Board of Directors

As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, the WCDC is governed by a board of directors, including business professionals, bankers, architects, artists, and residents.

Bud Wise

Born and raised in Wilkinsburg, Bud is a 1965 graduate of Wilkinsburg High School and chaired the Wilkinsburg Train Station alumni committee. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Ohio University in 1969 and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973. He retired in 2010 from PPG Industries after 31 years of service, serving the last 10 as the leader of the global Human Resource function. 

Previously, Bud was a faculty member in the Economic and Business Department of Juniata College for seven years. In addition to his work for the WCDC, Bud is a trustee for Juniata College, an emeritus board member for Deer Valley YMCA Family Camp, and chairs multiple committees at South Avenue United Methodist Church in Wilkinsburg.

Jason Cohn
Vice President & Resident

Jason renovated the house he has lived in for 20 years as well as several other properties in the general area. As a result, he has developed a basic understanding of and appreciation for the difficulties and value of renovating the building stock in the Borough.

In addition to his renovation and development experience, Jason is a self-employed photographer and videographer.

His commitment to the community includes civic leadership. He is the current president of the Industrial and Commercial Authority and Municipal Authority, the Zoning Hearing Board and President and a 5 co-founders of the Wilkinsburg Sun. He has served two terms on Borough Council: two years as Vice President and two as President. He is also past President of the Hamnett Place Neighborhood Association, past Chair of the Wilkinsburg Planning Commission and a former member of the Landmarks Capital Corporation Board.

Ron Porter
President & CEO, RDP Consulting Services

Since founding RDP Consulting services in 1985, Ronald Porter has facilitated collaboration and planning between diverse groups of residents and business owners. His 30 years of consulting experience include instituting an inclusive planning process for the development of the Lower Hill District and contributing to a Community Benefits Agreement between residents and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He is currently retained by the City of Pittsburgh to facilitate planning in Homewood, East Liberty, East Hills, Lincoln-Lemington and Larimer and is Vice Chair of the Design Center of Pittsburgh.

Leslie G. Ledbetter-Patterson


Originally from Masury, Ohio, Leslie moved to Pittsburgh in 1978 and began her career with what is now PNC Bank as a teller, eventually serving as branch manager for several branches before retiring from PNC in 2015. Some of the first meetings of the WCDC were held at the bank’s Wilkinsburg branch when she was its manager. 

In addition to her professional career, Leslie is a member and past president of the East Liberty and Wilkinsburg Rotary; a board member and past president of the WCDC; a Girl Scout leader; a member of Deliverance Baptist Church; and she has served as the bookkeeper for White Memorial Chapel since 2005.

A resident of Wilkinsburg for 37 years, Leslie is eager to see the community — particularly the business district — grow into a destination for people to visit, shop, and dine.

Brian Seiffert
Member & Resident
Artemis Construction & Design

With extensive experience in construction and restoration, Brian Sieffert brings to the Board a passion for sustainability and development opportunities in communities with high vacancy rates like Wilkinsburg.

He hopes to facilitate creative collaborations between lenders and buyers in order to attract new residents and visitors to the area.

Stefani Smith

Having worked in Wilkinsburg for five years at the First National Bank of Pittsburgh, where she is now the branch manager, Stefani Smith is deeply invested in the revival of the borough’s business community. A resident of New Kensington, Smith’s day-to-day focus is improving financial literacy and business development within Wilkinsburg, with the goal of creating a vibrant commercial corridor.

Stefani is a member of the Wilkinsburg-Regent Square Rotary, and served as its president until July 2019. She is currently the vice president of the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce. She is pursuing a degree in human resource management from Strayer University.


Steve Alschuler
Founder, Alschuler Communications

Prior to joining the WCDC, Steve supported the organization and other Wilkinsburg-based groups through in-kind communications and PR support. As founder of his own firm, Alschuler Communications, Steve brings a wealth of public relations and marketing knowledge to the WCDC board.

Steve’s background includes strategic communications counsel, crisis communications strategy, and governmental affairs.

Monique McIntosh, M.Ed
Member & Resident

Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

With 27-years of experience in education and nonprofit service, Monique is Chief Administrative Officer of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and previously served as Vice-President of Programs and Services with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

Monique has worked to build and advance local and regional collaborations that are broadly inclusive and focused on achieving racial equity. She approaches community development through the lens of collective impact and to address racial disparities in communities.

A native of Wilkinsburg, Monique attended Turner Elementary and St James schools. She is a member of the Forbes Fund Executive Council, Homewood Community Development Collaborative, and an Advisory Committee member for the University of Pittsburgh’s Homewood Brushton Community Engagement Center.

Tracy Whittington
Member & Resident

Retired U.S. Diplomat

As a U.S. Diplomat, two decades of living in and traveling to 10 cities and four continents has provided Tracy the opportunity to gain experience in relating to and communicating with top U.S. and foreign officials. She has performed duties in human rights and external affairs, financial management, developed cultural outreach for indigenous communities, built low-income housing, managed meal programs for homeless people and has adjusted to different sets of political issues while learning new professional proficiencies.

Her philosophy is that her value comes not in a deep knowledge in the places she has been, but in the skills, she possesses to successfully navigate whatever situation she faces.

Tracy has been an active volunteer with youth organizations, housing groups and several domestic and international animal rescue organizations.

Interested in serving on the WCDC’s Board of Directors?

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