Catapult Greater Pittsburgh is on a roll. The nonprofit ELDI founded in 2021 to foster minority homeownership opportunities in the neighborhood and ensure that local, existing businesses were getting the support they needed to stay competitive in the fast-growing market, is now leading the charge in creating generational stability for individuals and families in Pittsburgh and beyond. Today, the organization offers a wide range of services focused on advancing economic justice — from its business incubators to its homeownership and financial education programs.

The Catapult team has been growing rapidly along with its offerings, with the organization recently bringing on several new employees, including a new director of operations, Lingaire Njie.

Learn more about three of Catapult’s recent hires below—and if you see them around town, be sure to give them a warm welcome!

Nissa’a Stallworth-Hewitt | Catapult Culinary Commercial Kitchen Manager

Chef Nissa’a applies her extensive knowledge of the food industry in assisting with commercial kitchen planning, programming, and management.  Her catering company, The Bowl of Life, has offered catering services throughout the city, and she also teaches cooking classes that emphasize the importance of providing balanced meals for individuals and families.

In addition to being a chef that is unconventional and cooks “outside of the box,” Chef Nissa’a is also a certified Zumba instructor that welcomes people of all sizes and ages.






Kayla Bowyer | Entrepreneurship Education Coordinator

Kayla Bowyer has professional experience in adult learning, project management, and customer service.

Before coming to Catapult Greater Pittsburgh, Kayla planned and managed in-person volunteer trainings as a training coordinator at Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.

Kayla is a Pittsburgh native from Northview Heights, a proud graduate of Schenley High School, and received her undergraduate degree in communications from Carlow University. Kayla is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and an enthusiastic cat-lover.





Laylah Washington | Financial Counselor

A Pittsburgh native, Laylah Washington is a graduate of Carlow University with a background in human resources, technology, and management in health services. She has experience in the nonprofit sector, educating the youth, and assisting patients at a local pharmacy with medical funding.

She has a passion for serving and giving back to her community. She loves to fellowship with her church in the Homewood area, and she has a wonderful husband and beautiful baby boy.







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