Staff

Executive Director
Wanda Wilson
wwilson@opdc.org
412.621.7863 Ext. 15

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.

Assistant Director
Elly Fisher
efisher@opdc.org
412.621.7863 Ext. 12

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.

 

School 2 Career Program Director
Karla Stallworth
kstallworth@s2c.opdc.org
412.682.1144

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.

Property Manager
Larry McCleod
lmccleod@opdc.org
412.621.7863 Ext. 10

Larry McCleod joined OPDC in March of 2017 as the Property Manager. Larry has over 15 years of property management experience in public and private housing. Larry most recently worked with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh as a Housing Counselor, and held multiple positions during his eleven years at the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh. He holds certifications and accreditations from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Institute of Real Estate Management, and the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) program. He is a proud graduate of Schenley High School and Clarion State University.

Communications Manager
Rebekkah Ranallo
rranallo@opdc.org
412.621.7863 Ext. 23

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.

Office Manager
Kimberly Chatman-Johnson
kchatman@opdc.org
412.621.7863 Ext. 25

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.

Program Manager
David Zwier
dzwier@opdc.org
412.621.7863 Ext. 14

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.

Program Analyst
Andrea Boykowycz
aboykowycz@opdc.org
412.621.7863 ext. 24

Joining OPDC in March 2017, Andrea brings 12 years of experience serving on the OPDC board, where she has contributed her perspective as a longtime Oakland resident and homeowner, as well as her skills in communications and budget management. She is a passionate advocate for recruiting new homeowners to Oakland and increasing opportunities for political engagement and civic participation for all Oakland residents. Andrea previously worked as an outreach coordinator for PennFuture, and as a grants manager in New York for a number of nonprofits and private foundations. She is a graduate of Schenley High School, Columbia University, and Central European University. She’s excited for the opportunity to work more immediately on neighborhood and organizational development close to home.

Please visit our JobLinks and School 2 Career pages to learn more about their staff!

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