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. Tracey also serves as Executive Director of the WCDC Holding Co. and Wilkinsburg Railroad Station LLC. A longtime resident of Wilkinsburg, Tracey served two terms as an elected councilperson for Wilkinsburg Borough, from 2006 through 2013. In addition to her work in Wilkinsburg, Tracey serves as a mentor at the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs.


Marlee Gallagher
Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Marlee began volunteering with the WCDC in February 2013, and was hired in March 2014 to manage our Image & Identity and Education & Youth initiatives. 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 serves on the Borough’s Special Events Committee and NMRWA’s Watershed Forest Master Plan Steering Committee.


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. Gordon currently serves on PCRG’s Board of Directors.


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 as an elected councilperson for Wilkinsburg Borough from 1996 through 2008.


Sophia Yeung
Development Coordinator

Sophia Yeung joined the WCDC as an intern in October 2016, working with us on a series of instructional videos aimed at making the vacant property acquisition and rehabilitation process simpler and more successful. Sophia was hired as a full-time employee in January 2017 to help support and grow our development and fundraising program. In December, Sophia earned her master’s degree in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She is an AmeriCorps alum and a former CORO fellow in public affairs, interested in the convergence of policy and innovation.


Kevin Boyle
Vacant Property Coordinator

Kevin Boyle joined the WCDC in spring 2017 as the Vacant Property Coordinator. Tasked with streamlining the vacant property acquisition process, Kevin brings his enthusiasm for neighborhoods, preservation, and people to our team. Previously, he worked for PCRG, engaging residents in Sharpsburg to develop a collective community vision, which included the incorporation of a community development nonprofit. Kevin also worked for the Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office and on Project 15206, a storm water mitigation program through State Senator James Ferlo’s Office.


Josh Rolón
Main Street Manager

Josh Rolón joined the WCDC in spring 2017 as the Main Street Manager. He comes to the WCDC from Bloomfield Development Corporation where he was the Community Coordinator. Before working in Bloomfield, Josh was in the Pittsburgh Office of the Mayor as a liaison for veteran serving organizations. He also managed civic engagement programs, including the Civic Leadership Academy. Josh is a founding member of Bloomfield Livable Streets and serves on the Wilkinsburg Community Art & Civic Design Commission.

Edyn Herbert
Grant Writing & Communications Intern

Edyn Herbert joined the WCDC in June 2018 as our Grant Writing & Communications Intern. Edyn is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, originally from Milwaukee, WI. She will be graduating in December with a BA in Communication Rhetoric and Non-fiction Writing as well as a certificate in Public & Professional Writing. Over the past four years, Edyn has been a member of the Pitt Club Softball team and became their vice president in 2016. She has also worked as a writing tutor at Pitt’s Writing Center for the past 2 1/2 years. Her previous internships included a local non-profit radio station in Milwaukee, audio engineering, and acting as a contributing producer for Milwaukee’s NPR station.