, Chairperson of the Board
Ashley Lynn Priore, Vice Chairperson of the Board
Ashley Lynn Priore is a Pittsburgh native and a current undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in English and Philosophy & Politics with a minor in Economics. An award winning and nationally ranked player under the United States Chess Federation, Ashley is a competitive chess enthusiast, writer and poet, social entrepreneur, and public service scholar.
Ashley is the founder and President and CEO of The Queen’s Gambit Chess Institute. Founder in 2014, the Pittsburgh based non-profit organization is dedicated to teaching chess to the community, ensuring every child has the necessary tools and opportunities to learn the game of chess through a 21st-century approach to education. The non-profit uses strategy and critical thinking to impact Pittsburgh through various educational, social, political, and economic initiatives and regional partnerships.
A chess educator, social advocate, and leader around the city, Ashley also leads Queen’s Gambit, a social enterprize. Founded on the belief that chess is a catalyst for change, Queen’s Gambit encourages communities and individuals to use strategy tools to navigate the future. With long-lasting partnerships, they are a network of changemakers in the larger movement towards a critical thinking world.
Ashley currently serves on several nonprofit boards, focusing on youth leadership and providing everyone under the age of 25 with the platform to succeed. Some board memberships include the Pittsburgh Chess Club (where she serves as Vice President), Community Human Services, and Pittsburgh Cares. She also serves on several local and national advisory boards and committees.
In 2019, Ashley entered politics and was a candidate for Pittsburgh Board of Education, District 4. A catalyst for change who started her own business at the early age of 14 years old, Ashley seeks to empower all to use their passions for good.
Josh Aderholt, Treasurer
Josh Aderholt is a Principal for the Century Group, a real estate and hospitality development and management firm. Prior to joining Century, Josh designed and implemented systems linking teacher and administrator performance to compensation at Pittsburgh Public Schools, as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Empowering Effective Teachers program.
Josh grew up in Wheeling, WV, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, with a focus in Finance and Marketing, and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies from the University of Virginia. Josh has lived in Pittsburgh since 1999, interrupted by two years living in Warsaw, Poland, and another two years in Lviv, Ukraine, where he served in the MBA Enterprise Corps (currently known as MBAs Without Borders), providing consulting services as part of a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project.
Josh lives in Lawrenceville with his wife and two children, and enjoys using his bike to get around town, gardening, and coaching youth hockey.
Fitzhugh Shaw, Secretary
Michelle King is a learner first and foremost and as well as an instigator of learning. Professionally, she is a middle school teacher aka a professional hostage. She learned and honed her craft in Mt. Lebanon with a fantastic crew of educators and students for over 16 years. In her quest to instigate courageous conversations about learning and children, she has ventured to The Environmental Charter School and their principles (Catalyst. Character. Collaboration. Commitment.) She co-taught Cultural Literacy, an integrated social sciences and English/Language Arts course. She constantly seeking to create dynamic learning experiences and opportunities that inspire wonder, discovery, contradictions, frustrations, and joy. In making connections locally and globally, Michelle pushes the envelope and boundaries of where learning should occur for all students. Her current interests are in game based learning, design, restorative justice, equity, social justice, and teacher empowerment. Through her partnerships with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Carnegie Science Center, Hear Me, the Remake Learning ecosystem, ThinkZone Games and other provocateurs; Michelle is helping to create equitable, empathetic, learning experiences for all Pittburghers.
Current Conundrums: How might we create empathetic institutions that remind us of our humanity? How might we re-design for equity and social justice in and out of school learning? How might we design learning institutions to build connections? How might we allow those connections help us re-see the worlds we inhabit? How might we embrace silence in our lives?
A native of Erie, PA, Moses moved to Pittsburgh to pursue her passion for youth in the communities. Using her Management Information Systems degree from Penn State, she is able to utilize her background in technology to engage community members. She continues to be deeply driven by the relentless pursuit of passion and is always striving to be an agent of motivation and change. She gives people opportunities to use their talent and explore their innermost passions.
Dr. Stuart Candy
Stuart Candy (@futuryst) is Director of Situation Lab and an Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Stuart’s work in experiential futures and group process facilitation supports leaders, learners, creatives and communities in understanding and shaping possible futures, using tools he has co-designed for imagination and strategic conversation, such as the card games The Thing From The Future and FutureSchool.
Originally from Australia and the son of two educators, Stuart has been involved in the futures/foresight field since the 1990s, and based in Pittsburgh since 2017. His recent collaborations include UNESCO, the BBC, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Stanford d.School, Red Cross International, the US Conference of Mayors, Dubai Museum of the Future, Skoll World Forum, and Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. He lives in the Highland Park area of Pittsburgh with his partner Ceda, and they are currently thinking about getting a dog. Or maybe a bird.