JaQuay Edward Carter
JaQuay Edward Carter was born to serve others. He has a long history of community service, military service, and human services advocacy. Upon graduation in the year 2000, he joined the United States Marine Corps – serving as a Logistics/Embarkation Specialist at Albany, Georgia. He was honorably discharged in 2002. JaQuay began his post-secondary education at the Community College of Allegheny County, later enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh – earning a bachelor’s degree in History Education/African-American Studies in 2008. He continued to serve his community, working full-time for the Corporation of National and Community Service as a KEYS AmeriCorps Service member at Propel Charter School in Homestead. JaQuay worked in the non-profit sector for the next few years at both the Garfield Jubilee Association’s YouthBuild program and the Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood. More opportunities to volunteer his time and talent would follow, including a mentorship at Seeds of Hope Church and Earthen Vessels Outreach in 2012. He started to research the history of his beloved hometown of Hazelwood. Mr. Carter shared his wealth of knowledge on social media, where he quickly developed a large following. In 2018, JaQuay founded the award-winning Greater Hazelwood Historical Society of Pittsburgh, which was the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Heinz Endowments. JaQuay is currently in pursuit of dual degrees in Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Carnegie-Mellon University.