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If you would like to support Protect PT's mission, you can visit our Take Action! page and sign up to be a volunteer. Additionally, you can donate and become a Member!


Our Core Tenets


Protect PT's

Inclusion Policy

Protect PT is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Therefore, qualified applicants will be considered regardless of sex, race, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or any other protected category.

Employee Testimonial


Kiara Jimenez
Project Coordinator and Communications Manager '23-'24

About: Kiara always knew she wanted to protect environmental/health rights. After graduating from Pitt in 2023, she searched for entry level environmental nonprofit positions and was thrilled to see an opening at Protect PT. She joined the team as a Project Coordinator in the summer of 2023 and was later that year internally promoted to Communications Manager. Kiara left the Protect PT team in the Summer of 2024 to earn her law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Quote: While I am very excited for this next step in my career, I am incredibly grateful for my time on the Protect PT team. My experience here has been eminently fulfilling. Every person on the small full-time staff is deeply committed to public service and abundantly passionate about protecting community members' rights to accessing clean air and water. My coworkers come from diverse backgrounds, making each of us an expert in our department. The intimacy of the office has allowed me, despite being situated as the head of the Communications Team, to glean so much knowledge from our Legal, Policy, and Science Teams that I will carry with me into my career.

I would like to give a personal shoutout to Protect PT’s Executive Director, Gillian Graber. Her capacity for warmth and empathy is bountiful, and she puts a love for people into all that she does. Her fight–from being an affected resident and mother to Co-Founder and Executive Director of her own nonprofit–is inspiring to say the least. I am so thankful to have worked under her, and I look forward to future collaborations with her in the future. Thank you to Gillian and the team for making my time at Protect PT so rewarding!”


Brendan Wissinger
Community Organizer 2024

About: In college, Brendan became heavily involved in climate justice and anti-corruption activism in the Pittsburgh region. Upon discovering Protect PT's work, he applied for and accepted their full-time Community Organizer position at the start of February 2024. He will be moving to a part-time position at the end of Summer in 2024 to pursue his Master of Public Administration at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Quote: Even though I have only worked at Protect PT since February, the work that I have done here has been very rewarding. I can go home each day knowing that I have helped make a tangible positive difference in the lives of those living in Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties. The small intimate team at Protect PT is very friendly and passionate about the work they do and has made feel as part of one united team working towards a better future for those residing in these counties. I am thankful for everyone at Protect PT, all of whom have helped this be such a fulfilling workplace for me-- so much so that I plan to continue to stay on as a part-time Community Organizer even as I start my graduate degree."


Tom Pike
Environmental Policy Advocate 2023-Present

About: Tom is Protect PT’s Environmental Policy Advocate. He researches laws and regulations and reads energy news to identify opportunities for communities and families to protect themselves from the harmful impacts of living near fracking. His advocacy focuses on helping municipalities and residents wield the power they didn’t know they had to push back against industrial facilities in their backyards.

Quote“The work I do here affects my friends and family. My parents get their drinking water from Beaver Run Reservoir. If you apply for a job here, you’ll be fighting for my parents, too. I also want to add: I’m disabled. I need accommodation under the ADA in order to do my job. Of all the places I’ve worked, Protect PT has done the best job of accommodating me. Management’s focus is always on the results I achieve. When personal health issues come up, Protect PT has stood by me.”

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