Chris Koch joined Design Center Pittsburgh in July 2012 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Chris was co-founder and COO of GTECH Strategies. In 2008, Chris was awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship for global social enterprise. In 2011, she was honored as one of the 15 “Women Greening the Pittsburgh Region” by the Women and Girls Foundation. She holds a Masters of Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in History from the same.
Marian Lien serves as the Executive Director of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. For over 20 years, her interests and desires to create a more socially just society has led her down a professional path creating safer environments for patients in rural health care; teaching diversity in higher-ed; and building a more sustainable community. A ‘1.5 gen-er,’ from Taiwan, Marian straddles the two worlds of Chinese-Eastern and American-Western ways. She grew up in southern California in a household wherein four Asian languages as well as English could be heard at any one time. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and strives to understand how people’s lives can be enhanced through public and governmental systems. Marian currently serves on the Greater Pittsburgh’s YMCA Committee for Diversity, Inclusion and Global Centers of Excellence (DIG); is a commissioner on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs in Pennsylvania and on the City of Pittsburgh’s Commission for Human Relations. She begins her third year on the executive board of OCA Advocates for Asian and Pacific Americans, Pittsburgh Chapter.
Gordon Manker is the Business Development Specialist for the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation since March 2015.His responsibility is to coordinate 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. Gordon worked at the Micro-Business Institute and the Environment & Energy Community Outreach Center (EECO), both programs of Pittsburgh Community Services Inc. Most recently, Gordon is the President of the Board at Hope For Tomorrow and was the treasurer for the Board at Pittsburgh Green Innovators.
Greg Whitted is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of existing housing stock throughout Pittsburgh. He’s very active in several community organizations geared towards affordable housing advocacy and initiatives. As the Co- Founder and CEO of the Pittsburgh Housing Development Association (PHDA), he coordinates all program development and Strategic, Capital planning and related activities for PHDA in corporate pursuit of opportunities to assist low to middle-income individuals and families to pursue their dream of home ownership. Greg has also spearheaded the Wilkinsburg Affordable Housing Assessment Study panel in 2010 focused on Wilkinsburg Borough, in collaboration with government and community leaders, non-profit organizations and graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College of Public Policy Management. He works to ensure PHDA enlists support and funds for construction loans, mortgages and first time homebuyer down payment assistance grants from multiple financial institutions. Part of his CEO experience has led him to work on the tax committee draft of Wilkinsburg, PA. Greg’s efforts led to the creation of the Property Tax Abatement/Tax Compromise Legislation, which offered property tax incentives to developers and property tax forgiveness to tax delinquent property owners in order to attract new development to the area.
We’d like to thank our current board members for their continued service and commitment to the organization and we’d like to welcome our new board members to the PCRG team!