Community service has always been the driving force in Brian Bayer's life. Raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Bayer was active in the Boy Scouts ultimately in pursuit of his Eagle Scout honors while studying at North Allegheny High School. After high school, he attended John Carroll University, where he ran cross country, sang with the a capella group, and worked as the managing editor of The Carroll News and the president of JCTV-4.
In 2013, equipped with a degree in social justice journalism and Spanish, Bayer embarked upon a year of service with the Catholic lay mission program Rostro de Cristo in the outskirts of Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he worked in community outreach and taught English as a Second Language at a foundation middle school. Inspired by the work of a visionary nun who founded a hospital that treats patients with Hansen's disease in Ecuador, he returned in 2014 for two more years as a freelance journalist to share powerful stories of health care, community service, earthquake recovery, and poverty in the developing world. Bayer supplemented these journalistic endeavors by continuing to teach English, this time at the high school level at an International Baccalaureate school.
Having witnessed tremendous injustice in an otherwise vibrant culture, he returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh to study International Development at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also works as a Communications Specialist at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He is excited to learn ethical management principles as a member of the 10th cohort of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership and serve as a member of the board of directors for the Sto-Rox Community Health Center. He has continued his journalistic passion as an editor with the Pitt Policy Journal. With a goal to graduate from the master's program in 2021, Bayer hopes to put his knowledge into practice working with nonprofits locally and internationally.
No matter where life leads, Bayer is delighted to share the journey with his wife, a native Ecuadorian who is now working as the operations coordinator at the Latino Community Center of Pittsburgh, in whom he finds unending support and inspiration.