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Wanda began with OPDC as the Executive Director in 2009, and oversees all OPDC, JobLinks and School 2 Career personnel and programs, fundraising, and planning initiatives. She is a committed and experienced leader in community development, nonprofit management, and neighborhood revitalization. She has a breadth of experience in forming collaborations, building consensus, and managing complex projects. Passionate about Oakland not only as a residential neighborhood but as the economic driver and cultural hub of our region, Wanda draws on experience from neighborhoods throughout the city and from knowledge gleaned from other cities to make Oakland a great place to live, work, and play. Her prior work experience includes serving as Senior Planner for the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning and most recently as a Program Officer for Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development. She earned her master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, and her bachelor’s in Sociology/Anthropology from Denison University.
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Elly joined Oakland Planning and Development Corporation in 2007 as Assistant Director. Elly’s responsibilities include real estate development, financial management and overseeing property management, technology, and all things ‘sustainable’ or ‘green’ for the organization. Previously, she directed outreach efforts for Menomonee Valley Partners in Milwaukee, WI and volunteered for the US Peace Corps in Jamaica significantly expanding capacity for their recycling program. Elly holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.
Assistant Director for Workforce & Strategy
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Bryan joined OPDC in 2011 to lead strategy planning and organizational systems upgrades for JobLinks, OPDC’s successful workforce development program. In addition to overseeing JobLinks operations and staff, Bryan leads fundraising and program development and expansion efforts for other OPDC programs. He has over 15 years experience working for The Pittsburgh Project as Director of Administration and Communication and later as the Development Manager. Among his many accomplishments, Bryan led The Pittsburgh Project’s implementation of the Community Quality Institute’s Youth Standards. Bryan is a former board president of Friendship Ministries, Inc., and now serves on the board of The Saxifrage School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton (Ill.) College and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh.
School 2 Career Program Director
Karla Stallworth joined OPDC in 2007 as the director of School 2 Career (S2C). She is primarily responsible for job development training, interviewing, career exploration, resume and cover letter preparation, and organizing mentored work experience opportunities for youth enrolled in the program. Prior to coming to OPDC, Mrs. Stallworth held the position of Youth Program Director for Breachmenders Ministries, where she administered the S2C program for six years until the organization closed its doors in 2007. Formerly a bank officer, she worked for Dollar Bank from 1995-2001, rising quickly through the ranks from the position of Mortgage Opener to the first Officer of Credit Card Operations. From 1990 – 1995, Mrs. Stallworth was the first civilian auditor within the Travel Division of Yokota Air Force Base, Japan, and was honored as Civilian of the Quarter. Under her leadership, S2C’s budget has increased by 75%, enrollment has grown nearly 80%, and over 150 students have graduated from the program with a 100% high school graduation rate. Mrs. Stallworth’s diverse background and experience are tremendous assets to this organization and to the community.
Real Estate Manager
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Blair Kossis joined OPDC in October of 2010 as the Property Manager. His responsibilities include overseeing OPDC’s rental portfolio, providing quality affordable housing to families and individuals with a variety of income levels and unique needs, and working with colleagues to connect tenants to community activities. Prior to joining OPDC, Blair managed a private property management company. A Pittsburgh native, Blair earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a concentration in Management & Advertising from Kent State University.
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Rebekkah joined OPDC in September of 2010. She manages all marketing and communications for the organization and helps manage Oakland’s code enforcement group, Oakwatch. Rebekkah first began working in community development in 2007 at the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, where she did community organizing, marketing, and helped pilot the organization’s quarterly publication of Squirrel Hill Magazine. Rebekkah holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations/Social & Cultural History from Carnegie Mellon University and enjoys volunteering in her free time with organizations including Tree Pittsburgh, Lawrenceville United and the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation.
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Kimberly joined OPDC in January 2012. A New Orleans native, Kimberly holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Communication from the University of New Orleans. Previously, Kimberly worked for many years in the judicial court system. Kimberly provides clerical and administrative support for all of OPDC’s programs and is not ashamed to tell you that she loves organizing! She has grown to love Pittsburgh and loves the diversity of Oakland and its community members.
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David started in September of 2012 as OPDC’s Community Programs Manager. Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, David carries a bachelor’s degree in Business and International Studies from Goshen College. Having worked and studied abroad in Egypt, Spain, and Colombia, David brings unique cultural insights to the diverse neighborhood of Oakland. As the Community Programs Manager, he is committed to bringing out the best of Oakland through the development of new green initiatives, business capacity, complete streets, and the encouragement of community involvement.