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.
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.
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 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.
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 Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG), engaging residents in Sharpsburg to develop a collective community vision, which included the incorporation of a community development nonprofit. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013, Kevin 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 on the organizing committee of Make Music Pittsburgh.