Who We Are
Our Mission & Approach
The Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, community-based organization focused on the development of the Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, PA. The MWCDC works with partners in the local community, the City and the region to bring investment and development to Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights, while advocating for support and services to improve the quality of life and safety of the community.
We seek to bring together residents and business owners in Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights to cultivate growth, development and investment toward an even stronger and more livable community.
The MWCDC works with organizations like the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) as well as local developers on projects ranging from the renovation of residential properties to the redevelopment of storefronts. We also advocate for infrastructure improvements and city services for our community to help Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights to thrive. We recently worked with the Port Authority to include Mount Washington on public transit routes, increasing visitors and commerce in the community, while also helping residents receive better access to transportation.
In 2020 and beyond, we will increase our development efforts to support the attraction, retention and expansion of new and existing businesses, residents, and tourists in our community.
MWCDC Executive Director
Gordon is almost a Pittsburgh native (he grew up in Peters Township) who currently resides in the Knoxville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Gordon started at MWCDC on March 19, 2018.
Gordon earned a Master of Science in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, with emphases in Policy Analysis, Urban and Regional Economic Development, Public Finance and Management, and Public Administration in addition to a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Building Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, School of Architecture, with emphases in Urban Planning and Zoning Code Development.
In addition to his education, Gordon brings 30 years of experience in real estate development, remodeling and home building, economic development, and business management and consulting. He has also worked successfully with a wide range of public, private, and non-profit organizations, including the National Recycling Coalition, the National Information Technology Center, the Pittsburgh High Technology Council, and the U.S. Department of Energy, DOD, EPA and NASA.
As Executive Director of the MWCDC, some of Gordon’s responsibilities include implementing the MWCDC Strategic Plan 2018-2022 through various programs and priorities adopted by the Board of Directors and community, developing new programs and plans that meet community needs, developing multiple funding strategies to continue to enhance the business development and housing strategy activities of the MWCDC, and developing strong channels of communication with community members and stakeholders in order to best understand resident and business needs and accomplish MWCDC goals.
Board of Directors, 2019-2020
The Mount Washington Community Development Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors elected by MWCDC Members at an annual October meeting. The Directors maintain fiduciary responsibility for the organization, are elected for 3-year terms and sign Ethics Statements and Conflict of Interest Statements upon becoming Board Members.
- Perry Ninness, President
- Joe Rewis, Vice President
- Terry Moss, Secretary
- Mary Causey, Treasurer
- Darla D’Anna
- John Norbut
- Tom Tighe
- Chris Kail
- Jean Novak
- Lawrence McCullough
- Lori Stover
Our Partners & Sponsors
- Birmingham Foundation
- Duquesne Light
- Heinz Endowments
- Hillman Foundation
- Jackson Charitable Trust 2014
- Laurel Foundation
- National Environmental Education
- PNC Charitable Trust 2014
- PNC Foundation
- Richard King Mellon Foundation
- Roy A. Hunt Foundation
- Urban Redevelopment Authority,
- Mainstreets Program
- Window Box Garden Club
- Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
- City of Pittsburgh
- The Office of Councilwoman Kail-Smith
- The Office of Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak
- The Office of Councilman Bruce Kraus
- Duquesne Incline
- Port Authority
- GTECH Strategies
- Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
- National Park Service
- Allegheny Land Trust
- Hilltop Alliance
- West End Alliance
- East Liberty Development, Inc.
- Venture Outdoors
- Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
- Tree Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh Cares
- Penn State Extension
- Civil & Environmental Consultants
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