Executive Director of the Lawrenceville Corporation, which acts as a catalyst and conduit for responsible growth and reinvestment in the Lawrenceville community. In addition to facilitating nearly $100 million in public and private investment in the neighborhood over past 3.5 years, Matt has served as the organizational lead for several catalytic neighborhood planning processes including the Upper Lawrenceville Plan, Lawrenceville Pivot, and the Allegheny Green Boulevard Plan. Since he arrived in Pittsburgh a dozen years ago, Matt has worked as a community development professional in numerous areas of the city, including the Penn Avenue Arts District, Hazelwood, and the Northside. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School for Community Organization and Social Administration. Matt has served on several boards and committees, including the URA Real Estate Loan Review Committee, the URA’s New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board, Green Boulevard Working Group, Sprout Fund Public Art Advisory Committee, Friends of Arsenal Park Steering Committee, Leslie Park Pool Advisory Panel, and the Carnegie Mellon Artist Incubation Advisory Committee.
Paulo Nzambi is currently an attorney at law. His previous experience includes Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) and its subsidiaries Bidwell Training Center, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, and the National Center for Arts and Technology. Prior to his tenure with MBC, Mr. Nzambi worked as a trial lawyer for the City of Pittsburgh and the law firm of Robb Leonard Mulvihill. An entrepreneur, Mr. Nzambi has managed the acquisition, renovation, and rental of residential real estate, a project he started in 2003 and continues to the present day. In addition to his civic activism, Mr. Nzambi is a member of Pittsburgh Playback Theatre. As a playwright and actor, Mr. Nzambi’s most recent plays “Unintended Consequences” (2008) and “To Suffer the Silence” (2007) were performed as part of the Three Rivers Arts festival. Mr. Nzambi joined Manchester Bidwell Corporation in August of 2009. Working for a non-profit conglomerate that provides arts education, adult career training, and operates social enterprises has provided Mr. Nzambi a unique opportunity to integrate his diverse skill sets--as an artist, entrepreneur, and lawyer.
Rick Belloli has more than twenty years of experience in real estate and nonprofit management. Currently, he is a partner in Q Development LLC which engages in community sensitive real estate development. Prior to Q, he was a principal of Civic Square, which he co-founded. Civic Square is a multidisciplinary economic development practice with specialties in Real Estate & Development, Business District Strategies, and Nonprofit Management & Governance. Prior to Civic Square, Rick was the Executive Director of South Side Local Development Company from 2003 to 2011. South Side LDC was a community development corporation founded in 1982 with the purpose of promoting the economic revitalization and historic preservation of Pittsburgh’s South Side.
Taris Vrcek is a third-generation McKees Rocks resident and a graduate of Sto-Rox High School. After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Vrcek pursued a career in information technology before spearheading a re-visioning of his community that would ultimately result in formation of a Strategic Revitalization Plan and the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation (MRCDC). During his tenure as Executive Director, Vrcek has helped facilitate nearly $100M in economic development. With an initial focus on brownfield development, MRCDC has grown into a comprehensive community development agency, leveraging strategic partnerships toward a vision of a 'complete' Sto-Rox, with strategic initiatives in Main Street / Arts development, Workforce Readiness, Youth Engagement, and recreational/green space development. In his non-work time, Vrcek enjoys playing and writing music, as well as outdoor activities.
Hayley Haldeman, a Pittsburgh native, is a litigation associate in the Pittsburgh office of Jones Day, an international law firm. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and the George Washington University. Currently, she focuses her practice on civil litigation in federal and state courts, with an emphasis on product liability and complex commercial disputes.
Hayley maintains an active pro bono practice, counseling nonprofit organizations regarding tax-exempt status and corporate governance issues. Within the community, Hayley serves on the Mattress Factory’s Board of Directors and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Millennial Steering Committee, among other roles. In the Allegheny County Bar Association, she is chair of the Arts & the Law Committee. She founded and chairs a regional program that promotes childhood literacy and interest in local history.
Michael is a director with Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) in its Washington, D.C. office. He obtained a BS in Economics from John Carroll University and received his law degree from Duquesne University. Michael's law practice was devoted primarily to employment/labor law, law enforcement/public entity liability, and commercial litigation. He is admitted to practice law in all Pennsylvania state courts, the USDC Western District, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Michael is active in Pittsburgh’s non-profit community and serves on the Board of Directors for Wesley Spectrum Services, and he formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. In addition, he is the Vice Chair of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Board of Trustees.
WILLIAM EARL KOFMEHL, III
William Earl Kofmehl, III, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native and sculptor, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts preceding a Fifth Year Scholarship to study Civil Engineering. Kofmehl then attended Yale University, obtaining a Master of Fine Arts Degree.
Immediately following graduation from Yale's MFA program studying sculpture, Kofmehl was represented by Lombard-Freid Gallery in New York City. He received admittance into the exclusive 250 member Artist Pension Trust in New York City in 2007. Kofmehl participated in Contemporary Visual Art talks and exhibitions in Hong Kong, Brittany, France, Winterthur, Switzerland, Miami, New York, Chicago, Monteverde, Costa Rica and London. Over the past decade, Kofmehl has held adjunct Professorial appointments at Carnegie Mellon University, the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, France, University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University.