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The URA wants to make it easy for homeowners, developers, business owners and other stakeholders to bring their vision to life or get the help they need.

The URA team is actively focused on finding real solutions that make Pittsburgh a better place to live, work and do business.

Whether it's helping a homeowner who needs to make an emergency repair after a damaging storm or supporting a real estate developer who sees the potential of an otherwise neglected neighborhood, the people at the URA are committed to making it happen. With energy and engagement.

Want to bring a project from vision to reality? There’s a URA staff member ready to help.

Our Board

Sam Williamson, Chair
Chair
The Honorable Ed Gainey, Vice Chair
Vice Chair
The Honorable R. Daniel Lavelle, Co-Treasurer
Co-Treasurer
Jodi Hirsh, Co-Treasurer
Co-Treasurer
Lindsay Powell, Member
Member

Office of Strategic Policy and Communications

Diamonte Walker, Deputy Director and Interim Executive Director
Deputy Director and Interim Executive Director
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Daniel Grantham, Operations Assistant and Special Assistant to the Deputy Director
Operations Assistant and Special Assistant to the Deputy Director
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Madlene Augello, Executive Assistant
Executive Assistant
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Gigi Saladna, Chief Communications Officer
Chief Communications Officer
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Dana Bohince, Communications & Marketing Specialist
Communications & Marketing Specialist
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David Geiger, Government Affairs Officer
Government Affairs Officer
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Jamie Reese, Policy and Data Analyst
Policy and Data Analyst
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Office of Administration

Human Resources
Columbus C. Brooks, Director
Director
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Clevera "CC" Creer, HR Program Assistant
HR Program Assistant
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Maya Fews, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
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Maryann Pedrotty, Human Resources Benefits Coordinator
Human Resources Benefits Coordinator
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Charles Warren, Senior Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
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Michael Zagal, Purchasing Assistant
Purchasing Assistant
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Finance
Hala Nuemah, Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
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Daniela Bonacchi, Accountant
Accountant
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Pamela Brown, Senior Finance Review Specialist
Senior Finance Review Specialist
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Damara Carter, Senior Manager
Senior Manager
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Kattia Delizin, Senior Accountant
Senior Accountant
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Lori Flores, Accounts Payable Specialist
Accounts Payable Specialist
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Linda Hite, Finance Specialist I
Finance Specialist I
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Lawrence Hromiko, Senior Accountant
Senior Accountant
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Tia Holtz, Accountant
Accountant
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Tyler Jones, Salesforce Business Analyst
Salesforce Business Analyst
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Gwen Lewis-Rouse, Accountant I
Accountant I
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Billie Jean Lipscomb, Payroll Finance Administrator
Payroll Finance Administrator
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Derrick Ndeh, Database Architect
Database Architect
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Theresa Reed, Accountant
Accountant
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Jason Stalnaker, Accountant
Accountant
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Terry Willis, Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Manager
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Legal
Katherine Wrenshall, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
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Tynishia Powell, Senior Associate Counsel and Compliance Manager
Senior Associate Counsel and Compliance Manager
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Matthew Santiago, Associate Counsel
Associate Counsel
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Theresa Schacht, Paralegal
Paralegal
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Compliance
Tynishia Powell, Senior Associate Counsel and Compliance Manager
Senior Associate Counsel and Compliance Manager
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Sarah McKeon, ​Compliance Specialist
​Compliance Specialist
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Emily Pontarelli, Compliance Review Specialist
Compliance Review Specialist
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Hannah Svonavec, Regulatory Compliance Officer
Regulatory Compliance Officer
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Center for Community and Economic Development

Susheela Nemani-Stanger, Director
Director
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Matt Reitzell, Program Assistant
Program Assistant
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Nick Fedorek, Project Development Specialist
Project Development Specialist
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Shantalaya “Laya” Mathews, Project Development Specialist
Project Development Specialist
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Emily Mitchell, Manager – Development
Manager – Development
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James Reid, Project Development Specialist
Project Development Specialist
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Kryn Sausedo, Project Manager
Project Manager
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Anita Stec, Economic Development Grants Manager
Economic Development Grants Manager
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Real Estate
Nathan Clark, Director
Director
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Joy Akrie, Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant
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Byron Crawford, Real Estate Coordinator
Real Estate Coordinator
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Bethany E. Davidson, Manager of Land Recycling
Manager of Land Recycling
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Tim Dolan, Data and Project Management Specialist
Data and Project Management Specialist
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Julie Edwards, Outreach Manager
Outreach Manager
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Lilly Freedman, Community Development Specialist
Community Development Specialist
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Claren Healey, Real Estate Officer – Development and Marketing
Real Estate Officer – Development and Marketing
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Constance Mayer, Transaction Specialist
Transaction Specialist
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Mary Lisa (ML) Meier, Transaction Manager
Transaction Manager
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Julie Udvarhelyi, Acquisition Specialist
Acquisition Specialist
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Gerald Williams, Urban Designer
Urban Designer
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Special Projects
Robert Rubinstein, Director of Special Projects
Director of Special Projects
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Engineering & Construction
Martin R. Kaminski, Director
Director
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Edie Godwin, Program Assistant
Program Assistant
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Bisrat Birru, Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant
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Leona Catania, Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant
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Corey DeRico, Senior Construction Project Coordinator
Senior Construction Project Coordinator
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Edward Deshler, Senior Construction Advisor II
Senior Construction Advisor II
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Joseph German, Architect
Architect
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Charles H. Hudson, Jr., Senior Construction Advisor
Senior Construction Advisor
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McGarry Luginski, Project Engineer
Project Engineer
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Paul Martinchich, Project Manager
Project Manager
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Charles Miller, Engineering Manager
Engineering Manager
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Geoffrey Radkoff, Project Architect
Project Architect
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Pierce Robinson, Construction Advisor
Construction Advisor
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Judith Thomas, Technical Assistant
Technical Assistant
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Center for Housing Opportunities

Housing Opportunities/Housing Opportunity Fund
Jessica Smith Perry, Director
Director
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Jeremy Carter, Manager of Community Housing Programs
Manager of Community Housing Programs
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Breanna Benjamin, HOF Program Specialist
HOF Program Specialist
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Vethina Hage, Policy and Community Outreach Specialist
Policy and Community Outreach Specialist
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Derek Kendall-Morris, HOF Program Specialist
HOF Program Specialist
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Alicia Majors, Senior Program Specialist
Senior Program Specialist
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Evan Miller, Housing Opportunity Fund Senior Program and Policy Specialist
Housing Opportunity Fund Senior Program and Policy Specialist
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Sharon Taylor, Senior Program Specialist
Senior Program Specialist
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Housing Development
Thomas E. Cummings, Director
Director
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Gloria Taylor, Program Assistant
Program Assistant
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Jarmele E. Fairclaugh, Program Assistant
Program Assistant
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Chuck Alcorn, Project Development Manager
Project Development Manager
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Shaina Madden, Residential Development Manager
Residential Development Manager
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Brett Morgan, Project Development Specialist
Project Development Specialist
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Collette O'Leary, Project Development Manager
Project Development Manager
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Richard Snipe, Manager, Pittsburgh Housing Development Corporation (PHDC)
Manager, Pittsburgh Housing Development Corporation (PHDC)
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David Howe, PHDC Coordinator
PHDC Coordinator
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Justin Belton, PHDC Project Development Specialist
PHDC Project Development Specialist
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Dave Majcher, PHDC Construction Manager
PHDC Construction Manager
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Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Thomas Link, Director
Director
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Jennifer Wilhelm, Assistant Director
Assistant Director
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Lynnette Morris, Program Assistant
Program Assistant
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Josette Fitzgibbons, Neighborhood Business District Manager
Neighborhood Business District Manager
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Siena Kane, Entrepreneurship Investment Specialist
Entrepreneurship Investment Specialist
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Rochelle Lilien, Senior Business Development Specialist
Senior Business Development Specialist
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Aster Teclay, Entrepreneurship Investment Specialist
Entrepreneurship Investment Specialist
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Karlee Turkaly, Entrepreneurship Investment Specialist
Entrepreneurship Investment Specialist
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Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE)
Lisa Moses, Senior MWBE Compliance Specialist
Senior MWBE Compliance Specialist
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Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives
Rebecca Davidson-Wagner, Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives (PUI) President
Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives (PUI) President
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