Kimberly Gonxhe serves as director of the Metro-Urban Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Kimberly earned a bachelor's from Ohio University and a master of divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where she was the Valentour World Travel Scholar focusing on women’s issues in a global context. She also serves as the founder and executive director of the Live Foundation, a global gender justice organization uplifting communities through systematic transformation. She answered the current call on her life after a thriving 10-year engineering career with a Fortune 100 Company. Kimberly has advocated for the marginalized in more than 32 countries, spanning five continents, touching the lives of thousands. Her work has positively affected war-torn displaced people in Uganda, reformed sex workers in Indonesia, as well as married, mutilated, and uneducated young girls in Kenya. Kimberly enjoys traveling, painting, hiking, and international cuisine. She is the mother of two: Jaden Alexander and Zion Gabrielle. Download High Res Image


Katie Yates is the administrative assistant for the Metro-Urban Institute. Prior to joining the MUI team, Katie earned her M.A. in geography from Ohio University, where she researched social justice in the context of climate change. She also worked as a GIS Technician for the Center for Partnerships in GIS and the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability in Memphis, Tenn. Katie is passionate about Christ’s call to love and serve others, especially those facing challenges born of injustice, and is excited to be part of a program so dedicated to helping those in need and equipping others to better serve Christ.


Brenda Henry '17 serves as the assistant MUI conference coordinator. She works in the comprehensive planning and execution of the May 11-12, 2018, MUI Conference.


Christin Thorpe is the MUI fellows and community engagement coordinator. She is working to launch a new integrative theological education fellows program focusing on scholarship and community engagement.


  Metro-Urban Institute
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
616 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206