An international tapestry
Attorney Ellen Freeman was featured in the Fall 2009 edition of Shady Ave magazine in the article "An International Tapestry" which discussed foreign-born residents and what brought them to the Pittsburgh area. The article provides "a glimpse into the lives of some of these remarkable people and how they are leading us to excellence in business, medicine, education and the arts."
From Shady Ave:
"After initial work with a Jewish nonprofit agency, Freeman followed her dream and studied at the University of Pittsburgh to become an immigration attorney.
"'Now I bring expatriates to Pittsburgh from all over the country … because of all the universities and colleges, we have a large number of professors who are part of the international community through their work,' she said.
"'It's very calming to come here. I wouldn't have the same feeling living in a different market. You can take advantage of different opportunities, whether it's the symphony or concerts in the park like at Hartwood Acres. I know you can do that in Central Park, but alongside 5,000 other people!'
"'My official goal is to make the city friendlier to foreign nationals. I help them settle in, and that, in turn, makes our community more diverse.'"