The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. – Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)

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Staff and Interns


Nick J. Palazzetti, Ph.D., CFRE
Executive Director
Contact Nick at npalazzetti@trcfwpa.org

Nick J. Palazzetti has 25 years of diverse executive and fund development experience, as well as more than 15 years of work in adult education and social services.

As executive director of the Three Rivers Community Foundation in Pittsburgh, Dr. Palazzetti is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the Foundation’s operations including administration and staff supervision, grantmaking, fundraising, outreach, and public relations and marketing.  Dr. Palazzetti works closely with the working committees of the Board of Directors to ensure effective operation of the foundation and strategic, planned organizational growth.  He also serves as the Foundation’s designated board representative of The Funding Exchange, of which the Three Rivers Community Foundation is a member fund.

In his role with The Bentz Group, a national Fund Counsel Firm, Dr. Palazzetti served as resident campaign director for multi-million dollar capital campaigns throughout the United States.  He also has performed development audits and pre-campaign leadership planning studies for other institutional clients.

Dr. Palazzetti has also served as Director of Development and Planned Giving for PennFuture in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a statewide public policy research and advocacy organization devoted to improving Pennsylvania’s environment and economy.  In Pittsburgh, he was formerly:

•   Vice President of Institutional Development for The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
•   Executive Director for The Bayer Foundation
•   Senior Development Officer for the Pittsburgh Zoo and Zoological Society

In addition, he has provided consulting services to various state and Federal agencies, institutions of higher education, organizations for individuals with disabilities, and other smaller nonprofit agencies.  He also served as a fundraising trainer for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Dr. Palazzetti holds Certified Fund Raising Executive status, a distinction awarded by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  He earned his Ph.D. in education from the University of Pittsburgh, a master of arts in English literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a bachelor of arts in English and political science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Prior to beginning his development career, he served as founder and Executive Director of the Tri-County Community Education Agency, Executive Director of New Tradition Senior Citizen Center, and program director at La Roche College.  In addition, he has authored and edited publications on adult education and financial development and served as a consultant to numerous government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

A resident of southwestern Pennsylvania, Dr. Palazzetti has served on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations and participates in the Team Pennsylvania Ambassador Program.

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Anne Lynch

Manager of Administrative Operations and Special Projects
Contact Anne at trcf@trcfwpa.org

Anne Lynch started out as the Office Manager for Three Rivers Community Foundation in September, 2001, after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Anthropology (with a History minor).  Now the Manager of Administrative Operations and Special Projects, she has helped TRCF become a true force in the activist communities in southwestern Pennsylvania.  Having moved here from Slidell, Louisiana, in 1997, she’s adopted Pittsburgh as her home.  In addition to her work at TRCF, she runs her own catering business (The Vegan Goddess), and is the co-founder of the Three Rivers Vegan Society.  She also is the Secretary/Treasurer of Greater Pittsburgh Pagan Pride Day.  She is unapologetic about her beliefs in equality for all – including non-human animals.  She has served on the boards of several local animal rights organizations, helped to organize dozens of animal rights and environmental events, and has spoken about animal rights at local high schools, colleges and universities, and even at a conference at American University in Washington, DC.  In her not-so-spare time, she enjoys reading (primarily nonfiction) and cooking.

Meet Our Interns

Fall 2013 Interns

Madeline D’Onfro
Special Events Intern

Madeline is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh double majoring in Political Science and Business and minoring in Public Service. As the Outreach and Special Events intern she will be responsible for helping Three River Community Foundation establish relationships with key organizations in the region and work with staff to coordinate special events such as the fundraising event to promote the Foundations new PEER Fund (Pride Equality Empowerment Respect), which will help to support groups in the LGBT community. After spending the last 3 months abroad studying social justice and political inequality in Brazil, India, and China, Madeline gained an interest in the advancement of social activism and community level agency. She believes that through working with the Three Rivers Community Foundation she will be able to continue to gain experience in these areas.

Brian Mallow
MSW Intern

Bio coming soon…

Michelle Riches
Writing Intern

Michelle Marie RichesAs our writing intern, Michelle is responsible for writing weekly blog posts by researching ideas, events, and anything that relates to TRCF’s seven issue areas. She also helps to manage our twitter, facebook, and tumblr and assists with grant research. She recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Media and Professional Communications and Writing. Michelle was born and raised in Philadelphia, but is excited to begin her professional career in Western PA.

Summer 2013 Interns

Julia Richardson
Intern Development Coordinator

Julia Richardson is the Intern Development Coordinator for TRCF. She assists in recruiting and hiring new interns and assisting the staff and current interns. She recently received her BA in Political Science and German Studies from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. After summer 2013, she will be remaining in the Pittsburgh area to begin her career. Julia was previously co-Director of a campus group focused on preventing dating violence and has studied abroad in Vienna, Austria and Trier, Germany.

NaRaya Pope
Fund Development Intern

NaRaya Pope serves as the Fund Development Intern, working on raising funds for the foundation. As the fund development intern she will be responsible for expanding the foundation grant making capacity and researching potential funders that might support TRCF. She is currently a senior at Edinboro University studying Social Science and Economics. With a passion for racial justice she believes that it is of great significance to learn about different cultures. By learning and understanding different cultures you can develop a respect for that particular culture and regard all people as equal.

Rebecca Sufrin
Writing Intern

Rebecca

As the Writing Intern this summer, Rebecca is responsible for writing weekly blog posts by researching ideas, events, and anything that relates to TRCF’s seven issue areas. With the help of her colleagues, she will also be creating a summer newsletter. Rebecca is currently enrolled at Ohio Wesleyan University and will be a senior this coming school year. She is majoring in International Relations and minoring in Cultural/Human Geography. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, she is very happy to be home this summer while working with an organization that stands for such important ideals. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys music, comedy, and learning about current events and issues.

Stella Xin Zhao
Communications and Public Relations Intern

Stella Xin Zhao is the Communications and Public Relations Intern for TRCF. She is currently working on managing TRCF Facebook and Twitter pages; increasing visibility and reputation of TRCF, promoting the events sponsored by TRCF, enlarging the social network and keeping regular contact with other local organizations. Stella is a graduate student from the Graduate School of Public and International affairs at University of Pittsburgh. She graduated from the Sun Yat-Sen University in China with her bachelor’s degree in International Politics.

Madeline D’Onfro
Special Events Intern

Madeline is an incoming senior at the University of Pittsburgh double majoring in Political Science and Business and minoring in Public Service. As the Outreach and Special Events intern she will be responsible for helping Three River Community Foundation establish relationships with key organizations in the region and work with staff to coordinate special events such as the fundraising event to promote the Foundations new PEER Fund (Pride Equality Empowerment Respect), which will help to support groups in the LGBT community. After spending the last 3 months abroad studying social justice and political inequality in Brazil, India, and China, Madeline gained an interest in the advancement of social activism and community level agency. She believes that through working with the Three Rivers Community Foundation this summer she will be able to continue to gain experience in these areas.

Spring 2013 Interns

Abby Mundell
Intern Development Coordinator Intern/Youth Empowerment Intern

While finishing her Bachelor’s in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, Abby is interning as the Intern Development Coordinator and Youth Empowerment Intern at TRCF.  In her position as the Youth Empowerment Intern, Abby has been very excited to work with a wonderful group of teenagers in the Teens 4 Change program, expanding both their and her own knowledge of the grantmaking process.  Abby has previously interned with Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania in the policy department.  After graduation, Abby hopes to continue working in the foundation world before attending graduate school for her Master’s in Social Work, focusing on Community Organizing and Social Administration.  In her spare time, Abby enjoys reading, knitting, and Doctor Who.

Emily Parry
Communications and Public Relations Intern

Emily is currently finishing her last semester as a Communications and Sociology double major at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, she interned for Age UK while studying abroad in London where she worked with their fundraising and special events teams. With Three Rivers Community Foundation, Emily is in charge of updating their social media sites and generating exposure for events and other activists’ involvement in the community. She also helps plan events and produces material to increase media exposure surrounding the foundation. In the future, Emily hopes to work for a public relations firm while continuing to support social activism and human rights.

Lydia Chmill
Research and Special Events Intern

As the Research and Special Events intern, Lydia will be doing research designed to expand Three Rivers Community Foundation’s capacity for grant-making. She’ll also be working with staff and board members to coordinate and implement upcoming special events such as a benefit dinner to promote the Foundation’s new “Forward Fund.” The Forward Fund is a new fund specifically designated to funding organizations that support social change within the LGBTQ community.

Lydia is a native of Pittsburgh and loves the city. She is in the midst of her last semester at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a Sociology major with a minor in Political Science and will be graduating this spring. Her interest with Three Rivers Community Foundation lies in the Foundation’s aim for promoting change, not charity. After graduation, Lydia plans to remain in Pittsburgh with hopes of attending Pitt for graduate school. In her spare time she enjoys reading about the news and her favorite pastime is going for walks in Schenley Park.