President and CEO
Joining the Partnership in May 2011 as President and CEO, Mr. Waldrup is responsible for working with the Board of Directors, stakeholders and staff to create and implement a vision that ensures Downtown Pittsburgh remains a vibrant and innovative place to live, work and play.
Prior to joining the PDP, Mr. Waldrup worked to support economic development initiatives with the City of New York serving as Assistant Commissioner of District Development for the Department of Small Business Services. In this role Jeremy was responsible for the oversight and capacity building of the City’s 64 Business Improvement Districts and investing in commercial revitalization projects through an annual grant making program to local economic development organizations.
Mr. Waldrup also worked in business support and community development having worked for the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and at Charlotte Center City Partners. Jeremy also worked in the private sector as a consultant for the downtown master plans of Schenectady, NY and his hometown of Asheville, NC. Mr. Waldrup received a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Lucinda G. Beattie
Vice President of Transportation
As VP of Transportation for the PDP, Ms. Beattie is focused on campaigns to mitigate traffic congestion and enhance ease of travel Downtown. She played a lead role in PDP’s “Coneman Campaign” and serves on PDP’s Construction Mitigation Task Force and represents the PDP on all transportation-related committees and coalitions.PDP’s “Coneman Campaign” and serves on PDP’s Construction Mitigation Task Force and represents the PDP on all transportation-related committees and coalitions.
Prior to joining the PDP, Ms. Beattie was a consultant for major neighborhood revitalization projects and held several positions with the South Side Local Development Company.
Ms. Beattie has a B.A. from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and a Masters of Science in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Operations Manager for Clean and Safe Program
Tracy is responsible for the management of all facets of the safe and clean program throughout the Downtown Pittsburgh Business Improvement District. She develops a custom team deployment plan which maximizes the effectiveness of resources, including personnel and equipment, and continually adjusts the plan to meet the changing daily needs of the service district. Tracy applies high standards of quality service to practices and policies of the daily clean and safe operations to fully address all local needs and concerns of the stakeholders in the BID.
Tracy has acquired all her management and professional business skills through lifelong involvement in the show jumping equestrian field based on the east coast, as well as a decade long tenure as a licensed New York and Connecticut real estate sales professional. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing.
Tracy is proud to play a vital role in the continuing revitalization of America’s most livable city!
Vice President of Finance and Administration
Ms. Day serves as Vice President of Finance and Administration. She is responsible for creating, implementing and overseeing the financial and administrative policies and systems needed to support the operations of the organization including accounting and budgeting, financial reporting and human resource administration.
Prior to joining the PDP, Ms. Day served as the Director of Finance for Sarah Heinz House, a Boys and Girls Club on the north side of Pittsburgh. She has also worked for Bookminders, Inc., various churches in the North Hills and Price Waterhouse.
Ms. Day earned her B.S. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Senior Manager of Special Events
Mr. Dougherty serves as a Senior Marketing and Special Events Manager for the PDP. He is responsible for the implementation and management of the Peoples Gas Holiday MarketTM, Rooftop Shindigs, and the quarterly Night Market events, as well as assisting with various other marketing campaigns, special events, social media and the weekly PDP e-newsletter.
Prior to joining PDP, Mr. Dougherty served as an Americorp VISTA member in Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s office as the Civic Engagement Associate, where he implemented and managed several of the Mayor’s servePGH volunteer initiatives.
Mr. Dougherty earned a B.A. in political science from Duquesne University in 2011.
Senior Manager of Economic Development
Caitlin joined the PDP in August 2017 as the Economic Development manager. She is responsible for the implementation of the PDP’s economic development strategies, including research and data analysis, business outreach, and efforts to enhance the public realm through management and placemaking.
Prior to joining the PDP, Caitlin worked for the Sports and Exhibition Authority of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (SEA) as a Sustainability Analyst. While working at the SEA, she served as a LEED Project Administrator for the LEED for Existing Buildings O+M Platinum certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center re-certification. She also worked for PPG Industries in research and development prior to earning her MBA and Master of Sustainability from Chatham University.
Ms. Fadgen earned a B.A. from Washington & Jefferson College and is also a LEED Green Associate.
Ms. Fairbrother is the welcoming face of the PDP office. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the front office and communicates via telephone, email, and in person with numerous clients, members, visitors, business owners, residents, and employees on a daily basis.
In addition to providing administrative support for the President and CEO, the Director of Finance, and Vice Presidents of Marketing, Economic Development and Transportation, Ms. Fairbrother heads the parking reservation program and assists the marketing department with membership.
Ms. Fairbrother earned a degree from Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is pursuing another in Interior Design.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Ms. Held serves as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the PDP. She manages all social media, the PDP website, weekly e-newsletters, and other communication and marketing channels. She assists with the updating, maintenance, and distribution of marketing collateral including Downtown guides, press releases, advertising, and other publications. She also provides support and assistance at a variety of PDP events.
Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Ms. Held attended the University of Pittsburgh – Bradford, where she earned a BA in Public Relations with a minor in Political Science. She also interned with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Carnegie Science Center.
Russell A. Howard
Vice President of Special Events & Development
As the Vice President of Special Events and Development, Mr. Howard is responsible for developing and programming activities that encourage visitation and support the economic vitality of Downtown Pittsburgh including the PDP’s signature events Light Up Night® and the Peoples Gas Holiday Market™. Additionally he ensures the financial success of the PDP’s endeavors through creating value-added sponsorship opportunities.
Mr. Howard has extensive experience in cable and broadcast TV, most recently serving as SVP Communications Worldwide for National Geographic Channels in Washington DC. As VP Marketing & Communications at TEAM Services in Woodbury NY, he developed PPV marketing campaigns for WWE, Universal Studios, Paramount Studios and New Line Cinema. Previously, Mr. Howard managed news promotion, public relations, and community affairs at KDKA-TV2, initiating efforts such as the media partnership for the launch of the Andy Warhol Museum, fund-raising telethons for NEED and establishing joint news bureaus with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mr. Howard also served as Chairman of The Three Rivers Film Festival while on the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
Mr. Howard received a BA in Visual Media Communications from the University of Pittsburgh.
Manager of Special Events
Ms. Joseph serves as the Manager of Special Events for the PDP. She is responsible for the management and implementation of various downtown events including the weekly Market Square Farmers Market and KidsPlay, as well as coordination and logistics for events held in Market Square by a variety of community groups and businesses. She will also be working on many of the PDP’s larger special events including Light Up Night and Picklesburgh.
Prior to joining the PDP, Ms. Joseph served as Co-Chair of Canada’s National Student Commonwealth Forum, where she was responsible for running a youth engagement conference highlighting the importance of the Commonwealth to contemporary politics. She has also served two terms as Festival Coordinator for the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Music Festival.
Ms. Joseph earned a B.Com. in International Business from Carleton University.
Member Relations Manager
Prior to joining the PDP, Ms. Manovich served as executive director of Troy Main Street, Inc., a National Main Street affiliate in Ohio. Her responsibilities included downtown advocacy, destination marketing, economic development, and special events for an historic downtown. As Member Relations Manager, she is responsible for planning and implementing programs and projects that engage current members, cultivate new members, enhance volunteer participation, and provide tangible member benefits.
Ms. Manovich previously worked in Dayton, OH leading non-profit organizations in neighborhood revitalization, community development and historic preservation.
A graduate of Penn State University, Ms. Manovich began her career in Pittsburgh at Mellon Bank and has recently returned to a reinvigorated Pittsburgh.
Operations and Outreach Manager
Serving as the Operations and Outreach Manager, Ms. Schlesinger joined the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership team in October 2018 and will be working exclusively on mobility, transportation, and built environment projects with the mobility team to further improve the public realm of Downtown Pittsburgh for all users.
Before coming to the PDP, Ms. Schlesinger began her formal career at the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, where she worked for three years as the Policy Coordinator managing multiple land, capital, and mobility based working groups, leading local and state policy initiatives, and providing a range of technical support on internal and external projects. Over her time at PCRG, Ms. Schlesinger earned her LEED Green Associate accreditation and began a Master’s program at Carnegie Mellon University through Heinz College’s Public Policy and Management School in January 2018.
Although originally hailing from sunny south Florida, Ms. Schlesinger considers Pittsburgh to be her second home. In 2010, Ms. Schlesinger moved to Pittsburgh to attend the University of Pittsburgh to pursue her dual B.A. in Environmental Studies and History, as well as a GIS Certificate.
Vice President of Mobility
Chris Watts joined the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership staff in April 2018 as the Vice President of Mobility, where he is responsible for leading urban mobility initiatives and implementing innovative projects that are designed to make Downtown Pittsburgh a more engaging and accessible place to live, work, and play.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Mr. Watts served as the Executive Director of the congressionally chartered National Fitness Foundation where he developed their unique public-private model and pioneered new strategies that delivered millions of dollars to thousands of schools across the country. Previously Mr. Watts built the sportswear social enterprise 4POINT4 and served in the Obama Administration with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, directing partnerships in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative. He began his career as a sustainability & transportation engineering analyst at Kimley Horn and is a certified EIT in PA.
A proud Pittsburgh native with an engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Mr. Watts earned an MBA from George Washington University.
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Ms. White serves as the VP of Marketing and Communications for the PDP. She is responsible for ensuring the events, advocacy, research and economic development work of the organization is communicated to stakeholders throughout the region.
Prior to joining the PDP, Ms. White served as the executive director of the Carnegie Community Development Corporation. She was responsible for developing and implementing economic development, business attraction and façade improvement programs, as well implementing a complete marketing plan for the central business district of Carnegie.
Prior to Carnegie, Ms. White worked at Duquesne University, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Ms. White is a graduate of the CORO Center’s Women in Leadership Program and a past recipient of PUMP and Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Award. She studied Communications Media at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.