About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Bloomfield Development Corporation is to build a thriving, diverse community through equitable engagement.


Christina Howell
Executive Director

Christina’s work in community development includes positions at Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (now Design Center) and Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation. With BDC since 2014, she also worked in commercial real estate and in public relations at both the State Museum of Harrisburg and the Senator John Heinz History Center. Currently, Christina serves as Treasurer on the Baum Centre Initiative. A three-year alumnus of AmeriCorps, Christina graduated from Duquesne University and lives with her family in Bloomfield.
Michele Goldammer
Finance Manager

After working as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) for a significant period, Michele, moved into nonprofit work where she serves as Finance Manager for the Community Benefit Organization (CBO) Collaborative. Formed in 2016, the CBO Collaborative consists of Bloomfield Development Corp, Lawrenceville Corp, Lawrenceville United, and Strip District Neighbors. Michele joined the Collaborative in January 2018 and resides in the Hazelwood neighborhood.
Sam Spearing
Business District Coordinator
PULSE Fellow

Sam Spearing, a native of Holtwood, Pennsylvania, completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. During his time at Pitt, he co-founded the Pitt Progressives Organization and was a swim coach for the Southern End Community Association. He also served as a Deputy Fellow Manager for Sara Innamorato for State Representative and a Campaign Fellow for Summer Lee for State Representative. In his free time, Sam enjoys hiking, camping, reading, and knitting. He is a part of the East End cohort, and is serving at Bloomfield Development Corporation through July 2019.
Abi Gildea
Program Coordinator
Bloomfield Saturday Market

Abi is the Program Coordinator of the Bloomfield Saturday Market. She recently graduated from Point Park University with a bachelor’s degree in Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Management and a minor in Multimedia. Abi has worked with other organizations such as City of Asylum and Tobacco Free Allegheny. She is a Pittsburgh native and wants to dedicate her career to helping the city and its residents flourish. If Abi isn’t at work, you can see her at a local show or asking to pet someone’s dog.
Max Hill
Market Assistant

Prior to joining BDC in September 2018, Max worked at Repair the World as as Team Lead of the Food Justice Fellow program. His experience in both farming and social media production are being put to good use in his role coordinating social media and volunteers for the Bloomfield Saturday Market program. A graduate of Tulane University with a history and psychology degree, Max is interested in food justice and advocacy.
Jess Cook
Housing Specialist

A resident of Bloomfield, Jess became interested in BDC's housing work in February 2018 during a community process for new development. Since then, she has volunteered her time consistently to help identify Bloomfield's specific housing issues as well as develop BDC's housing program. A veteran of the hospitality industry, Jess is finishing her Urban Studies degree at University of Pittsburgh.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee
Dan Barrett, Resident
Grants Officer, Buhl Foundation
Vice Chair
Matt Ficorilli, Resident & Business
Realtor, Your Town Realty
Michael “Q” Roth, Resident
Farmer Support Specialist, Small Farm Central
Lauren Nichols, Resident
Associate Attorney, Goodrich & Associates

Board Members
Mamadou Balde, Esq., Resident
Development Fellow, ACTION-Housing

Justine Coyne, Resident
Editor, Steel Markets, S&P Global Platts

Courtney Erlichman, Resident & Business
Consultant, The Erlichman Group
Ken Haywood, Resident & Business
Multi-Unit Landlord
Alix Levy, Resident
Policy Analyst, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Jodi Lincoln, Resident
Property Manager, Oakland Planning and Development Corp.
Ian Luconti, Resident & Business
Social Media & Marketing Director, Luconti Promotions
Katie Markowski, Resident
Financial Planner, Watermark Financial
Larisa Murphy, At Large
Tax Manager, Sisterson

Robin Nitkulinec, Business
Director of Volunteer Services, Director of Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Services, West Penn
   Hospital/Allegheny Health Network

Joshua Rolon, Resident
Main Street Manager, Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp.
Omar Soriano, Resident & Business
Marketing Consultant

Dan Yablonsky, Resident
Associate Director of Development, Bike Pittsburgh

Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes

All agendas and minutes of the Bloomfield Development Corp. Board of Directors are publicly available. Agendas and minutes from the previous six months are posted below. Agendas and meetings from more than six months ago are available upon request via email or via phone at 412.681.8800.

June 2019 Agenda

June Minutes

May 2019 Agenda

May Minutes

No Board Meeting in April

March 2019 Agenda

March Minutes

February 2019 Agenda
February Minutes

January 2019 Agenda
January Minutes

November Agenda
November Minutes

October Agenda
October Minutes

September Agenda
September Minutes

July Agenda
July Minutes

June Agenda
June Minutes

We thank the following former board members for their service to their community!

Jennifer Lucchino, Interarchitecture
Lesley Rains, Alphabet City
Stevie Sheridan
John Pieranunzi, Station
Sarah Stroney, RIDC, Resident
Ryan Edmondson, Keller Williams
Elizabeth Gombert, Resident
Jeff Manganello, Lather
Ngani Ndimbie, Bike Pittsburgh
Benjamen Reese, Resident
Moira Harrington, Tessaro’s
Dave Namestnik, Lot 17
Janette Schafer, Wesbanco
Dominic Piccola, Resident
Constance Voas, Allegheny Health Network
Clarence Jackson, Huntington Bank (formerly PNC Bank)
Kathleen McKenzie, Highmark

Support Us

Interested in doing a little more for your neighborhood? From helping with a cleanup for a couple of hours, joining our board, or putting your professional skills to use, we have volunteer opportunities to fit your interests and schedule. Send us an email today to find the right fit for you!

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