City of Bridges Staff

Dr. Randy Bartlett
Head of School

Randy Bartlett has been working in education and non-profits organizations for more than two decades. He has been a public-school teacher, a principal, and a Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment. He designed and directed the Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corp and teaches at Chatham University. He has a BA in History and Religion from Oberlin College, a M.Ed. in Integrated Learning from Antioch University New England, a certificate in Educational Leadership from Keene State College and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.

Justin Macak
Director of Student Experience

Before teaching at City of Bridges, Justin Macak was a Senior Research Coordinator for a violence prevention research lab at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, focusing on issues of gender equitable attitudes and youth empowerment. In his role as a researcher, he created and developed programs that asked high school students to question the messages we receive about the world, and helped students take an active part in shaping their school environments. Justin has a BA in Music Theory from the University at Buffalo. 



Jess Canose
Director of Community Engagement
Food Systems/Foreign Language

Jess Canose holds a M.A. in Food Studies from Chatham University and B.A. in Spanish. Her independent work centers on using visual media to educate and support food justice, from food waste to human rights. Teaching at and collaboratively building the City of Bridges community blends her work farming, running higher-ed student support programs (Rider University), and moving within the Pittsburgh dance community. She also freelances as a photographer & researcher, and operates a grassroots food rescue operation out of her Honda Fit (dubbed the Blueberry).  

Practitioners, Educators & Teachers


Narrative Storytelling