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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Grant Writing & Communications Intern
Casey joined the WCDC in winter 2018 as the organization’s Grant Writing and Communications Intern. She is completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh this April. At Pitt, she is a Campus Correspondent for Her Campus Media, and she previously worked for Pittsburgh Magazine.