Our Staff

Jeremy Waldrup
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.

In addition to leading the work of the PDP, Mr. Waldrup participated in the inaugural class of Lead Now, is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh Class XXXI and serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of Healthy Ride Bike Share Program. He has also been recognized as Bike Pittsburgh’s Advocate of the Year, a recent Pittsburgh Business Times Fast Tracker, and member of Smart Business’s Smart 50 – Class of 2015.

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.

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.

Tracy Brindle
Operations Manager, Clean and Outreach Program

Tracy is responsible for the management of all facets of the Clean & Outreach 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 outreach 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!

Cindy Day
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.

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Jack Dougherty
Director of Special Events

Mr. Dougherty serves as the Director of Special Events for the PDP. He is responsible for the implementation and management of the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, Picklesburgh, Rooftop Shindigs, and Night Markets, among many other events.

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.

Caitlin Fadgen 
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.

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Lynda Fairbrother
Executive Assistant and Office Manager

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, and Vice Presidents of Finance, Events, Marketing, and Mobility, 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.

Leigh Frank
Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Ms. Frank 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. Frank 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. Frank worked at Duquesne University, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Ms. Frank 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.

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Colten Gill
Digital and Online Content Coordinator

Mr. Gill serves as the Digital and Online Content Coordinator for the PDP. He is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the PDP’s digital and online communications strategies, working with the marketing team in order to create innovative and effective content, messaging, and digital resources to showcase the Downtown community. These efforts include the PDP’s various social media networks, email newsletter campaigns, and the DowntownPittsburgh.com website, along with providing assistance with the creation and distribution of various pieces of marketing collateral.

Prior to joining the PDP, Mr. Gill worked as a Digital Analyst at a startup on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

Mr. Gill earned a B.S. in Sports, Arts, & Entertainment Management from Point Park University, where he serves as a Director on the Board of the Point Park University Alumni Association.

Tori Gohn
Manager of Special Events

In her role as Manager of Special Events for the PDP, Ms. Gohn is responsible for the management and coordination of Market Square events including Farmer’s Markets, Fashion Markets, Yoga in the Square and Night Markets, among many other downtown events.

Prior to joining PDP, Ms. Gohn served as Internal Events Manager at Phipps Conservatory where she coordinated community events as well as culinary arts programming. 

Ms. Gohn moved from York, Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh to receive her Bachelor’s degree in both Communications and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, and has called Pittsburgh home ever since.

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.

Karin Manovich
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.

Kathryn Schlesinger 
Operations and Outreach Manager for Mobility

Serving as the Operations and Outreach Manager on the Mobility team, Ms. Schlesinger joined the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership team in October 2018 and focuses on mobility and public realm planning initiatives, stakeholder engagement, operational and technical support, and project management to help enhance the built environment and infrastructure of Downtown Pittsburgh for all users.

Before coming to the PDP, Ms. Schlesinger began her 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.

Chris Watts
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.

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