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Melanie Gefert-Azur is a highly respected entrepreneur, businesswoman and philanthropist in the Pittsburgh community. Throughout her career, she has been a driving force in finding solutions and resources for her employees, clients and those in need.

Over the past 26 years, Melanie has partnered with her husband, Fran Azur, on starting three businesses in the Pittsburgh area. In 2002, she and her husband founded the Bartko Foundation to assist single mothers of color in their efforts in becoming self-sufficient. As of last year, the Bartko Foundation has assisted 364 women impacting the lives of 768 children by distributing $1,280,000 grants for education, employment, housing and transportation.

While juggling her family foundation, Melanie served as President of Azur Enterprises, LLC, a venture capital and business consulting company. She managed businesses including farms in Vermont, transportation companies in Pittsburgh, Azur Racing Stables, and Trigen Investments. The dynamic couple also started ATM Corporation of America in 1993. As vice president and chief operating officer, Melanie oversaw business arrangements with CitiBank, Countrywide Mortgage, Equifax and other major mortgage lenders and credit reporting agencies. In 2007, ATM was deemed the largest privately held settlement services company in the nation. Prior to going into business with her husband, Melanie helped Lender’s Service Inc. grow to over $120 million in revenue while serving as executive vice president.

An alumna of Bethany College, Melanie earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is also a recipient of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business award. As part of her philanthropic efforts, she has contributed to Azur Christian Hospital and Vermont Highland Cattle Company. Since 2013, she has been an active board member of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, participating on the Financial and Development Committees, and as Vice President of the Board’s Executive Committee.

Executive Staff

Melanie Gefert-Azur
Interim CEO
Monique McIntosh 
Chief Administrative Officer 
Barbara Nicholas
Development Officer 
Lisa Scanlon
Senior Director, Financial Services
Barbara Johnson
Senior Director of Race and Gender Equity

Program Directors

Linda Broman, Human Resources, 412-255-1251
Sarah Dittoe, Resource Center & Housing Programs, 412-255-1292
Cheryl R. Smith, Homewood-Brushton Child Development and Education, 412-365-1910
Ashley Zahorchak, Youth Services & STEM Education, 412-345-7744

YWCA is more than a place. YWCA is a force for social change forging a trail of leadership, advocacy, and action wherever we recognize community needs. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Is on a mission that it shares with 220 YWCAs across the nation.

Did you know?

According to the Center for Disease Control, African American women are over three times more likely to be murdered with a gun than white women.

Read more about YWCA's position on gun violence.

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