Annia Aleman
Innovation Director, Ascender Pittsburgh

Annia Aleman is the Innovation Director at the business incubator Ascender. At Ascender she is in charge of helping lead entrepreneur-focused programming and serve a resource for Ascender entrepreneurs to achieve their business goals and grow their companies. Previously, she was the Senior Civic Innovation Specialist for the City of Pittsburgh where she led initiatives like the citywide startup program PGH Lab and also co-organized Inclusive Innovation initiatives including Inclusive Innovation Week and Summit convening hundreds of community partners working to make Pittsburgh a more equitable city to live, work, and play.

Annia holds a B.A in Global Policy studies from Chatham University and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. Annia was born and raised in Nicaragua and moved to Pittsburgh in 2006 with her family. She enjoys climbing outdoors and world traveling.