Learn more about our founder and how Finesse got our start.
Naomi Ritter is an Artist, Analyst, and Business Operations Strategist. A policy analyst/nonprofit program developer by day and an artrepreneur (artist entrepreneur) by night, Ritter has been passionate about the arts and policy reform for communities of color since her early days.
Ritter graduated from the Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA) as a Creative Writing major in 2010 and quickly realized her skillset was both unique and obligatory. She then ventured onto Duquesne University where she earned a BA in Political Science and an MA in Social & Public Policy. A natural leader and teammate, Ritter served as undergraduate chapter president to her sorority, vice president to Ebony Women: Women for Social Change, participated in NAACP, BSU, the City of Pittsburgh Civic Leadership Academy, and most recently, the Penn State Master Gardener certification program. Her work compels her to seek diverse professional experiences which orbit in the realm of research and data analysis on food and economic policy concerning communities of color.
Ritter has worked with local organizations, such as the Urban Redevelopment Authority, 4-H of Allegheny County, the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, and Penn State Outreach to improve the disparities in the areas as mentioned above. She then ventured out to become more involved with the community through entrepreneurship and holistic health. Ritter is currently the program manager for the EAT Initiative, Inc. and uses her passion for food, writing, and health, to alleviate the wage disparity that is felt most in communities of color, while simultaneously serving as a role model to young women.
Ritter holds a BA in Rhetoric & Political Science with a concentration in Integrated Marketing Communications and an MA in Social and Public Policy, focused focus in Policy Analysis and Administration, both from Duquesne University. A proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., a gardener, yogi, foodie, and healer, whose ultimate goal is to heal minority and underserved communities through writing, food, and holistic health.