With a desire to ensure that the fastest growing populations of veterans have a seat at the table and a community to connect with RISE:Veterans began in 2019. In that time RISE has partnered with other community organizations in and out of the non-profit veterans space to build programming, showcase the stories of veterans, and even hosted the first ever award show for veterans in Pennsylvania. 


RISE Veterans mission is founded on the principles of representation, inclusion, solidarity, and equity in service to minority veterans whether that be community, advocacy, or healing.


Aryanna Wagner

(she, her, hers)



Growing up the youngest of ten children in a family that lived below the poverty line, finding a way to make things happen was just a part of life. In 2001, at the age of 18 and answering the call of her nation, Aryanna enlisted with the United States Army just weeks after the terror attacks of 9/11 and served with the XVIII Airborne Corp on the front-lines during Operation Iraqi.​

In 2017, Aryanna decided to take on the political establishment and ran for Lt. Governor against an incumbent. Aryanna would later end her own campaign and turn her attention to co-founding a political action committee with a mission to level the financial playing field in politics, called Fight the Power PAC.

Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, an MBA, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Aryanna is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Community Engagement at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Currently, Aryanna is the Director in the Office of Veterans Services for the University of Pittsburgh and is LUMA Certified Human Centered Design Practitioner.

Aryanna is a Defense Council member of the Truman National Security Project, an Oxfam Sisters on the Planet Ambassador, and belongs to many civic organizations to include the NAACP, VFW, The Mission Continues, and others.

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