Our Staff


Tracey Evans
Executive Director

In June 2010, Tracey was hired to serve our first full-time executive director. A founding member and former secretary of the WCDC, Tracey was instrumental in securing the initial funding for our organization’s establishment. In addition to her work at the WCDC, Tracey chairs the Wilkinsburg Municipal and Wilkinsburg Borough Commercial & Industrial Development Authorities and is a member of the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG), Wilkinsburg Community Art and Civic Design Commission, and CONNECT (Congress of Neighboring Communities). Tracey served two terms as an elected councilperson for the Borough of Wilkinsburg from 2006 through 2013.


Jennifer Salmans
Program Coordinator

Jennifer joined the WCDC as an intern during summer 2011 and quickly stepped into the role of administrative coordinator. She now serves as a full-time program coordinator, managing our Business District Revitalization efforts and Main Street program. She earned her Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Jennifer also serves on the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce board.


Marlee Gallagher
Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Marlee began volunteering with the WCDC in February 2013, and became the organization’s Communications & Outreach Coordinator in March 2014, managing our Image & Identity initiatives and supporting our Education & Youth programs. Previously, Marlee worked as a nonprofit consultant and grant writer for several local organizations, including Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, Friends of the Riverfront, and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Marlee also serves on the Wilkinsburg Community Art & Civic Design Commission and the Free Store Wilkinsburg board.


Gordon Manker
Business Development Specialist

Gordon joined the WCDC as a Business Development Specialist in March 2015 to coordinate our small business programs and assist with our Green, Clean and Safe initiatives. Bringing extensive veterans affairs knowledge to the WCDC, Gordon served nearly 30 years in the PA Army National Guard and U.S. Air Force Reserves. Gordon is also a former Wilkinsburg business owner. Most recently, Gordon worked at the Micro-Business Institute and the Environment & Energy Community Outreach Center (EECO), both programs of Pittsburgh Community Services Inc.


Sandra Roberts
Administrative Coordinator

Sandra joined the WCDC in March 2016 as our part-time Administrative Coordinator. She is a Wilkinsburg resident and a retiree of 25 years from the Pennsylvania  House of Representatives, where she served as Legislative Assistant to the former Representative Joseph Preston, Jr. Previously, Sandra worked at Peoples Oakland for 18 years. In addition to her work, Sandra also served on Wilkinsburg Borough Council from 1996-2008.