City of Asylum Announces our New Executive Director

Pittsburgh, PA, February 27, 2019—City of Asylum Pittsburgh announced today the appointment of Kristen Wesloh as Executive Director effective March 18, 2019. Ms. Wesloh comes to City of Asylum from American Public Media (APM) in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she most recently served as Director of Institutional Giving. APM is one of the largest producers and distributors of public media programming in the world reaching 21 million listeners worldwide.

As Executive Director, Ms. Wesloh will serve as the organization’s chief executive officer, leading a staff of 12. Her appointment culminates an intensive six month search by a committee of the Board, which reviewed over 125 applications and interviewed nine diverse candidates from three countries.

“On behalf of the Board and staff of City of Asylum, it is my pleasure to welcome Kristen to City of Asylum and to Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood. Kristen has a keen strategic sense and has held senior roles at nonprofits serving refugees, senior citizens, artists, and media audiences. She is a consummate non-profit professional, who is committed to our mission, and we look forward to her leadership of City of Asylum in the next stage of its growth,” said Henry Reese, the Co-founder and Chairman of City of Asylum Pittsburgh.

About Kristen Wesloh – Ms. Wesloh was most recently the Director of Institutional Giving at American Public Media (APM), one of the largest producers and distributors of public media programming in the world. She joined APM in 2012. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Wesloh served as the Director of Development at Community Thread, a volunteer social services agency providing transportation and other services to senior citizens in Stillwater, Minnesota. From 1999 to 2009, she served as Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Director and then interim Executive Director for Acre Family Child Care, a multicultural economic development organization that supports immigrant women launching and running their own child care businesses in Lowell, Massachusetts. Prior to 2005, Ms. Wesloh held development, public relations, and marketing positions in major arts organizations in the U.S. Ms. Wesloh received a Master Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, a Fundraising Management Professional Certificate from Goucher College, and a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music. She is currently completing a Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Ms. Wesloh and her husband, Kyle, look forward to joining Pittsburgh’s North Side community with their dog, Piper. She also has two grown children: a daughter who is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, and a son who is a commercial pilot for Delta Connection.

About City of Asylum Pittsburgh—City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. The organization provides sanctuary to endangered literary writers, and presents over 175 free literary, arts, and cultural programs annually in a community setting to build social equity through cross-cultural exchange. Founded by Henry Reese and Diane Samuels in 2004, City of Asylum is a grassroots organization that anchors economic development in Pittsburgh’s central Northside neighborhood by transforming blighted properties into homes for its programs and energizing public spaces through public art with text-based components. In 2017, City of Asylum opened Alphabet City, a home for its literary and artistic programming, featuring a global perspective and provocative views from diverse voices.

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